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Hartley Botanic experiences spike in demand for glasshouses & greenhouses to ‘grow your own’ during lockdown

Historic Glasshouse and Greenhouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic is experiencing a renewed demand from homeowners in its handmade Greenhouses during lockdown, as the benefit of being more self-sufficient and ‘growing your own’ is thrown sharply into ... 
11 May 2020

Toolbank provides Covid-19 update

Following the latest government Covid 19 updates and a thorough overhaul of our warehouse operating procedures, we can extend the ranges we have available to our customers throughout the UK.However, the health and safety of our team remains ... 
7 May 2020

Grow some sunshine with Gardena and Lynne Lambourne

Global gardening brand GARDENA has teamed up with sustainability influencer, Lynne Lambourne, to launch a social media sunflower growing competition for families to enter this spring. The competition has been launched with the intention to get ... 
7 May 2020

Dulux Academy launches innovative new live training sessions

Dulux Academy has launched Dulux Academy Live, a series of free online workshops to continue to support the painting and decorating trade despite the challenges of lockdown. Dulux Academy Live sees the Dulux Academy team of industry experts share ... 
6 May 2020

Fiskars’ annual Happiness and Wellbeing Study

Fiskars has released the results of its annual Happiness and Wellbeing Study, which analyses consumer insight into gardening and its beneficial effect both on physical and mental wellbeing. The results are more poignant than ever due to this current ... 
6 May 2020

BHETA launches packaging campaign ahead of proposed legislation

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has launched a campaign to support supplier members on all issues arising from forthcoming legislation on packaging.Its opening move was to lobby Government on an extension to the consultation ... 
5 May 2020

Wickes stores reopen - Doing it right, safely

In a first step towards getting back to normal following the government’s Covid-19 lockdown, from April 30 Wickes has reopened six of its stores: Pudsey, Cheltenham, Preston, Sevenoaks, Cricklewood and Hailsham are now open to the public.In addition ... 
4 May 2020

HTA launches Safe Trading Guidance for Garden Centres

To support the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) campaign to reopen garden centres, a guidance document has been produced to ensure all garden centres open in a safe manner for staff and customers alike – should the Government formally announce ... 
1 May 2020

Next releases trading statement

Next has announced its Trading Statement covering first quarter sales performance for the period 26 January to 25 April 2020. 
29 April 2020

BHETA launches member webinar

Following considerable uptake of its online member support services during the Covid-19 pandemic, BHETA is launching a series of webinars on a range of issues arising from the crisis. 
29 April 2020

Travis Perkins releases Covid-19 and trading update

Travis Perkins has provided an update on the group's position, in light of the Covid-19 crisis. 
28 April 2020

Social distancing stickers

Hi-Standardstudios in Hitchin are producing these affordable stickers, which are ideal for offices where social distancing is required. 
28 April 2020

BMF launches video to support Covid-19

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has produced a video info-graphic outlining the key elements of the practical advice provided in their Branch Operating Guidelines during Covid-19 document published last week. 
27 April 2020

John Lewis reopens textiles factory

John Lewis has that it's reopening its textiles factory  ‘Herbert Parkinson’ in Lancashire, to make protective gowns for the NHS. 
27 April 2020

Silverline launches #DIYHERO Campaign

Silverline Tools, manufacturers of over 5,000 hand and power tools have launched a hashtag Instagram campaign designed to empower and inspire DIYers who are stuck at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. 
24 April 2020

DIY Week Awards 2020 postponed

Following the latest information and guidance issued by the UK government, Datateam Business Media has taken the decision to postpone the DIY Week Awards, which was due to take place on Friday, 1 May 2020. 
23 April 2020

LifestyleGarden donates product to the NHS Nightingale Hospital

Thanks to LifestyleGarden and a wealth of generous donors, workers now have a stunning garden space in which to relax and find a moment of calm away from the frontline. 
23 April 2020

Consumer interest in garden products at an all-time high

Consumer interest in garden products is at an all-time high, according to new research from homes and interiors PR specialists jwc 
23 April 2020

Regulatory update from Dunelm

The latest update from Dunelm


22 April 2020

Weekly economic update from BHETA

According to BHETA, the latest weekly Covid-19 financial update for members, forecast growth in DIY and garden expenditure for 2020 has now dropped to minus 12.1%. 
22 April 2020

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