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Devon garden centre blames crippling roadworks for closure

The owners of Eggesford Garden Centre in Devon have made the difficult decision to close down after nine weeks of roadworks on the nearby A377 had “a massive and devastating impact on the business” and proved “the tipping point” for the business' closure. 
4 September 2018

August brings spend increase, but garden centres see only marginal growth

Britons spent 4.5% more this August compared with the same month last year, maintaining the strong levels seen over the summer as a whole, according to the latest data from Barclaycard. However, garden centre businesses only saw a 0.5% growth in stark contrast to double digit growth seen in earlier months. 
4 September 2018

Another DIY shop faces closure in Burnham-on-Sea

Less than a week after it was revealed that Burnham-on-Sea's DIY shop IM Tools was up for sale, another DIY store has said it is in danger of closing down if a new owner cannot be found. 
3 September 2018

AkzoNobel acquires Doves Decorating Supplies

AkzoNobel's Dulux Decorating Centre business has strengthened its position with the purchase of Surrey-based business Doves Decorating Supplies. 
3 September 2018

Homebase creditors approve Company Voluntary Arrangement proposal

Homebase has announced that the Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) proposal launched on 14 August 2018 has been approved with 95.92% of the company’s creditors voting in favour of the arrangement.CEO of Homebase, Damian McGloughlin said: “We are ... 
31 August 2018

Robert Dyas to stop selling drain cleaner used in acid attacks

It has been reported by The Daily Mirror that homeware giant, Robert Dyas, is set to remove a drain cleaner product from its store, following a number of acid attacks using the item.The Daily Mirror, said: "The removal of Homecare Essentials Caustic ... 
31 August 2018

Homebase future hangs in the balance as votes cast on CVA

Creditors are meeting today to cast a 'make it or break it' vote on the future of Homebase. The beleaguered DIY chain, which recently revealed that 70% of its outlets are losing money, has proposed the closure of 42 stores. As part of its Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) it has also proposed cutting rents by up to 90% on some of its remaining stores. 
31 August 2018

Cardiff garden centre goes up in flames again

Blue Diamond Garden Centre in Cardiff suffered a blow this week after a fire destroyed large amounts of stock – less than five years after the centre was completely destroyed by a blaze back in November 2013. 
31 August 2018

Wyevale agrees sale of five garden centres

Wyevale Garden Centres, Britain's biggest garden centre operator, has announced the sale of five garden centres to individual buyers. The centres are Brooks, Nailsworth, Aldridge, Keynsham and Shirley. 
30 August 2018

Glee announces new Tuesday – Thursday format for 2019

Organisers behind the Glee exhibition have announced that the show will be moving one day later in the week next year. 
30 August 2018

New BHETA stats show an upturn in garden, DIY and housewares

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has launched a new retail data service featuring key EPOS statistics for Q2 2018, showing value growth in DIY, housewares, small electricals and garden. 
30 August 2018

Somerset independent tool shop to close

The owners of IM Tools in Burnham-on-Sea have made the decision to shut up shop for good this September after five years of trading 
29 August 2018

ERA enters into electrical wholesaling market

ERA, home security specialist, is breaking into the electrical wholesale market following a new business win supplying smartware security products to electrical wholesaler, Electricbase. Electricbase branches are incorporated alongside Buildbase and ... 
29 August 2018

Amazon named as UK's most reputable retailer in new study

Amazon was followed by Boots and John Lewis who came a respective second and third in the Reputation Institute’s 2018 UK Retail RepTrak research based on 5,175 individual ratings from the general public.The study found that Amazon’s reputation has ... 
28 August 2018

Toolstation opens its new distribution centre in Middleton

Toolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers to the trade, has opened its fourth distribution centre, in Middleton, Greater Manchester.The Middleton distribution centre will create over 150 new jobs in the area in the next year; comprising ... 
28 August 2018

Best Small Shops competition returns for 2018

Returning for 2018, the Best Small Shops competition says it invites UK retailers to share what makes them unique, with the chance to attend the competition reception in Westminster later this year.The Best Small Shops competition, managed by the ... 
24 August 2018

Rochdale Bunnings store to reopen as Homebase

Rochdale News has reported that the Bunnings store at Sandbrook Park will reopen as Homebase today.The publication said following a management buy-out earlier this year, all 24 Bunnings pilot stores will convert to the Homebase brand following ... 
24 August 2018

Only 41% feel positive doing DIY says Local Heroes survey

A survey recently commissioned by Local Heroes has revealed that fewer than half of the nation feel confident enough to undertake DIY projects around the home. The new study, which explored the opinions of 2,000 UK adults, uncovered that only 41% ... 
23 August 2018

Ornamental fish theft on the rise

With reports of theft of high-value fish, such as koi carp and ghost carp, on the rise from ponds across the UK, garden centres and homeowners are being advised to be vigilant and even consider microchipping the animals.According to the Metropolitan ... 
23 August 2018

Woodie's parent company reports 9% increase in revenue

Grafton Group plc, parent company to DIY chain Woodies, has released its half year report for the six months ended 30 June 2018, reporting an "excellent performance by Woodie's retailing".Revenue was reported with an increase of 9% to £1.45 billion, ... 
22 August 2018

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