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DIY Week Awards judging panels announced

The line-up of judges for the supplier and retailer categories has been revealed, with key representatives from across the home improvement and garden industry set to take part in choosing the 2019 DIY Week Award winners.Each year, two independent ... 
7 January 2019

BHETA to own Exclusively shows outright

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has purchased the two minority shareholdings in Brooke House Exhibitions, the owner of the Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical shows, from Simon Boyd and Christopher Leonard-Morgan.... 
7 January 2019

Plumbworld completes MBO from Grafton Group

Online bathroom products retailer, Online Home Retail Limited, has just completed a successful management buyout (MBO). A team led by an original founder of the business, James Hickman, bought back the company, which trades as www.plumbworld.co.uk, ... 
7 January 2019

Toolbank secures new distribution partnership

The specialist hand and power tool wholesaler announced, this month, it has been appointed as the exclusive distributor for US brand, ToughBuilt, in the UK and Ireland.The offer from the Las Vegas-based manufacturer includes saw horses and jobsite ... 
7 January 2019

Dunelm remains "cautious" despite profit increase

UK homewares retailer Dunelm Group plc has reported its total LFL revenue growth for its second quarter was +9.0%, a pleasing result the company says, which builds upon the positive trading experienced in the first quarter.Like-for-like store ... 
7 January 2019

Lidl to take over former Homebase unit in Swansea

Picton Property Income has completed an agreement to Lease with Lidl on its former Homebase unit at Parc Tawe North, Swansea. It will move Lidl from its existing premises on the retail park, making it the anchor occupier, alongside JD Sports, Pets ... 
7 January 2019

Footfall down on Boxing Day

The number of shoppers out on December 26 this year fell by 3.1% and is the third consecutive year that has seen a decline, which could indicate a lessening in importance of Boxing Day as a trading day - but not all retailers had a quiet day... 
4 January 2019

TIMCo announces partnership with Fantom Hardware

Wholesale supplier T.I. Midwood & Co, has become the UK’s exclusive supplier to merchants and retailers for Australian company Fantom Hardware, creator of the award-winning Fantom Doorstop.... 
4 January 2019

Non-food price deflation eases in December

The BRC-Nielsen shop price index for the final month of 2018 recorded the lowest rate of deflation of non-food goods since March 2013, despite deep discounting in several sectors. The reporting period covered 3-7 December.Non-food prices stabilised ... 
4 January 2019

Clas Ohlson to retain one UK store in "key location"

Despite announcing plans to close all of its physical outlets acrosss the UK and Germany with a view to focusing on an online-only strategy, the Swedish retailer has made an about-turn and revealed it plan to keep trading from its Reading store on ... 
3 January 2019

Pantone announces colour of the year for 2019

Pantone has announced its colour of the year for 2019 as 'Living Coral'. Vibrant, yet mellow, the company has said, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral "embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting ... 
3 January 2019

Peckish goes live with Channel 4 sponsorship

In December it was announced that Peckish will be sponsoring the Channel 4 Weather bulletins, as part of wider plans to boost brand awareness and the wild bird card market.The “Love Every Bird” campaign, which it is hoped will expose the Peckish ... 
3 January 2019

Homebase introduces second concession partnership

Homebase, one of the UK’s leading home improvement and garden retailers, has signed a concession partnership with UK bed brand, Silentnight.The partnership marks the first step in Homebase’s return into beds and mattresses, and will see several ... 
3 January 2019

Dobbies reports 21% uplift over Christmas

The 40-strong garden centre chain posted total sales of £24.1million for the last six weeks of the year, with footfall up across its centres, and a number of categories delivering record performances.Like-for-like sales were up 8% year on year (YOY),... 
3 January 2019

Official ambassador for National Home Improvement Month is revealed

National Home Improvement Month has announced it has recruited BBC presenter, DIY enthusiast and property developer Georgina Burnett to be an official ambassador for the National Home Improvement Month challenge commencing this April. Georgina has ... 
2 January 2019

Federation joins BHETA

The Federation of British Hand Tool Manufacturers (FBHTM) has announced that it has joined The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) as of January 1st 2019.FBHTM will remain as a separate entity under the leadership the current ... 
2 January 2019

Better Bathrooms receives rap from ASA over misleading promotion

The bathroom retailer’s ‘April Showers’ campaign was deemed to have breached CAP code rules, with it unclear as to whether discounts promised were genuine.The ads in question referred to banners that detailed the retailer’s April Showers promotion, ... 
2 January 2019

Hartley Botanic reveals 2019 greenhouse trends

2019 has been reported as the year greenhouses and glasshouses will be just as likely to be used for parties and entertaining as younger families admit they see them, not just as a route to healthier and eco-friendly living, but as luxury lifestyle ... 
2 January 2019

Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen to speak at GCA Conference

Attendees to the Garden Centre Association (GCA) annual conference, to be held on January 20 until 23, 2019, will be able to hear from former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen.Kevin will be a guest speaker at the conference, which takes place at ... 
2 January 2019

Sponsors line up to support the DIY Week Awards

First industry names to come on board to support the May event include Home Hardware Southwest, Zep Commercial and the British Home Enhancement Association (BHETA).The 2019 DIY Week Awards will take place on Friday, May 10 at the Tower Hotel in ... 
18 December 2018
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