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Frost launches new webshop

Frosts Garden Centres has renewed its transactional website prior to the start of the 2019 spring season, in order to tie in with the retailer’s new-look branding and garden stores.The family-run garden centre group teamed up with online marketing ... 
13 March 2019

Argos launches visual search to connect catalogue and online channels

The general merchandise retailer has introduced a new AI-enabled visual search service in the Argos IoS app, which allows customers to shop for homewares and furniture using images on their smart phone. Users simply take a photograph or upload a ... 
12 March 2019

Debenhams confirms refinancing in the wake of Mike Ashley wrangle

The department store chain announced it is in talks with lenders about a £150million refinancing package, following House of Fraser owner Mike Ashley’s attempt to take control by ousting board members and appointing himself through a shareholder ... 
11 March 2019

The DIY jobs Brits plan to tackle this year

With 63% of consumers planning a home improvement project this year, what DIY jobs do they feel confident enough to tackle on their own and what will they be leaving to the professionals?A new study by Anglian Home Improvements found that homeowners ... 
11 March 2019

Smart heating controls expected to drive high levels of growth to 2022

According to the latest Domestic Central Heating market report (2018-2022) from AMA Research, smart heating controls are likely to take market share from conventional heating controls in the longer term.In 2017, it is estimated that around 30% of ... 
11 March 2019

Year-on-year drop in retailers using third-party marketing channels

Use of third-party platforms like Amazon, Ebay and Google has dropped amongst the UK’s top 250 retailers, despite new figures that nine in 10 shoppers buy from Amazon and more than half presume Amazon has the cheapest prices ... 
8 March 2019

Hartley Botanic teams up with the RHS

Historic Greenhouse and Glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic has begun a new partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society this year, in support of its annual School Gardeners of the Year competition. The Lancashire-based business will give ... 
8 March 2019

Natuzzi strengthens European expansion with UK openings

Furniture retailer, Natuzzi has opened its Editions store at the Cardiff Retail Gate Retail, one of the most prestigious furnishing mall located within the residential district of Pontprennau, in the heart of Cardiff Gate business park.The space has ... 
6 March 2019

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
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