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The Small Electrical Appliance Marketing Association (SEAMA) has become part of the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA). Its 14 members - G25Ltd, Meyer, Igenix (Pik-a-Pak), RKW, MPL Home, Vita-Mix, Ultimate Products, HoMedics, ... 
2 July 2020

Furniture and bbq sales sore

Furniture and barbecues were the biggest sellers when garden centres re-opened in May (2020) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade report. 
30 June 2020

Surge in landscaping product sales across Britain

Data from builders’ merchants across the UK points to a surge in landscaping products, as homeowners opted to give their gardens a make-over during the Covid-19 restrictions.


30 June 2020

Promising year ahead for home interiors industry

New research has revealed millions of consumers are spending more money than usual on their homes as a result of lockdown, with 75 per cent of Brits planning further improvements over the next year, including decorating, kitchens, bathrooms and extensions.


29 June 2020

National Home Improvement Month set for September

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has confirmed that its National Home Improvement Month 2020 consumer promotion will go ahead in September 
29 June 2020

BMJ Industry Awards relaunches as online live stream for 2020

Set your Microsoft Outlook calendars for Friday 17th July because the BMJ Industry Awards 2020 is going ahead as a pre-recorded live-stream event. 
26 June 2020 records busiest week ever

Now that lockdown restrictions have started to ease, homeowners are seizing the opportunity to look for a tradesperson to tackle various jobs in and outside the home. 
26 June 2020

Quartermaine Distribution acquires household product supplier

Cheshire based company Quartermaine Distribution has completed the acquisition of Scott Brothers Ltd, saving six jobs.


25 June 2020

Increased plant imports highlights the need to support UK horticulture

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is calling for the UK Government to address the growing need to support UK horticulture and with it, support a green economic revival post-Covid-19. 
24 June 2020

Worcester Bosch celebrates successful safe installer commitment

Since Worcester Bosch launched its 'Safe in Your Home Installer Commitment' on 1 June, as of 23 June, 2,935 installer companies have signed up to the scheme. It's estimated by the boiler manufacturer that by the end of June this will surpass 3,000 sign-ups. 
24 June 2020

HTA response to Government lockdown relaxation announcements

The HTA has responded to the UK's Government's announcement of further lockdown restrictions. 
23 June 2020

Dulux Decorator Centre brings colour to communities

Dulux Decorator Centre is marking 125 years of service to customers, colleagues and communities with a new initiative to support the nation through its current challenges. 
23 June 2020

Travis Perkins set to cut 9% of its staff

In total, the Group expects to reduce the number of colleagues by around 2,500, approximately 9% of the workforce. 
22 June 2020

Kingfisher bounce back in Q2 2020

Kingfisher PLC has recently announced its 2019/20 year end financial results, and its Q1 and Q2 2020/2021 summary. 
22 June 2020

spoga+gafa 2020 set to go ahead

spoga+gafa 2020 in Cologne, Germany, is set to go ahead from 6-8 September 2020. 
19 June 2020

Popularity in garden ponds during lockdown period

The UK’s aquatics and water-gardening industry has been boosted by a huge surge of interest in garden ponds during the coronavirus lockdown. 
18 June 2020

Gardenex organises virtual 'Meet the International Buyer' event

Gardenex and PetQuip are holding a series of virtual Meet the International Buyer events, following the success of the first of its kind organised by the Federation. 
18 June 2020

HTA Virtual New Plant Awards Winners 2020

Apple ‘Trinity’ from Frank P Matthews has been crowned Best in Show at the New Plant Awards 2020. 
17 June 2020

The Retail Mutual launches #OpenForBusiness

On Monday 15 June the UK took another step towards easing the lockdown as non-essential retailers are permitted to reopen their stores. 
16 June 2020

Bradford Garden Centre expansion on course for September completion

Building work has continued throughout the Coronavirus pandemic closure to make further improvements to a Bradford Garden Centre. 
16 June 2020

What do you think?

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