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Wilko to open new store in Acton

Britain's value home and garden retailer, wilko, will open the doors to its new store at The Oaks Shopping Centre, Acton on Wednesday 7 August at 9am. To mark the special occasion, Joe Swan a representative from the Alzheimer’s Society will lead a ... 
26 July 2019

Rainy Day Trust reports busiest month ever

As Brexit uncertainty continues to bite and retailers cut costs, industry charity the Rainy Day Trust (RDT) says it has seen a huge uptake in enquiries from people seeking support this month, with more applications from the DIY sector than ever ... 
26 July 2019

Westland picks its 2019 Rising Stars

Each year Westland and the Garden Centre Association (GCA) search for the most up-and-coming employees at garden centres who show great potential and would benefit from the opportunity to further their skills and experiences as part of the Rising ... 
26 July 2019

Homebase tops best single day of trading, as UK heatwave peaks

As Britain continues to sizzle in soaring temperatures, major retailers report a surge in sales of cooling products and outdoor lines, with Homebase raking in £690,000 yesterday alone.The impressive figure, beat Homebase’s best single day last year, ... 
25 July 2019

Mid-Sussex Timber celebrates 90th year in business

Mid-Sussex Timber (MST) saw in a milestone this year, as it proudly celebrated its 90th year in business. Since 1929, MST has been supplying directly imported Timber to the Building Trade & Retail markets and is now has said it is one of the ... 
25 July 2019

Disappointing quarter for independent retailers

The latest sales figures reported by members of the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) show an average fall in sales of -2.94% compared to the same three months in 2018.Scotland saw the sharpest fall in the UK during April to June ... 
24 July 2019

GJ's holds successful Trade Day

After becoming a DIY Week Finalist this Spring, GJ’s, the Derbyshire-based DIY retailer, decided to host a follow-up Trade Day at its Alfreton store on Friday 12 July. GJ’s said it contacted all the companies who supported the recent store expansion ... 
24 July 2019

Wyevale sells six more centres to Blue Diamond

Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) announce the sale of six centres to Blue Diamond. This follows the sale of eight centres to the garden centre operator in July 2018 and one in August 2018. The acquisition of this portfolio increases the presence of the ... 
23 July 2019

GCA’s South Thames area award winners revealed

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) in the South Thames region are celebrating after picking up awards during a presentation evening last week (Wednesday, July 17, 2019) at Haskins Garden Centre – Snowhill.The title of Garden Centre of ... 
22 July 2019

Homebase snaps up Bathstore

With the rumour mill in overdrive since Friday, Homebase has today confirmed its acquisition of Bathstore, saving the bathroom specialist from administration and considerably strengthening its own bathroom proposition.The move will bolster Homebase’... 
22 July 2019

Cambridgeshire Bathrooms to open showroom in St Ives

Cambridgeshire Bathrooms has opened a second location in St Ives after securing a funding package from Natwest to revamp a unit at The Lakes Business Park in Fenstanton.The move gives the bathroom design and supply service a second showroom premises ... 
22 July 2019

BIRA joins Down Your High Street for workshop event

Independent retailers came together at the OXO Tower in London to celebrate the ongoing success of the national online selling platform – Down Your High Street, alongside event organisers Network & Chill and partners The British Independent ... 
22 July 2019

Thompson & Parkes to open DIY retail outlet in Stourport

The established local builders merchant has announced that it will be opening a new retail shop serving the DIY market in Stourport later this year, supporting its two merchant branches.Trading locally within Worcestershire and Shropshire since 1937,... 
19 July 2019

BHETA to announce ‘Challenge 25’ equivalent for knife sector

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has met with the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group (RASG) with a view to securing approval to adopt its Challenge 25 retailing strategy for use in the responsible retailing of knives, and ... 
19 July 2019

GIMA's Innovators' Seed Corn Fund open for entries

As activity ramps up for Glee 2019, GIMA is encouraging new businesses and innovators to enter this year’s annual GIMA Innovators’ Seed Corn Fund (GISCF); a fund set up to encourage grass root business and product development.Judged by a panel of ... 
19 July 2019

Wyevale nurseries announces partnership with Joy of Plants

Wyevale nurseries has announced it has linked with a plant information company to offer its customers a more environmentally-friendly point of sale option.Wyevale Nurseries has recently been looking at ways to help reduce the amount of single use ... 
19 July 2019

Online retail sales record strongest growth this year in June

After a disappointing May, the latest IMRG Capgemini eRetail Sales Index revealed an 8.5% year-on-year (YOY) jump in online retail sales last month, thanks to great weather kick-starting summer spending.Sales were up 5.1% on May; above the five-year ... 
18 July 2019

DIY Rainbows introduced as new stockist for Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore has announced the appointment of DIY Rainbows in Marlborough, Wiltshire as the newest Authorised Stockist of its paint range.Owned by Jignesh Patel, DIY Rainbows is a family-run independent paint retailer with a glowing reputation in ... 
17 July 2019

GCA announces North Thames award winners

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) unveiled on July 15 its winners for the North Thames region during a presentation at Poplars Garden Centre.Perrywood Garden Centre – Tiptree won Garden Centre of the Year in the Destination Garden Centre (DGC) ... 
17 July 2019

Mica introduces eco advertising campaign

The Mica co-operative of independent retailers (Mica) has unveiled plans several months in the making for its first ever eco advertising campaign, which will run during August and September this year.Independent retailers are excellent champions for ... 
17 July 2019
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