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Squire’s names Long Ditton site its Garden Centre of the Year

Squire’s Garden Centres has announced the winners of its annual garden centre awards, with its branch in Long Ditton coming out top and winning the double – best Garden Centre and best Café Bar of the year.Despite tough competition amongst the ... 
9 January 2018

UPDATE: Manufacturing facilities survive Rustins blaze

Following news of a huge fire at the Rustins paint factory on Waterloo Road, Staples Corner, the company has confirmed that its warehouse suffered the worst of the damage, with all stock lost but added that its manufacturing facilities survived the ... 
9 January 2018

Major blaze at Rustins paint factory

Firefighters tackled a major fire at the site of North London paint firm Rustins last night. A total of 15 fire engines and nearly 100 firefighters and officers from Hendon and surrounding fire stations attended the blaze at the large paint factory ... 
9 January 2018

Tildenet grows with another acquisition

Tildenet has acquired specialist textiles and netting supplier, Fleximas, which joins other brands that are part of the group.Announcing the takeover today, Tildenet said this latest acquisition signals that 2018 will be “another year of significant ... 
8 January 2018

IAMS to return as sponsor of Crufts

Celebrating its 2nd consecutive year as a sponsor of Crufts, the pet food brand IAMS will this year return to the world’s biggest and most popular dog show as the official sponsor of Flyball. Since making its Crufts debut in 1990, the Flyball ... 
8 January 2018

Wickes to open store in Wisbech

Years after Wickes first considered moving to Wisbech, their new store is set to open on 7th Feb 2018.The store is 20,000 sq ft sales area with 5,000 sq.ft mezzanine and 5,000 sq.ft outdoor project centre, creating 30 jobs.Wickes first proposed ... 
5 January 2018

Pre-Christmas discounts spur shop price slide

Pre-Christmas discounts spur shop price slide Non-food prices fell at their fastest rate since January 2017, declining 2.1% year on year, compared to 1.1% in November, as retailers stepped up promotional activity to ‘stimulate spending’. Shop prices ... 
5 January 2018

Garden centres can keep momentum of houseplants going in January

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is encouraging garden retail businesses to keep the gardening season going in winter by showcasing colourful winter-flowering houseplants to entice customers to brighten up their indoor space and increase ... 
5 January 2018

Bunnings opens new store in Chichester

Home improvement and garden retailer Bunnings Warehouse officially opened its doors in Chichester today (4 January 2018), creating over 20 full and part time jobs.The new store, which is on the site of the former Homebase in Discovery Park, is over ... 
4 January 2018

Entrepreneur and sewing bee judge backs creativity at GCA conference

The entrepreneur made famous for his role as a judge on BBC’s ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ is speaking at the Garden Centre Association’s 2018 conference.As well as appearing on TV, and despite having no fashion experience and being an engineer by ... 
15 December 2017

UPDATE: Bunnings' conversions for 2018

Home improvement and garden retailer Bunnings, opened its 10th UK Warehouse store, taking over the former Homebase outlet on Edinburgh Way in Harlow in November, and now news has come to light revealing the locations for new stores that will open ... 
7 December 2017

Box of Allsorts wins home hardware's christmas window dressing competition

We are delighted to announce that Box of Allsorts (Shaftsbury) has won this year’s Christmas Window Dressing Competition. Danum Home Hardware (Doncaster) received the runner’s up prize.All Home Hardware retailers were invited to participate in the ... 
7 December 2017

Award-winning plant care app smashes crowdfunding target

Smart Plant, the digital app that lets gardeners upload their plant collection and advice on how to care for them, has exceeded its crowdfunding target by 137%. Supported by Tribe First - the first dedicated crowdfunding support agency for start-up ... 
6 December 2017

Norwegian brand moves into UK heating market

Following rapid growth in its international business, heating brand, Mill has launched in the UK.Liverpool-based Benross Marketing, a homewares and electrical appliances distributor, has obtained the exclusive UK distribution license for the UK and ... 
6 December 2017

Online steals the black friday show says BRC

In November, UK retail sales increased by 0.6% on a like-for-like basis from November 2016, when they had increased 0.6% from the preceding year.On a total basis, sales rose 1.5% in November, against a growth of 1.3% in November 2016. This is in ... 
5 December 2017

Research shows in-store crowds are biggest stress factor for christmas shoppers

With Christmas just around the corner, new research has revealed that there are simple ways that merchants can win over shoppers who are struggling with stress during the busy festive season. The new research by Swedish payments provider Klarna ... 
5 December 2017

Envirobuild aims to protect over 40K acres of rainforest through rainforest trust donations

EnviroBuild, a sustainable construction company, aims to protect over 40k acres of rainforest this year through donating 10% of their profits to the Rainforest Trust and Ocean Cleanup. Ocean Cleanup is an organisation that collects plastic in the ... 
5 December 2017

Tool Shop Group expands with Camden opening

London independent chain Tool Shop Group continues to grow its estate, officially opening its 11th store on the bustling Camden High Street.The new opening closely follows that of another new outlet in Highbury, which started trading in September ... 
4 December 2017

Kingfisher acquires Praktiker Romania

Kingfisher plc has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Praktiker Romania S.A. following receipt of competition approval. Kingfisher entered into a binding acquisition agreement in August 2017 to strengthen our position in the country. ... 
4 December 2017

Torwood Garden Centre win multiple awards at falkirk herald business awards

Last week, Torwood Garden Centre had a trio of successes, winning three awards at the Falkirk Herald business awards dinner.Having never entered the Falkirk Herald Business Awards before the garden centre decided to apply for the awards after a year ... 
4 December 2017
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