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Bridgford Garden Centre owner negotiates for Trespass to set up shop on former site

Edward Tarbatt has completed a deal with the outdoor clothing retailer, which will see it take up a 10-year lease on 4,500sq ft unit on the former garden centre site in NottinghamIn 2017, Blue Diamond agreed a 35-year lease with Bridgford Garden ... 
14 May 2019

2019 DIY Week Awards winners revealed

A host of innovative suppliers and forward-thinking retailers took home accolades at the annual lunchtime event, which brought together representatives from across the industry to celebrate at the Tower Hotel in London. Critically-acclaimed ... 
14 May 2019

LifestyleGarden opens new showroom and distribution centre

LifestyleGarden has announed further growth with the opening of its new showroom and distribution centre. Located in the heart of Essex, the new LifestyleGarden showroom offers 14,000 sq ft of outdoor furniture. It was previously the home to ... 
13 May 2019

Ikea announced partnership with children's organisation Barnardo's

Ikea UK and Barnardo’s today announce a new three-year national partnership to support children and young people across the UK, with a focus on young carers.The partnership brings together Ikea’s focus on creating better lives and better lives at ... 
9 May 2019

TV gardener to open new look garden at Tong Garden Centre

TV gardener Katie Rushworth returns to Tong Garden Centre later this month to open her new look garden and outdoor living space. The ITV Love Your Garden co-presenter will officially open the show garden that has been brought to life by Ms Rushwroth ... 
9 May 2019

Tile Mountain acquires Walls and Floors

The latest deal to take on Kettering-based business Walls and Floors has secured Tile Mountain Group’s place as the UK’s largest privately-owned tile retailerEstablished in 1987, Walls and Floors is headed up by Duncan Lewin and Richard Greenbank. ... 
9 May 2019

Travis Perkins delivers strong profit growth in Q1 results

Builders' merchant Travis Perkins reported strong group revenue growth of 4.8%, and 4.9% on a like-for-like basis, in its Q1 results, showing continued market outperformance in the Contracts division and Toolstation, with LFL sales up 19%.... 
9 May 2019

Is till-free the way forward?

This week saw Sainsbury's launch the first-ever till-free store in the UK and Argos open its first self-service digital store. But some experts ask if digitalising the way consumers shop enough of a solution for bricks-and-mortar stores? On Monday, ... 
3 May 2019

Borrowing for home improvements on the rise

The average home improvement loan has increased by 16% in 2019, with households in the South East borrowing more for home improvements than any other region in the first quarter of this year, whilst the East Midlands saw biggest spike in home ... 
3 May 2019

Kingfisher launches new brand GoodHome in Wallington

On April 26 2019, the new GoodHome by B&Q store opened at 31 – 35 Stafford Road, Wallington offering a new simpler way of shopping for home improvement projects.Kingfisher describe the store as fresh, modern and a local store that offers much ... 
2 May 2019

The internet proves a powerful tool for millennial gardeners

Latest research conducted by Common Sense Gardening, an initiative from the Garden Group of the Crop Protection Association (CPA), reveals that 75% of millennials who garden use search engines to source advice and tips on how to grow produce. ... 
1 May 2019

Tong Garden Centre announced as finalist in industry awards

Tong Garden Centre has announced it is a finalist in two awards of a horticulture industry competition. The business has been shortlisted in the Best New-Build, Refurbishment, Refit or Extension and the Best Sales or Marketing Campaign Categories of ... 
1 May 2019

GIMA secures strong retailer line-up for Buyer Connect

Garden and home retailers, Klondyke Group, Crocus, Wayfair, Haskins Garden Centres are all confirmed to take part in GIMA’s upcoming networking event next month.GIMA confirmed today that the horticultural buyer from Klondyke Group is the latest ... 
30 April 2019

HTA reports a strong start to gardening season

The April 2019 issue of HTA Market Update, published this week, reported that nationally, garden centre sales recovered well from last March, which saw the UK hit with two large bouts of snow and quashed Mother’s Day sales.This year, the first half ... 
30 April 2019

Revenue "flat" for Akzo Q1 figures

Akzo Nobel reported its Q1 figures, reporting revenue as flat in a seasonally low quarter; up 1% in constant currencies, with positive price/mix offset by 7% lower volumes; acquisitions contributed 1%. Adjusted operating income was up by 9% at €163 ... 
29 April 2019

Carpetright restructure restores confidence amongst customers

The carpet and floorcoverings retailer announced LFL sales in its UK operations were up “significantly” in Q4, as customer confidence in the business started to return following the group’s restructuring last year.In the financial update for the 12 ... 
25 April 2019

Asda disappointed by CMA ruling

As Sainsbury’s accuses CMA of taking £1billion out of customers’ pockets by blocking the deal, Asda and its parent firm, Walmart said they were “right to explore merger” with fellow UK grocery chain, Sainsbury’s, adding that its main aim was to ... 
25 April 2019

Outdoor plant sales rise in spring

The start of spring saw sales in outdoor plants soar at garden centres across the country, the Garden Centre Association reported. During March, outdoor plant sales were up 90.85% compared to the same month the previous year, in 2018, according to ... 
25 April 2019

Sainsburys Asda merger blocked by CMA

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has ruled today that the proposed merger cannot go ahead, as UK shoppers would be “worse off” due to reduced competition in the market, with expected price hikes and a drop in quality. But Sainsbury’s ... 
25 April 2019

Squires opens florist at Badshot Lea centre

Local florist Petal & Stem – run by a former Squire’s employee – has set up shop in a prime position just inside the entrance of Squire’s Garden Centre in Badshot Lea.Customers will now be able to buy bouquets of cut flowers at the centre ... 
24 April 2019
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re: Hardware store wins fight against music licence body

Will
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re: The man who put the Q in B&Q visits latest store

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The old BQ that he built respected staff loyalty and rewarded those willing to learn extra to be able to advise customers. The new BQ cut ...

re: Builder wins Toolstation's prize draw pick-up

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re: Homeowners worry over-the-top smart security might attract burglars

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re: Kingfisher study reveals the home is more important to happiness than our jobs

B&Q bob
Ironic then that kingfisher has altered it's staffs Hours so we get to spend less time with our families in our homes than ever before. ...

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