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Brits turning to DIY in lockdown

Mowing the lawn, jet-washing the patio and polishing surfaces until they shine are among the most satisfying DIY jobs, according to a survey by Draper Tools 
6 April 2020

BHETA launches credit forum for DIY Suppliers

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is launching a new series of credit crisis forums tailored specifically to the needs of its DIY supplier members. 
3 April 2020

Kingfisher provides £1 million worth of PPE equipment and funding for health services across Europe

Kingfisher is committed to supporting our communities and governments to manage the Covid-19 pandemic. 
2 April 2020

Interest in decking surges during lockdown

Google searches for decking in the UK doubled in the week the nation was put on lockdown, according to new research from Composite Prime. 
1 April 2020

New online tool for plants

With the EU plant passport directive which has been in place since 14 December 2019, the regulations on the labelling of plants intended for planting have been tightened. 
1 April 2020

Concerns over horticultural industry during pandemic

A major part of the UK’s gardening industry worth £1.4 billion, which includes hundreds of family businesses up and down the country, could be destroyed following the UK coronavirus shutdown, claims the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA). 
31 March 2020

Positive registration figures for Christmasworld 2021

Despite coronavirus and the emergency situation worldwide, by now more than 670 exhibitors have decided to attend Christmasworld in Frankfurt am Main from 29 January to 2 February 2021. 
31 March 2020

Millennials struggling with DIY in lockdown

MyJobQuote looked at Google Trends over the last seven days to find out which search terms have increased the most. 
31 March 2020

HTA announces payment holiday

Recognising the difficult period for garden industry businesses through this unprecedented time the HTA has announced a three-month subscription payment holiday for all members. 
30 March 2020

LifestyleGarden supports retailers during lockdown

LifestyleGarden has taken steps to ensure that extensive stock of its product portfolio is readily available to its customers including those set-up with transactional webstores,in a bid to meet consumer demand during the nationwide lockdown. 
30 March 2020

Gima awards cancelled

The 40th Annual GIMA Awards have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis. 
30 March 2020

Burg-Wächter offers community support during Covid-19 crisis

Burg-Wächter has today announced it is amending its unique outreach scheme that offers support to community causes. 
27 March 2020

Evergreen Garden Care launches Coronavirus statement

Evergreen Garden Care, the leading garden care company outside North America, has released a company statement regarding the current Covid-19 crisis. 
27 March 2020

Concern over government rescue package for self-employed workers

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has welcomed tonight's rescue plan for the self-employed. but has raised concerns that many of its members still won't benefit. 
27 March 2020

Flymo inspires children to get gardening

Over 180,000 families have tuned in this week to Flymo’s daily Facebook Live videos with gardening TV presenter and podcaster Lee Connelly, aka Skinny Jean Gardener. 
27 March 2020

Supporting the Rainy Day Trust during the Covid-19 crisis

Bryan Clover, Rainy Day Trust chief executive officer, has issued a plea to industry members to help support the charitable organisation. 
26 March 2020

National Home Improvement month postponed

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has postponed its annual DIY and garden industry consumer promotion, National Home Improvement Month, until later in the year in the light of the Covid-19 crisis. 
26 March 2020

HTA Plant Show cancelled

The HTA National Plant Show has been cancelled. 
26 March 2020

Tramontina wins best display stand at Spring Trade Show

At Home Hardware’s Spring Trade Show on Tuesday 10 at Westpoint Arena, Exeter, Tramontina won Best Display Stand. 
25 March 2020

AkzoNobel launches ultimate rust-busting metal paint

A new wave of water-based paint is being launched by AkzoNobel for the metal protection market. 
25 March 2020

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