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Measure to protect customers from John Lewis

Waitrose has today backed the Government’s plea for social distancing by announcing a set of strong, new measures to help its customers shop safely and to protect its Partners 
25 March 2020

Latest Christmas decoration trends revealed by Premier Decorations

Rose gold and pink have seen the biggest rise in sales of Christmas trend colours over the past few seasons, and there seems to be no sign of it stopping – they are selling well again this year, and it certainly seems that once again that we have ... 
25 March 2020

Lockdown closes builder's merchants

A number of builder's merchants have closed their doors, following the Prime Minister's lockdown due to the Covid-19 virus. 
24 March 2020

Travis Perkins close stores in response to Covid-19

Nick Roberts, CEO Travis Perkins, has issues a statement regarding the Covid-19 crisis. 
24 March 2020

Support needed for independents says Bira

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is calling for immediate access to financial support for the small business owners effected by the Government-imposed lockdown of the country. 
24 March 2020

John Lewis shops to close temporarily

The John Lewis Partnership has taken the decision to temporarily close all of its 50 John Lewis shops at close of business on Monday 23 March as a result of the impact of coronavirus. 
23 March 2020

Garden centres see spike in online sales due to Covid-19

Garden centres are using upgraded website software that recommends not only plants to gardeners but also care products as sales of gardening goods soar in the wake of Covid-19. 
23 March 2020

John Lewis announces measures to support customers and the vulnerable

The John Lewis Partnership, which includes Waitrose, has today announced new measures to help its shops meet the needs of customers with a particular focus on the elderly and the vulnerable. 
20 March 2020

Homebase launches major new campaign starring Gary the tortoise

Home and garden projects retailer Homebase has unveiled its new Easter campaign 
20 March 2020

Travis Perkins provides Covid-19 update

The Group's trading performance in 2020 has been in line with expectations, with solid trading in the Merchanting businesses and a strong start in Toolstation and Wickes. 
20 March 2020

Grand Designs Live rescheduled

In light of expected new guidelines surrounding COVID 19, Grand Design Live, which was due to take place from 2- 10 May 2020 in London, has now been rescheduled to take place from 22-31 August 2020 at London’s ExCeL. 
19 March 2020

Bira welcomes abolition of business rates in Scotland

The Scottish Government's move to temporarily abolish business rates in a bid to minimise the impact of coronavirus has been welcomed by the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira). 
19 March 2020

Next announces results for year ending January 2020

Next Plc has announced its results for its year ending January 2020. Next brand full price sales were up 4.0% and brand total sales (including markdown sales) were up 3.5% on last year. 
19 March 2020

Bira moves to support small businesses in Wales

The Welsh Government's plan to temporarily reduce - or abolish - rates for some small businesses has been welcomed by The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira). 
18 March 2020

Homelux joins the campaign for National Home Improvement

Homelux is supporting National Home Improvement Month 2020, encouraging UK homeowners to think about how they can make one change as part of their DIY plans this April. The campaign also aims to give retailers and manufacturers the chance to ... 
18 March 2020

Rainy Day Trust update on Covid-19

The Rainy Day Trust has released a statement on the recent flooding and Covid-19 pandemic. 
18 March 2020

Dulux Decorators Centre wins gold accreditation

One of the UK’s leading paint retailers has retained a prestigious 'We invest in people' Gold accreditation from Investors in People. 
18 March 2020

BHETA meets the Met

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) responsible knife retailing steering group has met with the Metropolitan Police Business Care Hub. 
17 March 2020

Bira in favour measures to limit impact of coronavirus on Scottish businesses

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is backing new measures by the Scottish government to help limit the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses. 
17 March 2020

DIY SOS BBC Children in Need special comes to Nottingham

DIY SOS, BBC One’s popular property renovation show, will head to Nottingham later this year to take on a one of a kind build that will benefit a local charity, Community Recording Studio (CRS). 
17 March 2020

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re: A guide to construction safety for home builders

Daniel Wood
Safety should always be the first priority. If followed properly, these precautions are all we need to tackle all unwanted accidents. I ...

re: Further Homebase closures ahead

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Cheltenham homebase has closing down signs outside, but not Gloucester homebase.... Yet!...

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