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Dobbies snaps up 31 Wyevale centres

Dobbies Garden Centres has announced the acquisition of a further 31 centres from Wyevale, following its deal last autumn to take on six sites, including Woodcote Green Garden Centre.The latest purchase increases the Dobbies estate to 69 centres, ... 
10 April 2019

Benjamin Moore opens second UK showroom

Following the success of the North American paint brand’s first showroom in Chelsea, which opened in October 2017, Benjamin Moore has opened a second UK location, with a new, even larger showroom in Wilmslow, Cheshire.Situated in the centre of ... 
10 April 2019

Mike Ashley calls Debenhams administration a “national scandal”

House of Fraser and Sports Direct owner says situation is “tragedy” and was “totally unavoidable”, as Debenhams is placed in the hands of lenders in a pre-pack administration, wiping out his 30% stake in the department store chain.Angered that his ... 
9 April 2019

Debenhams in administration

The department store chain has just announced the appointment of administrators, as it has fallen into the hands of its lenders, after much speculation in the press when it was revealed the business had refused Mike Ashley’s £150million rescue plan.... 
9 April 2019

Stax gears up to welcome the Rawltruck

Stax Trade Centres in Manchester and Birmingham are set to play host to a visit by the RawlTruck roadshow, which recently set off on a major European tour.The roadshow celebrates 100 years of the Rawlplug brand, and it will be bringing a variety of ... 
9 April 2019

Retailers have the edge over online with trade customers

Despite the general increase in online sales, recent research by Van Vault has highlighted that tradespeople still prefer more traditional methods of buying equipment.In-vehicle secure storage supplier Van Vault says its research has unveiled ... 
9 April 2019

Online garden centre sees tree sales surge in recent weeks 

Gardeningexpress.co.uk sees increase in sales of fruit trees and unusual varieties, such as Japanese maples, fuelled by consumers’ desire for a more sustainable lifestyle, as well as something unique in the garden.The business, one of the UK’s ... 
8 April 2019

Horticulture industry representatives crack down on plastic recycling

On March 27, representatives from the horticultural industry visited Viridor’s Plastics Recovery Facility in Rochester, Kent to find out more about the plastics recycling process and the demand for polypropylene for recycling.Attendees included ... 
8 April 2019

Debenhams sees credit rating downgrade, as Mike Ashley urges shareholders to resist refinancing plan

As the wrangle for control at Debenhams by House of Fraser and Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley continues following news that the department store chain has secured funds for its £200million refinancing plan, Moodys downgrades Debenhams credit rating.... 
5 April 2019

Wyevale sells six more garden centres

Wyevale Garden Centres has announced today that two transactions for a total of six centres to garden centre groups Hillier Nurseries Limited and Otter Nurseries Limited.The four centres: Cheddar, Dorking, Marlow, Lechlade will be sold to Hillier ... 
5 April 2019

Evergreen takes to TV screens with new £3.5m ad campaign

Getting ahead for the key spring season and Easter break, the garden care company has launched its latest advertising and multimedia marketing campaign, with four TV commercials designed to communicate the key messages and product benefits of the ... 
5 April 2019

Hillier reveals Chelsea plans

The nursery and garden centre business showcased the design for this year’s famous flower show, with a new garden designer on board, new varieties, and upgraded systems in place to help make sure plants are at their best.Hillier opened its doors to ... 
5 April 2019

Retail job market sees boom in March

Despite uncertainty in the weeks leading up to a supposed Brexit, the retail job market has remained positive, with job vacancies, salaries and applications all seeing a rise last month.The report from UK independent job board, CV-Library, found ... 
4 April 2019

Good weather boosts sales at Topps Tiles

Tile specialist, Topps Tiles Plc, has announced a trading update for the 26 week period ending 30 March 2019.Total revenues for the 26 week period were £108.8 million, compared to last year in 2018 where it was at £109.4 million. Like-for-like ... 
3 April 2019

The garden industry digs deep for Garden Re-Leaf Day

Greenfingers has said Garden Re-Leaf Day on 22 March was a success, as the garden industry and charity supporters came together to create a thriving day of activities and fundraising events. Whilst the final total is yet to be announced, it has been ... 
3 April 2019

ManoMano raises €110 million in funding

European online marketplace Mano Mano has raised €110 million in a new funding round and has confirmed the company’s 2020 ambition of achieving €1 billion in sales. This series D fund raising sees new investors Eurazeo Growth, Aglae Ventures and ... 
2 April 2019

Wienerberger acquires BPD to strengthen position in roof market

Austrian building solutions manufacturer Wienerberger has announced the acquisition of UK-based BPD Holdings Ltd for an undisclosed sum, to further expand its roof accessory offering and complement its existing roof product portfolio in the UK and ... 
1 April 2019

Wyevale Nurseries to sell award winning Pyracantha

Staff at Wyevale Nurseries are being granted the sale and propagation licence for an award-winning Pyracantha.Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford will be growing Pyracantha ‘Red Star’, which was the winner of the Innovation Award in the category of woody ... 
1 April 2019

Wilko gears up for Warrington store opening

The value home and garden retailer will open the doors to its new Warrington store at Golden Square Shopping Centre, at 9am on Wednesday, April 10.Wilko signed the lease for the new 15,000sq ft store in February, closing the doors of its existing ... 
1 April 2019

Debenhams secures £200million funding for refinancing

Following criticism by House of Fraser and Sports Direct boss, Mike Ashley as his offer to buy Debenhams was snubbed, the department store business announces it has secured funding for its refinancing package.This morning, Debenhams confirmed that ... 
29 March 2019
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