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Kingfisher to axe 400 jobs in France

Europe's largest home improvement retailer, said on Tuesday it planned to cut more than 400 jobs at its Castorama and Brico Depot units in France as it seeks to reduce costs amid weak sales.Kingfisher, which is in the second year of a global plan to ... 
16 February 2018

GCA launches new Rising Star programme for catering staff

Following the on-going success of the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Rising Stars initiative, a new programme aimed at garden centre catering staff was launched at its conference last month.Sponsored by Creed Foodservice, the new programme has ... 
16 February 2018

Patlock secures listings in two major national retailers

Following its appearance on Dragons’ Den, Patlock – the fitted French door lock, has landed deals with Argos and Robert Dyas nationwide.It’s a major coup for Rectella International, whose Bar-Be-Quick brand holds the retail distributorship for the ... 
16 February 2018

Home Hardware named Britain’s Best Housewares Wholesaler

Dealer-owned buying group, Home Hardware Southwest won the Best Housewares Wholesaler accolade at the annual Housewares Innovation Awards hosted by DIY Week sister title, Housewares Magazine.It is the second year running that Home Hardware has taken ... 
16 February 2018

AkzoNobel receives triple recognition as Top Employer

AkzoNobel's continued commitment to offering the best conditions for its employees has been recognized by the Top Employers Institute, with the company receiving official certification in three of its key markets - Brazil, China and the UK. The ... 
15 February 2018

Kelkay bought by Griffon Corporation

Family-run garden landscaping brand, Kelkay has been acquired by the same US firm that took over La Hacienda last July. It now forms part of The AMES Companies, Inc - the largest supplier of non-powered lawn and garden tools in US, Canada and ... 
14 February 2018

Lasher Tools makes move into the UK market

International gardening brand, Lasher Tools has entered the UK market and has appointed JAMP PR to help it target garden centres, builders merchants and home improvement retailers.Established in South Africa over 80 years ago, Lasher supplies ... 
14 February 2018

Toolstation opens 300th branch in Eastleigh with further plans for expansion

Toolstation has announced that its landmark 300th branch will open in Eastleigh on 23rd February 2018.At a time when many national retailers are reducing their branch networks through closure, this milestone achievement demonstrates the success of ... 
13 February 2018

Residential RMI to underpin growth in the UK paint, wallcoverings and woodcare market

The market for paint, wallcoverings and woodcare products was worth an estimated £925m in 2017. An upturn in the construction sector in 2014 stimulated demand for paint and wallcoverings and the market continued to grow to 2015, underpinned by ... 
13 February 2018

Squire’s capitalises on houseplant trend with ‘bottle garden’ masterclass

The independent garden centre chain will run the seasonal planting masterclass next month in 14 of its centres in a bid to entice new customers and novice gardeners to turn their hands to horticulture with a low-maintenance, on-trend project ... 
13 February 2018

January sales hit five-year low, as rising costs put pressure on household income

Sales in the first month of the year have dipped for the first time since 2013, with a sharp decline in high street spending (-4%) and slower growth in online (+1.5%). Household goods saw moderate declines in the month compared with the hardest-hit ... 
13 February 2018

HTA reveals Chelsea plans and urges retailers to get involved

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) will be exhibiting within the Discovery Zone in the Great Pavilion at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show and promises an exhibit that UK garden centres can get behind and replicate in store to join in with ... 
13 February 2018

ManoMano closes 2017 with a turnover of €250 million

ManoMano is confirmed as the largest European marketplace for home improvement and gardening as it closed 2017 with a global turnover of 250 million euros, and having doubled UK turnover year-over-year.Launched in 2013 in France, ManoMano.co.uk ... 
12 February 2018

Coatings, adhesives & sealants industry team up to host Brexit event

The British Coatings Federation (BCF) and the British Adhesives and Sealants Association (BASA) have partnered in a bid to shed light on how Brexit is expected to impact the industries.The seminar, ‘Halfway to Brexit: government, supply chain and ... 
12 February 2018

Co-op partners with Silentnight to sell beds online

The Co-op will sell beds, headboards and mattresses via its new e-commerce site beds.coop.co.ukThe retail group is keen to take its share of what it views as a growing market, quoting AMA figures that report increases of around 3% a year in a sector ... 
9 February 2018

Tough trading continued in January

UK retail sales increased 1.4% last month in line with the year’s average but non-food categories, including big-ticket, struggled and posted declines against a “challenging backdrop”.On a total basis, sales rose 1.4% in January, against a growth of 0.... 
9 February 2018

Wickes appoints Wincanton to manage bulky goods delivery across London

The Travis Perkins-owned retail chain has brought in the logistics provider to manage its HIAB sub-contractor network across London, with a view to growing multi-channel offer further.”Wincanton has been working with Wickes since last February, ... 
8 February 2018

UK retailers are restricting their own growth potential due to limited payment options

The UK’s top retailers are inhibiting their online sales potential by up to 30% by not offering a range of payment options for customers.These are the findings of a new study, carried out by ecommerce and digital agency Visualsoft, which reported ... 
8 February 2018

Squire’s sells Windsor centre but eyes other investment opportunities

Squire’s Garden Centres says it is actively looking for further sites, having “taken the difficult decision” to part with its centre in Windsor, which will close in the autumn of 2018 and be developed into housing. Explaining the decision to sell the ... 
8 February 2018

Bathroom Takeaway due to open new store in the Midlands

Birmingham has been named as the second city that Bathroom Takeaway will be putting down roots, opening a store and trade counter, at what was once the Plumb Center Minworth Industrial Site, creating at least five jobs in the local area.Following ... 
8 February 2018
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