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Carl Kammerling’s Commitment to Supporting Retailers Proves a Big Hit

CKI’s commitment to supporting retailers continues with the further extension of its fantastic Free UK carriage offer, which has proved a big hit with retailers looking to revive their business and drive sales during these challenging times. This ... 
27 July 2020

Gen Xers drive home renovations, Houzz survey finds

Gen Xers (ages 40-54) accounted for two in five renovating homeowners in 2019 (42 per cent), according to the annual Houzz & Home UK survey of more than 7,500 UK respondents. Baby Boomers (ages 55-74) and Millennials (ages 25-39) follow in ... 
27 July 2020

Traeger sees UK sales soar in 2020

More time at home and warm early summer months have been the perfect recipe for a huge boost in Traeger sales in 2020 - with sales of their 100 per cent natural hardwood fuel grills rising by over 350 per cent. Traeger - the grilling experts, who ... 
27 July 2020

IronmongeryDirect reports record sales figures

IronmongeryDirect has reported its most successful month in history, with June seeing record figures for both order numbers and revenue.With many people turning to DIY during lockdown, the UK’s largest supplier of ironmongery experienced an 80% year-... 
24 July 2020

Unwanted tools to help change lives in Africa

Following the launch of RGB Building Supplies’ Tools for Africa appeal in January, the builders merchant is thanking trades and the community for helping to donate 15 bulk bags full of preloved tools which have been passed to South West-based ... 
24 July 2020

Survey: Nearly 8/10 plan to staycation in their own homes and gardens

Despite packed campsites and busy roads, new research has found that an overwhelming number of us are planning to holiday in our homes and gardens rather than at tourist destinations across the UK.The research by Aurora for Forest Garden, the UK’s ... 
23 July 2020

Kingfisher releases Q2 pre-close update

Kingfisher plc (‘Company’, ‘Group’ or ‘Kingfisher’) is today providing an update on Q2 trading ahead of its Half Year results for the period ending 31 July 2020.Q2 trading to 18 July.As announced on 17 June 2020, Kingfisher’s Q2 20/21 Group LFL ... 
22 July 2020

Toolkit Talks from Jewson: Reducing the hassle for trades with online learning

There is no question the coronavirus pandemic has been tough for the trade, with many suffering delays and cancellations to jobs. As the focus shifts to how the country recovers, national builder’s merchant Jewson is launching a series of FREE ... 
22 July 2020

Walker Mowers appoint ARB & Grounds as latest dealer

Walker Mowers have announced ARB & Grounds as dealers to further strengthen their distribution network within the Derbyshire area. ARB & Grounds is a family owned business, selling and servicing garden/grounds machinery to its loyal ... 
22 July 2020

Bosch and Gardena establish Battery Alliance

Bosch Power Tools is opening up its 18V battery platform of the ‘Home & Garden’ division to other manufacturers, thus setting a milestone: Bosch and Gardena will form an alliance in future and, together with other leading brands, will offer a ... 
21 July 2020

Announcement over October 1 re-opening of conference venues forces PATS Telford to cancel

This year’s PATS Telford, the UK’s number one pet industry show due to take place on 27th-28th September 2020, has been cancelled following the PM’s announcement that conferences are unlikely to be allowed until at least October 1. Prime Minister ... 
21 July 2020

Scotland’s biggest family owned paint retailer secures £2.7 million investment from BGF

BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor, has invested £2.7 million in Stirling-headquartered family business, The Paint Shed, to expand its online presence and accelerate the roll out of additional stores.Image caption: (L to R) Michael ... 
20 July 2020

“We’re on your side” - Premium Christmas Trees vows to make it easier for retailers to drive sales of Christmas trees this festive season

Following a year of unprecedented turmoil, this year’s festive season feels more important than ever as much of the population looks to Christmas as the shining beacon of hope on the horizon. With six months to go, many garden retailers will be ... 
17 July 2020

Sipcam Home & Garden becomes the exclusive distributor of Blumen International’s product portfolio in the UK and Ireland

Sipcam Home & Garden, the company behind the innovative ecofective® and RHS Garden Care ranges, has signed a deal with Blumen International Ltd that will see Sipcam appointed as the exclusive distributor of Blumen’s product portfolio across the ... 
16 July 2020

Covid-19 and Lockdown to cause a 20% decline for the worktops market

At the beginning of 2020, prospects for the worktops market were relatively positive with growth anticipated over the next 4-5 years, driven by a secure and growing house building sector. However, the arrival of the Covid-19 epidemic in early 2020 ... 
15 July 2020

HTA launches ‘Keep Britain Growing’ Campaign

There is no doubt that coronavirus has had a devastating impact on British ornamental horticulture. However, lockdown has created an unexpected upside for the industry – which is that many more people have been encouraged into their gardens, ... 
14 July 2020

Eliza Tinsley relaunch, newly acquired, Reedy Pro and Greenman Garden Tools into the market place

Eliza Tinsley, whose history in manufacturing and selling high quality fencing and hardware products dates back more than 165 years acquired Reedy Supplies Ltd in February 2020, a third-generation family business and well established name within the ... 
13 July 2020

AkzoNobel delivers robust profitability during Q2, despite COVID-19 headwinds

Akzo Nobel N.V. (AKZA; AKZOY) today provides a further update on recent business performance and announces preliminary financial results for the second quarter of 2020:Revenue 19% lower at €1,987 million (2019: €2,451 million)Adjusted operating ... 
13 July 2020

Carl Kammerling’s commitment to supporting retailers proves a big hit

CKI’s commitment to supporting retailers continues with the further extension of its fantastic Free UK carriage offer, which has proved a big hit with retailers looking to revive their business and drive sales during these challenging times. This ... 
10 July 2020

Deck Supermarket opens its doors in Skegness

Leading decking supplier, Deck Supermarket opened the doors of their first high street store on Saturday 4thJuly. They will be supplying to the local parks and Skegness community - allowing customers to get their garden, caravan, and holiday homes ... 
10 July 2020
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