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AITT and FLTA form new alliance

Leading forklift truck organisations join forces to provide industry-wide support for organisations, including retailers, wholesalers and suppliers, who own and operate such equipmentThe Association of Industrial Truck Trainers (AITT) and the Fork ... 
31 July 2019

Wickes to officially de-merge from Travis Perkins

At the capital markets event in December 2018, the Group announced the intention to strengthen the performance of Wickes and to capitalise on its clear competitive advantages in the DIY, small trade and Kitchen and Bathroom markets. At the same time ... 
31 July 2019

DIY and garden shoppers favour physical outlets over online

Bricks-and-mortar DIY and garden stores could mop up trade from ailing competitors, as shoppers in the category favour physical outlets over online.DIY and gardening shoppers in the UK are most likely to switch to a different retailer’s physical ... 
30 July 2019

Wyevale Garden Centres announces sale of two centres

Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) has announced the sale of two centres in two separate transactions. Springfield Garden Centre is being sold to Longacres Garden Centres and Par Garden Centre to Maidenhead Aquatics, following its purchase of Dummer ... 
30 July 2019

Sir Terry Leahy to headline Cultivating Retail conference

British businessman and former Tesco boss, Sir Terry Leahy will top the programme at the Cultivating Retail conference this autumnThe former Tesco plc chief executive, who has an active interest in the garden industry as a shareholder of Dobbies, ... 
29 July 2019

Wales & West GCA regional winners revealed

Staff at garden centres across the Wales & West region are celebrating after scooping awards during a presentation evening at Castle Gardens last week (Tuesday, July 23, 2019).Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre was awarded Garden Centre of the ... 
29 July 2019

Mica and BIRA announce proposed merger

Mica, the UK’s co-operative group of independent hardware, DIY and garden retailers has today announced a proposed merged with the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA), the UK’s largest independent trade retailer association.The proposal ... 
26 July 2019

Wilko to open new store in Acton

Britain's value home and garden retailer, wilko, will open the doors to its new store at The Oaks Shopping Centre, Acton on Wednesday 7 August at 9am. To mark the special occasion, Joe Swan a representative from the Alzheimer’s Society will lead a ... 
26 July 2019

Rainy Day Trust reports busiest month ever

As Brexit uncertainty continues to bite and retailers cut costs, industry charity the Rainy Day Trust (RDT) says it has seen a huge uptake in enquiries from people seeking support this month, with more applications from the DIY sector than ever ... 
26 July 2019

Westland picks its 2019 Rising Stars

Each year Westland and the Garden Centre Association (GCA) search for the most up-and-coming employees at garden centres who show great potential and would benefit from the opportunity to further their skills and experiences as part of the Rising ... 
26 July 2019

Homebase tops best single day of trading, as UK heatwave peaks

As Britain continues to sizzle in soaring temperatures, major retailers report a surge in sales of cooling products and outdoor lines, with Homebase raking in £690,000 yesterday alone.The impressive figure, beat Homebase’s best single day last year, ... 
25 July 2019

Mid-Sussex Timber celebrates 90th year in business

Mid-Sussex Timber (MST) saw in a milestone this year, as it proudly celebrated its 90th year in business. Since 1929, MST has been supplying directly imported Timber to the Building Trade & Retail markets and is now has said it is one of the ... 
25 July 2019

Disappointing quarter for independent retailers

The latest sales figures reported by members of the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) show an average fall in sales of -2.94% compared to the same three months in 2018.Scotland saw the sharpest fall in the UK during April to June ... 
24 July 2019

GJ's holds successful Trade Day

After becoming a DIY Week Finalist this Spring, GJ’s, the Derbyshire-based DIY retailer, decided to host a follow-up Trade Day at its Alfreton store on Friday 12 July. GJ’s said it contacted all the companies who supported the recent store expansion ... 
24 July 2019

Wyevale sells six more centres to Blue Diamond

Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) announce the sale of six centres to Blue Diamond. This follows the sale of eight centres to the garden centre operator in July 2018 and one in August 2018. The acquisition of this portfolio increases the presence of the ... 
23 July 2019

GCA’s South Thames area award winners revealed

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) in the South Thames region are celebrating after picking up awards during a presentation evening last week (Wednesday, July 17, 2019) at Haskins Garden Centre – Snowhill.The title of Garden Centre of ... 
22 July 2019

Homebase snaps up Bathstore

With the rumour mill in overdrive since Friday, Homebase has today confirmed its acquisition of Bathstore, saving the bathroom specialist from administration and considerably strengthening its own bathroom proposition.The move will bolster Homebase’... 
22 July 2019

Cambridgeshire Bathrooms to open showroom in St Ives

Cambridgeshire Bathrooms has opened a second location in St Ives after securing a funding package from Natwest to revamp a unit at The Lakes Business Park in Fenstanton.The move gives the bathroom design and supply service a second showroom premises ... 
22 July 2019

BIRA joins Down Your High Street for workshop event

Independent retailers came together at the OXO Tower in London to celebrate the ongoing success of the national online selling platform – Down Your High Street, alongside event organisers Network & Chill and partners The British Independent ... 
22 July 2019

Thompson & Parkes to open DIY retail outlet in Stourport

The established local builders merchant has announced that it will be opening a new retail shop serving the DIY market in Stourport later this year, supporting its two merchant branches.Trading locally within Worcestershire and Shropshire since 1937,... 
19 July 2019
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