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HTA and APL members scoop awards at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

HTA and APL members are showcasing garden and plant displays at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, taking place this week (3-8 July 2018), with many winning top awards at the show.The awards are as follows: SHOW GARDENSGOLD - The Landform Garden ... 
3 July 2018

Tesco plans alliance with French giant Carrefour

Tesco and Carrefour has announced its intention to enter into a long-term, strategic alliance. The Alliance will cover the strategic relationship with global suppliers, the joint purchasing of own brand products and goods not for resale. It will be ... 
2 July 2018

Over 300 jobs axed at Homebase after Bunnings departure

Homebase has announced it is cutting 303 jobs at its Milton Keynes head office after Bunnings parent Wesfarmers agreed to divest the Homebase business to Hilco Capital for just £1 in May, as it said the “risks associated with a turnaround don’t ... 
29 June 2018

B&Q responds to Wickes' recruitment drive

DIY giant B&Q has responded to Wickes' announcement that it is "targeting 900 B&Q colleagues" in a bid to bolster its expanding kitchen and bathroom team. Despite Wickes settings its sights on "acquiring design consultants and installers" ... 
29 June 2018

Wickes targets 900 B&Q colleagues, as it ramps up kitchen and bathroom offer

Wickes is investing significantly in its professional kitchen and bathroom offer by acquiring design consultants and installers from B&Q, as its rival pulls plug on installation services in the category.Wickes says it is bucking the ... 
27 June 2018

Carpetright reports losses and stock shortages, as restructure continues

The struggling flooring retailer posted pre-tax losses of £70.5million for the year ended April 28 and says trading at the start of the new financial year was impacted the ongoing CVA and withdrawal of some suppliers, leading to stock shortages.... 
26 June 2018

Tile Mountain opens new showroom in Greater Manchester

Online tile retailer, Tile Mountain opened its second showroom at the weekend – a 10,000sq ft unit in Stockport – with more such outlets in the pipeline following the success of its first-ever bricks-and-mortar location in Tunstall ... 
25 June 2018

Garden retailers see uplift in May

Garden centres across the country reported a boost to trading last month and record results, thanks to the good weather and two Bank Holidays, with core gardening categories seeing double-digit growth ... 
22 June 2018

House of Fraser to close 31 stores

House of Fraser has announced today that the Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) proposals launched on 6 June 2018 have been approved by the companies’ creditors.The creditors’ meetings for House of Fraser (Stores) Limited and House of Fraser ... 
22 June 2018

Wyevale Nurseries reports “best May sales ever”

The Hereford-based nursery said it had the best May ever in its recorded trading history, with sales up by 14% for the month. Wyevale, which supplies into garden centres accross the UK, also reported year-on-year (2017-18) growth of 17% in shrub sales and ... 
22 June 2018

UK and EU Paint coatings industry show united front ahead of Brexit talks

Concerned about possible barriers to trade, the British Coatings Federation (BCF) and CEPE, the European association representing paints and inks, have pledged to continue their close working relationship beyond Brexit and have set out the terms ... 
22 June 2018

Colour confidence powers downloads of Akzo Nobel's Visualizer app past 20 million

Akzo Nobel has announced that downloads of its Visualizer decorating app has surpassed the 20 million mark, attributing its success to "giving people the simple pleasure of making confident colour choice". The award-winning digital colour tool was ... 
22 June 2018

Delegates delighted with 6th Global DIY Summit 2018

Feedback from the annual international event was overwhelmingly positive, say organisers, as the sixth Global DIY Summit came to a close in Barcelona last week. A record of 1,100 delegates from 55 countries attended this year’s congress, including ... 
21 June 2018

Rose ‘Timeless Purple’ wins Visitor Vote Award

Visitors to the HTA National Plant Show has voted Rose ‘Timeless Purple’ from Whartons Roses as Best in Show at the New Plant Awards. The Visitor Vote Award proved extremely popular and with over 100 entries for visitors to choose from.The rose is ... 
21 June 2018

Barclaycard partners with Travis Perkins and Toolstation on co-branded business credit cards

The financial services provider is partnering with selected companies within the Travis Perkins Group to launch a new range of co-branded business credit cards that offer customers extended interest-free periods on payments. The rollout of the new ... 
21 June 2018

Habitat to open two new stores

Habitat will open two new stand-alone stores this autumn – one in Westfield London this September, followed by another in Brighton’s busy town centre in October.Sainsbury’s, which acquired Habitat in September 2016, is investing £1.5 million in the ... 
20 June 2018

May sees strongest growth in online retail since 2010

Retailers reported a year-on-year (YOY) increase of 19.4% in online sales, continuing a stellar year for the retail channel, with garden amongst the strongest-performing sectors. While the sun was shining on the high street last month, internet ... 
19 June 2018

Fire at Farnborough Hardware

Firefighters tackled a blaze at an independent hardware store in the centre of Farnborough yesterday, where a woman was treated for smoke inhalation.Firefighters from Rushmoor, Basingstoke and Surrey tackled a fire on the ground floor of Farnborough ... 
18 June 2018

Amazon launches Home Services in the UK

Amazon has announced the launch of Home Services in the UK. Customers buying more than 4 million products on Amazon.co.uk, ranging from TVs and household appliances to garden furniture and exercise equipment, can now schedule installation or ... 
18 June 2018

BHETA shortlisted for award

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is a finalist in the Trade Association Forum (TAF) 2018 Awards.  The association has been shortlisted in the Marketing Campaign of the Year category for its inaugural National Home Improvement ... 
18 June 2018
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re: B&Q sales dip 2.5%, as showroom sales decline

B&Q bob
Screwfix sales are up because they position new stores close to B&Q stores but then price like for like products cheaper than within BQ ...

re: B&Q kicks off kitchen & bathroom recruitment drive

B&Q bob
Wickes are not alone, Wrens kitchens has seen large numbers of unappreciated BQ kitchen sales staff join them because of BQs attitude ...

re: Toolstation.com excels in Which? website survey

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This was my first visit to toolstation in farnham but it will definatly not be my last the service was exceptional staff were welcoming i ...

re: Graham Bell to head up B&Q as part of Kingfisher reshuffle

B&Q bob
Ms Laury has overseen perhaps the worst period of BQ history under her leadership, staff have had their wages cut while witnessing their ...

re: Screwfix opens 600th store as business continues to build

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Why is kingfisher giving screwfix lower prices to sell at than their BQ stores? Staff in B&Q suffer constant abuse from trade customers ...

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