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Wyevale Nurseries unveil three new plants

One of the UK’s leading nurseries officially unveiled three new plants to consumers at the Garden Press Event in London on February 28 2018.Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford launched Daphne odora x bholua ‘Perfume Princess’, Dianella tasmanica Wyeena ... 
5 March 2018

New look website and resources for National Children's Gardening Week 2018

To celebrate the fourth year of National Children’s Gardening week and it’s ‘adoption’ by the HTA, a new look website for National Children’s Gardening Week has been unveiled, along with a suite of free resources for the garden industry to get ... 
5 March 2018

Consumer spending continues its downward spiral

February Shop price deflation deepened to 0.8% in February from 0.5% in January. Shop Prices have been reported to be deflationary for 58 months now. Deflation in Non-Food prices deepened in February, with prices decreasing at a rate of 2.2% ... 
28 February 2018

"Declining consumer confidence" hits Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins plc, parent company of Wickes, Toolstation and Tile Giant has released its full year results for 2017, ending December 31. Revenue growth of 3.5% was reported in 2017, with like-for-like growth of 3.3%.Adjusted operating profit of £... 
28 February 2018

CBI survey shows growth in hardware and DIY sector

Retail sales growth slowed for the third month in a row in the year to February, according to the latest CBI Quarterly Distributive Trades Survey.Orders placed on suppliers were broadly flat over the year, but are expected to pick up slightly next ... 
26 February 2018

Screwfix celebrates successful store opening in Pontypool

Screwfix has had a successful launch of its most recent store opening at Pontnewynydd Industrial Estate. The store officially opened its doors on Thursday 15th February with hundreds of eager customers ready to stock-up on the latest tools and trade ... 
26 February 2018

Squire’s opens new-look garden centre in Woking

Squire’s Garden Centres has re-opened its Woking centre following a “significant extension”, which has seen the shop expanded and the catering offer completely revamped.The centre on Littlewick Road in Woking, has benefitted from a complete ... 
23 February 2018

Wesfarmers report huge loss in profits as Homebase failures come to light

Wesfarmers Limited has reported a net profit after tax (NPAT) of $212 million for the half-year ended December 31, 2017. The reported profit includes post-tax significant items of $1,323 million relating to Bunnings United Kingdom and Ireland (BUKI) ... 
21 February 2018

The Range to take over Homebase store in Cardiff

Expanding furniture to DIY retailer The Range has agreed a deal to open a new store at a soon-to-close Homebase outlet in Cardiff.Last week Homebase confirmed it was closing its flagship Cardiff store at Culverhouse Cross on March 10.The unit, which ... 
21 February 2018

Ikea set for new store opening in Exeter

Diggers have been busy building IKEA Exeter since the official ground breaking ceremony in spring 2017.The store will be located just off Junction 30 on the M5, close to the A379 and will offer the full Ikea product range including a restaurant, ... 
20 February 2018

Grafton Group acquires Leyland SDM for £82.4million

The deal will see the merchanting and DIY group enhance its estate of large-format Selco branches with the addition of Leyland’s ‘small-box’ style convenience outlets across central London. Grafton Group, which has operations in the UK, Ireland, ... 
19 February 2018

Aldi launches DIY range in its 'Specialbuys' section as consumers look to discount retailers

Aldi has released an extended range of DIY tools and products in its Specialbuys section yesterday, as consumers flock to discount retailers for homeware goods.The range features a wide selection of "top-quality and excellent value tools and ... 
19 February 2018

BHETA to hold Exclusively briefing for exhibitors

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is to host a half-day briefing session for members planning to exhibit at this year’s Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical Shows. The briefing takes place on March 1 at Federation ... 
16 February 2018

Kingfisher to axe 400 jobs in France

Europe's largest home improvement retailer, said on Tuesday it planned to cut more than 400 jobs at its Castorama and Brico Depot units in France as it seeks to reduce costs amid weak sales.Kingfisher, which is in the second year of a global plan to ... 
16 February 2018

GCA launches new Rising Star programme for catering staff

Following the on-going success of the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Rising Stars initiative, a new programme aimed at garden centre catering staff was launched at its conference last month.Sponsored by Creed Foodservice, the new programme has ... 
16 February 2018

Patlock secures listings in two major national retailers

Following its appearance on Dragons’ Den, Patlock – the fitted French door lock, has landed deals with Argos and Robert Dyas nationwide.It’s a major coup for Rectella International, whose Bar-Be-Quick brand holds the retail distributorship for the ... 
16 February 2018

Home Hardware named Britain’s Best Housewares Wholesaler

Dealer-owned buying group, Home Hardware Southwest won the Best Housewares Wholesaler accolade at the annual Housewares Innovation Awards hosted by DIY Week sister title, Housewares Magazine.It is the second year running that Home Hardware has taken ... 
16 February 2018

AkzoNobel receives triple recognition as Top Employer

AkzoNobel's continued commitment to offering the best conditions for its employees has been recognized by the Top Employers Institute, with the company receiving official certification in three of its key markets - Brazil, China and the UK. The ... 
15 February 2018

Kelkay bought by Griffon Corporation

Family-run garden landscaping brand, Kelkay has been acquired by the same US firm that took over La Hacienda last July. It now forms part of The AMES Companies, Inc - the largest supplier of non-powered lawn and garden tools in US, Canada and ... 
14 February 2018

Lasher Tools makes move into the UK market

International gardening brand, Lasher Tools has entered the UK market and has appointed JAMP PR to help it target garden centres, builders merchants and home improvement retailers.Established in South Africa over 80 years ago, Lasher supplies ... 
14 February 2018

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Stephanie Ferrante
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re: Tommy Walsh: 'I'm really proud of my £1 tools'

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re: B&Q overhauls kitchen and bathroom sales process

No BQ employees affected - how come???when they're unemployed and losing a wage.....derrrrr...

re: Kingfisher opens first net zero energy store

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well done kingfisher! I’m going to make this store my main diy supply base. Perfect example of where sustainability is a win-win. ...

re: The Range to take over Homebase store in Cardiff

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please can you tell me when the new range will be open on culverhouse cross is please thank you...

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