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Worcester Bosch's comment on the Budget

Boiler manufacturer Worcester Bosch has responded to last week's Budget. 
16 March 2020

Kingfisher provides an update on COVID-19 pandemic

Kingfisher has provided an update on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its business, along with the measures it is taking to actively manage the risks to its customers, colleagues and operations. 
16 March 2020

Survey suggests DIYers prefer going it alone

An independent survey carried out by online furniture retailer Furniture Choice has revealed the real preferences of the UK when it comes to carrying out DIY in the home, and it seems the secret to success is to leave your partner out of it. 
16 March 2020

A guide to construction safety for home builders

By Chris Pendrey, SHEQ Manager at Actavo Direct 
15 March 2020

Screwfix enlists Dedicated Customers for latest campaign

Following the ‘Legends of the Game’ campaign last year, Screwfix have called on its dedicated customers to bring to life their latest TV campaign. 
13 March 2020

The Retail Mutual offers support to independent businesses due to Coronavirus

In the latest Budget on 11 March, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, warned that up to 20% of the UK’s workforce could be off at any one time due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) 
13 March 2020

National building show postponed over Coronavirus fears

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show is postponed due to concerns about Coronavirus. 
13 March 2020

HTA comments on Budget

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak delivered the Government’s first budget since the election. As expected many of the announcements focused on providing support to the economy in dealing with coronavirus. 
12 March 2020

Bira responds to Budget

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has welcomed the Chancellor's emergency package to help small retail businesses amid the coronavirus crisis.
12 March 2020

Worcester Bosch named Best Domestic Boiler Manufacturer

Worcester Bosch has been announced it has been named as the UK’s Best Domestic Boiler Manufacturer in Build Magazine’s 2020 Home and Garden Awards, following glowing feedback from the publication’s awards research team. 
12 March 2020

New partnership between IKEA and Tmall

IKEA and Tmall, Alibaba’s B2C marketplace has announced the grand opening of IKEA’s flagship store on the platform. 
11 March 2020

AkzoNobel has launched its Digital Report 2019

AkzoNobel has launched its digital Report 2019, which highlights the company’s continued progress during another successful year of transformation, innovation and investment in the future. 
11 March 2020

Pre-budget comment from the HTA

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, will deliver the Government’s first budget since the election today (11 March 2020). 
11 March 2020

Dulux Decorator Centre launches charity initiative

Garden therapy sites in Birmingham, outdoor play areas in London and beach huts in Brighton have all been transformed using the power of colour as part of a year-long programme of charity initiatives by Dulux Decorator Centre. 
10 March 2020

The Budget: investment needed for a net zero economy

The Chancellor must be bold, imaginative and use his Budget to lay the foundations for a net-zero carbon economy and action to future-proof new homes and retrofit existing properties, according to the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). 
9 March 2020

Bira's five-point plan to save shops

A five-point plan to Save Our Shops (SOS) has been issued by the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira). 
9 March 2020


The former European Federation of DIY Manufacturers (fediyma) has rebranded as the Home Improvement Manufacturers Association (HIMA), with an expanded range of benefits for members. 
9 March 2020

Squire’s Garden Centres donates 300 trees

Squire’s Garden Centres has donated 300 Silver Birch trees to local parks and green spaces as part of its ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign. 
6 March 2020

New paint collection between Crown Paints, Elle Decoration and Homebase

Homebase has been exclusively selected to be the only home and garden projects retailer in the UK to stock the new paint collection from the world’s leading design magazine, Elle Decoration and Crown Paints 
6 March 2020

Notcutts and Thrive launch wellbeing resource

Reducing stress and anxiety by connecting to the therapeutic power of gardens and nature is the target of a new campaign being launched. 
6 March 2020

What do you think?

With all the extra social distancing measures retailers have been forced to put in place, floor planning, product positioning, creative merchandising and POS displays are more crucial than ever.
But which of the following product categories do you feel are the most challenging to merchandise?

Latest reader comments

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

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

re: B&Q sales slide, as Screwfix decision to exit German market costs millions

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

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