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Cmostores.com doubles turnover following KCP investment

The online construction materials firm, which rebranded as cmostores.com last month, has continued its rapid growth, reporting a 100% uplift in turnover since the investment by private equity house Key Capital Partners (KCP) in 2017.Last year, the ... 
5 March 2019

Better Bathrooms goes into administration

It has been announced that Better Bathrooms has made 325 staff redundant and closed all its showrooms, trade counters and warehouses.Phil Pierce and Gary Blackburn from specialist business advisory firm FRP Advisory LLP, were appointed as joint ... 
5 March 2019

Wyevale announces sale of Barnett Hill and Seven Hills centres

It has been revealed that Barnett Hill will continue to operate as a garden centre under its new owners; Seven Hills has been sold to a development firm, with employees set to lose jobs within the next six months.Barnett Hill has been sold to Cherry ... 
5 March 2019

Opportunities in lawncare after last year’s heatwave

Johnsons Lawn Seed is warning that the nation’s lawns will need extra TLC this spring, if grass is to recover from the extreme conditions experienced during last summer’s heatwave and drought.Gardeners must overseed and feed lawns this spring, to ... 
5 March 2019

Building Supplies Online celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

This week is National Apprenticeship Week, a five day celebration of the great work that companies and apprentices are achieving together across the UK. The campaign gives both companies and apprentices the opportunity to showcase the benefits that ... 
5 March 2019

Exclusively Shows launch Exclusively Gift

2019 sees Exclusively Housewares & Exclusively Electrical once again working the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA), and together have announced a new joint initiative for 2019 and the launch of the Exclusively Gift, which it says ... 
28 February 2019

Three Greenfingers supporters take on wing walking

It has been officially announced at the Garden Press Event today, that three brave souls will be taking to the skies on June 2nd in aid of the Greenfinger Charity. However, this will be no ordinary flight, says Greenfingers.Each of the Greenfingers ... 
27 February 2019

Screwfix opens new Flint store

Screwfix has announced a Flint store opening in Heinzel Court. The store officially opened its doors on Thursday February 14, with hundreds of eager customers ready to stock up on the latest tools and trade essentials, the company has said.The Flint ... 
22 February 2019

Millennials drive terrarium growth

Millennials interest in the tranquil nature of indoor plants is having a very positive effect within this sector. Research studies indicate houseplants boost brain power, lifts moods, reduces stress levels, improves confidence and gives a sense of ... 
22 February 2019

Asda and Sainsbury’s say CMA has “moved the goalposts”

Responding to today’s report on the merger, published by the CMA, the supermarket giants insist the deal would deliver savings for shoppers, adding that the watchdog’s analysis is not consistent with similar cases.The Competition and Markets ... 
20 February 2019

Sainsbury’s Asda merger in doubt, as CMA raises “extensive competition concerns”

The planned merger could be in jeopardy, as the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) today issues a damning report, suggesting possible action would be to block the deal entirely or insist the supermarket chains sell off a “significant” number of ... 
20 February 2019

ERA acquires Y-Cam to accelerate growth in smart security market

The home security specialist has purchased British smart security pioneer Y-cam, taking on its cloud system and range of security cameras, alarms and sensors.ERA says the acquisition will make it “one of the most advanced and capable providers of ... 
20 February 2019

Plastic supplier pledges to recycle all plastic pallets and boxes

Goplasticpallets.com, has pledged today to recycle every plastic pallet and plastic box it supplies to its customers.This announcement comes in the wake of the huge amount of negative media coverage on single-use plastics and the devastating impact ... 
19 February 2019

Kingfisher sets targets to significantly cut greenhouse gases from the business

Kingfisher plc, the international home improvement company, has today announced ambitious new targets to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its business, products and supply chains.The targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets ... 
19 February 2019

Saddle up for charity with the Garden Re-Leaf cycle ride challenge

Greenfingers Charity is inviting its supporters and others to put their pedal power to the test this spring by taking on the inspiring Cycle Challenge for Garden Re-Leaf Day.Garden Re-Leaf 2018 cyclistsThe cycle event, which was launched as part of ... 
15 February 2019

RSPB urging retailers to support swift initiative

The RSPB is calling on homeowners and businesses in UK towns and cities to take simple steps to help save swift birds. Swift numbers have plummeted by half in just twenty years. The RSPB say now is the time to act – before the birds return from ... 
15 February 2019

BIRA celebrates 120 years of supporting independent retailers

This year, the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) celebrates 120 years supporting independent retailers. Since 1899 when BIRA’s predecessors – the Ironmongers Federation, the British Hardware Federation and the Drapers Chamber of Trade ... 
15 February 2019

Johnson Tiles invests £650k in new machinery

British tile manufacturer, Johnson Tiles, has invested £650k in two new inkjet machines for its factory in Stoke-on-Trent in order to enhance its existing processes for manufacturing ceramic wall tiles.The new machines guarantee faster production, ... 
15 February 2019

Future of gardening industry could depend on engaging young parents

It is revealed that 40% of parents aren’t confident planting plants with their children, despite wanting kids to ditch technology and spend more time outside.A survey by Cumbria garden centre, Hayes Garden World revealed that 86% of parents with ... 
13 February 2019

Axminster Tools & Machinery lands spot in top 50 UK retailer list

The East Devon tool specialist has recently been listed in the top 50 ecommerce and cross-channel retailers, as detailed in the Internet Retailing UK (IRUK) Top 500 report 2019.The company was first listed in the 2017 report, when it appeared in the ... 
12 February 2019
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