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Squires Garden Centres offers some autumn gardening tips, trick & trends

Autumn is the perfect time of year to plant, as the soil is still warm from the summer sun, which encourages root growth, and moist from autumn rain. Choose plants that will add instant colour and drama to your garden now, grow your own winter ... 
4 September 2020

Scholarship Season open for horticulture students 

Five horticulture scholarships are available from the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF). Students can get up to £2,500 to put towards their studies. DCF has awarded almost £100,000 over the past ten years towards study tours, work placements, ... 
3 September 2020

National Home Improvement month kicks off with a broadcast media fanfare

The British Home Enhancement Association (BHETA)’s annual consumer-facing promotion, National Home Improvement Month (NHIM) kicked off on September 1 with a round of media on national and regional radio network interviews, highlighting the nation’s ... 
3 September 2020

Joy of Plants launches webshop integrations for Shopify, Bluepark & WooCommerce

A plant information company has launched an update to its services to enable plant webshops to be created based on its plant library. Joy of Plants has more than 14,500 plant images & data within its library and retailers can now quickly and ... 
2 September 2020

Rise in ‘exposing brickwork’ searches reflects recent home DIY boom

Search data from retailer Glowing Embers, has found a large increase in the number of people putting their DIY skills to the test with people tackling fireplaces in particular. Throughout lockdown, lots of people have been trying their hand at ... 
1 September 2020

Garland opens new warehouse as sales increase £1m so far this season

The opening of a new purpose-built warehouse by Garland /Worth Gardening has proved to be timely as the company is experiencing unprecedented growth in sales for its extensive range of garden care products. Garland/Worth Gardening’s new warehouse ... 
28 August 2020

BHETA joins lobby on future for safety marking in housewares and DIY

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has leant its weight to a forceful collective of trade associations lobbying Government on the future of the CE safety mark after BREXIT. The CE mark itself which is used by suppliers across ... 
28 August 2020

AkzoNobel supporting inspirational artist Sacha Jafri’s world record attempt

Celebrated artist Sacha Jafri is attempting to create the largest painting ever created on canvas – and he’s using AkzoNobel’s Dulux products to paint his way into the record books. Jafri’s Humanity Inspired project – which aims to raise $30 ... 
28 August 2020

HJ Hall unveils all-new outdoor range at virtual GLEE Trade Show

HJ Hall will be launching its latest range of outdoor socks at this year’s Glee Trade Show. For the third year running, HJ Hall will be exhibiting its newest products at the UK’s greatest garden and outdoor living trade exhibition, held virtually ... 
27 August 2020

Schneider Electric partners with National Home Improvement Month

Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has partnered with Bheta for National Home Improvement Month (NHIM) to encourage the UK to improve their homes this September. NHIM is the UK's largest ... 
26 August 2020

Kingfisher establishes four new Responsible Business priorities

Kingfisher plc, the international home improvement company, has launched its four new Responsible Business priorities.Following the announcement of Kingfisher’s new group strategy in June – Powered by Kingfisher – the new Responsible Business plan ... 
25 August 2020

BiKBBI Becomes Official Partner of the BKBA Global Connect Alliance Programme

The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) has partnered with the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), the North American authority on all things residential kitchen and bath, on its NKBA Global Connect ... 
24 August 2020

HTA AGM 2020 Goes Virtual 

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) will take place ‘virtually’ this year. The online meeting will be conducted via webinar on 16 September 2020 at 2pm. The HTA AGM provides full members of the ... 
24 August 2020

Nearly 300 house fires a week caused by home appliances

Almost 300 house fires are started every week by home appliances, according to the latest Home Office figures* analysed by appliances insurer Prominence Support.Incident data from the Fire and Rescue Services (FRS), reveals there were just under 15,... 
21 August 2020

New home staging app launched by lemon and lime interiors

Leading home staging company Lemon and Lime Interiors has announced the launch of its brand-new app – Stageflow - which offers estate agents, property developers and home stagers the ability to evidence the benefits and return on investment when ... 
20 August 2020

Revealed: Brits looking to spend £324,701 on a post-lockdown home in the next year

Want to add value to your buy-to-let home for the post-lockdown boom? According to a new survey by CIA Landlord of 1,000 Brits looking to buy or rent in the next year, these are the most important home features to highlight. With Brits across the ... 
19 August 2020

Homebase partners with Bosch and NEFF to strengthen its complete kitchen offering

Homebase is strengthening its kitchen offering with the launch of Bosch and NEFF appliances, joining other leading brands such as Hotpoint, Smeg and Indesit, to bring customers even more choice when it comes to creating the latest home trends.The ... 
19 August 2020

Lawn seed sales up five-fold this summer, reports Johnsons Lawn Seed

Lawn seed sales went through the roof in June and July, extending the traditional springtime peak in lawncare category sales well into the summer, according to the latest figures released by Johnsons Lawn Seed, the UK’s oldest grass seed supplier. ... 
18 August 2020

Heatwave reduces high street footfall but tourist hotspots are boosted as Brits enjoy summer of ‘staycation’

Latest data from retail experts Springboard reveals that footfall across UK retail destinations rose marginally last week, by +0.8% from the week before, a far more muted result than the rise of +3.8% in the previous week. Despite the hot weather - ... 
18 August 2020

Green-fingered Brits have spent over £100 each on gardening during lockdown

Green-fingered Brits have spent an average of £105* each sprucing up their gardens with a makeover since the start of lockdown, equating to £3.7** billion being spent across the UK, according to new research from American Express. The most popular ... 
17 August 2020
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