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Timber Focus partners with Homebase

Timber cladding provider, Timber Focus, has partnered with Homebase to bring its range of products to the UK DIY Home Improvement sector. 
19 November 2019

B&Q launches Christmas tree sales

As the sun rises on the start of the Christmas tree harvest in Aberdeenshire, UK, a specialist team of growers have begun the task of preparing Christmas trees for sale in B&Q stores across the country. 
19 November 2019

HTA pledge new sustainability roadmap

At the Cultivating Retail conference taking place on 19 November in Nottingham, HTA chairman James Barnes will announce a commitment to develop an industry-wide environmental sustainability roadmap. 
19 November 2019

BMI helps Children in Need keep young people safe

When homeless and vulnerable young people in Blackburn need help, they turn to Nightsafe, a local charity which offers them a caring and supportive environment to keep them safe from harm at critical times in their lives. 
18 November 2019

Revealed: The towns and cities taking the biggest gas safety risks

Experts are warning homeowners and landlords across the UK to check their gas appliances in the run up to Christmas with carbon monoxide poisoning, gas fires and even explosions due to faults in their heating systems potential risks that have ... 
18 November 2019

HTA request a pragmatic approach from Defra on plant passporting implementation

With the new plant passporting regulations coming into force in less than a month, the HTA has requested that Defra operate a common-sense approach to implementation. The suggestion is that a 12 month grace period is introduced where no penalties ... 
14 November 2019

Charity Concert at Squire’s in Washington

Squire’s Garden Centre in Washington is holding a charity concert featuring “Bang Tidy” on Tuesday 10th December from 8-9pm.Squire’s very own centre manager Chris Dartnell will be on drums, and the band will be playing party music including Queen, ... 
14 November 2019

'Midnight Blooms' wallpaper collection captures the moody floral trend

The set of new murals that put a twist on floral design are home decor's answer to the dramatic trend that's currently captivating the fashion world.The Midnight Blooms collection by MuralsWallpaper features moody floral motifs in romantic jewel ... 
13 November 2019

The rise of the DIY do-nots

DIY skills in danger of dying out as only a third of the UK feel confident at DIY in their homes.From painting and flooring to changing fuses and lightbulbs, it seems the rise in home inspiration and decorating hasn’t done much for our DIY skills – ... 
12 November 2019

What More UK Urge Manufacturers to Export their British Brand

Buying British has benefits for people and organisations all over the world, and the Made in Britain logo gives buyers the reassurance they need. Tony Grimshaw OBE and Director at What More UK Ltd is a man who knows more than most about the export ... 
11 November 2019

Christmas Tree Wonderland to dazzle Bournemouth once again in 2019

Following the extraordinary success of the inaugural Christmas Tree Wonderland Festival in 2018, Bournemouth is again getting ready to stage a magical, mystical and memorable event from November 15th 2019 – January 2nd 2020.There is just a week to ... 
8 November 2019

Your chance to meet wholesalers and distributors from Sweden, Switzerland and Iceland

Gardenex and PetQuip are holding the latest in their successful ‘Meet the Buyers’ events at their offices in Brasted, Kent, at the end of this month.British suppliers can apply to have one-to-one appointments with the buyers, each 25 minutes long, ... 
8 November 2019

Worcester Bosch pledges support to ‘Time to Change’ movement

Worcester Bosch has announced its support to the Time to Change Employer Pledge, which aims to change the way people think and act about mental health in the workplace.With one in four British workers affected by conditions like anxiety, depression ... 
7 November 2019

Go far with a tree production travel scholarship

A chance of a lifetime for a travel scholarship awaits a student who is passionate about tree production, as part of the David Colegrave Foundation Scholarship Season.Majestic Trees, a leading tree nursery specialising in the production of mature ... 
7 November 2019

Homebase partners with Neptune to support its focus on providing the best customer service 

Homebase, one of the UK's largest home improvement and garden retailers, has partnered with Neptune Software a leading provider of ‘low-code’, rapid application development software.Homebase has chosen Neptune’s DX Platform to support the ... 
6 November 2019

Renovating can cost UK homeowners £68k less than upsizing to a bigger home

Research by tradesperson comparison site,, has looked at where across the nation homeowners are better of buying in order to upsize and where it’s more cost-effective to fork out for a DIY upsize extension. looked at the price ... 
5 November 2019

Home Design Predictions for 2020 from Houzz

With 2020 on the horizon, leading platform for home renovation and design, Houzz, has shared its top home design trend predictions. With a community of millions of homeowners and home renovation and design professionals around the world, Houzz has ... 
4 November 2019

A guide to construction safety for home builders

By Chris Pendrey, SHEQ Manager at Actavo Direct 
1 November 2019

Improved retail focus with Laylocks expansion

Work has commenced at Laylocks Garden Centre near Worcester, where a 470m² extension is under construction. 
31 October 2019

HTA comments on General Election

With the news that there will be a December General Election, to be held on Thursday 12 December, James Clark, director of policy and communications at the Horticultural Trades Association, said: “Having a strong and vibrant British horticultural sector is vital for sustainable economic growth and environmental development." 
31 October 2019

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