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Wilko to open new store in Meadowhall Centre

One of Britain’s best loved value home and garden retailers, Wilko, will open the doors to its new store at Meadowhall Centre, on Wednesday March 21 at 10am.To mark the special occasion, Dancing on Ice star Jake Quickenden will be in attendance as ... 
13 March 2018

Global DIY Summit: Last chance for Early Bird Offer

You only have until Thursday, March 15 to take advantage of the discounted rate to attend the sixth Global DIY Summit this June, which is themed ‘DIY Next – Reinventing Our Industry’. Book now to save up to 300 Euros.The international industry event ... 
12 March 2018

DIY Week Awards product finalists revealed

Judges convened last month at the Dulux Academy at Akzo Nobel’s UK head office in Slough to discuss the entries and test out products, resulting in 27 products being shortlisted across nine categories.There were some tough decisions to be made ... 
9 March 2018

Home Hardware trade show raises £400 for charities

A very successful draw held at Home Hardware Southwest’s Spring Trade Show raised £400 to be split equally between Cancer Research and The Rainy Day Trust.Home Hardware Southwest extended its thanks to all members, suppliers and staff who generously ... 
9 March 2018

Ocado forum explores new opportunities for BHETA members

BHETA’s February 21 networking forum featured Ocado’s senior buying manager, Martin de la Fuente, Richard Butler from the CBI, Glynn Jones from the Bank of England, and Rob Ingram from Root 7. In a positive and entertaining session, each of the ... 
9 March 2018

QVC certified as top employer

Home shopping channel QVC UK is one of only 85 companies to be certified as a Top Employer UK by the Top Employers Institute, the global certifier of excellence in employee conditions.The certification shows that QVC “provides exceptional employee ... 
9 March 2018

Bunnings Warehouse opens in Penge

Home improvement and garden retailer Bunnings Warehouse officially opened its doors in Penge today (8 March 2018).The new store is over 40,000 square feet and offers customers leading home improvement and garden products from a wide range of global ... 
8 March 2018

John Lewis expect trading to be "volatile" in 2018/19

John Lewis Partnership Plc has released its full year results for the 52 weeks ended January 27, 2018.For the first five weeks of the year, Partnership gross sales were up 0.6% on last year. Waitrose gross sales were up 2.7% (up 2.4% like-for-like, ... 
8 March 2018

Bathroom Takeaway awarded quadruple Feefo gold trusted service awards

Bathroom Takeaway has been awarded four prestigious Feefo Gold Service awards across its European operations, recognising its exceptional multi-lingual customer service team.Feefo Gold Trusted Service is an independent seal of excellence that ... 
7 March 2018

New Screwfix store to arrive in Malton

Trade retailer, Screwfix is set to officially open its first store in Malton on 8 March 2018 at Malton Enterprise Park. The new branch will create 12 new jobs in the area and will help local tradespeople get what they need as quickly as possible to ... 
7 March 2018

Carpetright issues second profit warning of the year

British floor coverings retailer, Carpetright issued its second profit warning of the year, and warned investors on March 1 that trading conditions had remained difficult since its last update on 19 January, where it reported revised full year ... 
6 March 2018

Successful Garden Press Event despite snow

The snowy weather in London didn’t dampen spirits at the Garden Press Event which took place on 28 February 2018. The 13th year of the event, which is dedicated to showcasing the garden industry to the media, saw the event move to a new venue – the ... 
5 March 2018

Wyevale Nurseries unveil three new plants

One of the UK’s leading nurseries officially unveiled three new plants to consumers at the Garden Press Event in London on February 28 2018.Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford launched Daphne odora x bholua ‘Perfume Princess’, Dianella tasmanica Wyeena ... 
5 March 2018

New look website and resources for National Children's Gardening Week 2018

To celebrate the fourth year of National Children’s Gardening week and it’s ‘adoption’ by the HTA, a new look website for National Children’s Gardening Week has been unveiled, along with a suite of free resources for the garden industry to get ... 
5 March 2018

Consumer spending continues its downward spiral

February Shop price deflation deepened to 0.8% in February from 0.5% in January. Shop Prices have been reported to be deflationary for 58 months now. Deflation in Non-Food prices deepened in February, with prices decreasing at a rate of 2.2% ... 
28 February 2018

"Declining consumer confidence" hits Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins plc, parent company of Wickes, Toolstation and Tile Giant has released its full year results for 2017, ending December 31. Revenue growth of 3.5% was reported in 2017, with like-for-like growth of 3.3%.Adjusted operating profit of £... 
28 February 2018

CBI survey shows growth in hardware and DIY sector

Retail sales growth slowed for the third month in a row in the year to February, according to the latest CBI Quarterly Distributive Trades Survey.Orders placed on suppliers were broadly flat over the year, but are expected to pick up slightly next ... 
26 February 2018

Screwfix celebrates successful store opening in Pontypool

Screwfix has had a successful launch of its most recent store opening at Pontnewynydd Industrial Estate. The store officially opened its doors on Thursday 15th February with hundreds of eager customers ready to stock-up on the latest tools and trade ... 
26 February 2018

Squire’s opens new-look garden centre in Woking

Squire’s Garden Centres has re-opened its Woking centre following a “significant extension”, which has seen the shop expanded and the catering offer completely revamped.The centre on Littlewick Road in Woking, has benefitted from a complete ... 
23 February 2018

Wesfarmers report huge loss in profits as Homebase failures come to light

Wesfarmers Limited has reported a net profit after tax (NPAT) of $212 million for the half-year ended December 31, 2017. The reported profit includes post-tax significant items of $1,323 million relating to Bunnings United Kingdom and Ireland (BUKI) ... 
21 February 2018
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No BQ employees affected - how come???when they're unemployed and losing a wage.....derrrrr...

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