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Modest outlook for UK wood floorcoverings market as confidence and spending levels remain subdued

The wood floorcoverings market is now more diverse than ever, with a high level of competition between the main product groups, as well as competing with floorcoverings products, such as floor tiles and LVT, according the latest research. In terms ... 
25 October 2019

GIMA expands its autumn Knowledge Exchange Workshop schedule

GIMA’s Knowledge Exchange Workshop autumn schedule is returning with Negotiation Skills and Sales Development Planning sessions. 
24 October 2019

Berkshire is home to Britain’s most expensive tradespeople, according to new survey

The cost of hiring a tradesperson is highest in Berkshire, research from the tradesperson comparison website looked at the current average cost of hiring a tradesperson for those DIY jobs in the house, looking at the ... 
24 October 2019

Travis Perkins plugs plumbing side sale

Merchanting group Travis Perkins has put the sale of its plumbing and heating division on hold “given the current unprecedented level of uncertainty”, a trading update said yesterday (October 22). 
23 October 2019

20,000 visitors at Screwfix Live 2019

At Farnborough Exhibition Centre, 150 suppliers came together under one roof, including Milwaukee, DeWalt, Makita, Karcher and Mountfield, to give customers the opportunity to take part in demonstrations, activities and get hands on with the latest products. 
23 October 2019

IPPS show success

The 2019 annual IPPS (International Plant Propagators Conference) Europe Conference took place in October in Stratford Upon Avon, attracting over 70 delegates across the three days. 
22 October 2019

Expansion for garden and retail specialists

Work is underway for the £1.5million extension at Selby Garden Centre in Yorkshire, UK, after Malcolm Scott Consultants obtained planning permission for a series of improvements, which will allow the business to double its turnover and create up to 30 jobs in the East Riding area. 
22 October 2019

Bostik launches #BluHacks campaign with Blu Tack TV ads

Bostik has launched a new TV advertising campaign to promote alternative uses of its iconic reusable adhesive, Blu Tack. The £3/4 million campaign, which includes a mixture of 30 second and 10 second slots, goes live on 21 October until 16 December.... 
22 October 2019

International DIY industry prepare to meet for Creativeworld 2020

Creativeworld, the international  DIY trade fair, specialising in Hobby, Arts and Crafts Supplies, is set to take place at Messe Frankfurt from 25-28 January 2020. 
21 October 2019

Cautious approval of Brexit deal from Coatings Federation

The coatings industry has cautiously welcomed the new Brexit deal, but expressed concerns about border delays and separating from European chemical regulations in the event of a no deal or harder Brexit.  
21 October 2019

BHETA to hold meet the buyer day with Wilko

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) its ‘Meet The Buyer’ retail networking days with Wilko, the home and hardware retailer which now has over 400, mostly High Street, stores in the UK. 
18 October 2019

Scruffs’ social investment sends sales soaring

Scruffs, one of the UK’s fastest growing performance workwear brand, is reaping the rewards for itsinvestment in social media for its viral ‘fly on the wall’ videos of tradespeople in their ‘natural habitats.’The entertaining videos delivered by ... 
18 October 2019

Buy It Direct rescues Better Bathrooms in another turn around win

The Buy it Direct Group, one of the UK’s leading online appliance, IT and home retailers, has turned around bathroom retailer, Better Bathrooms from administration to being a profitable company in six months, since acquiring the business in March ... 
18 October 2019

Stax and Primeur agree exclusive distribution deal on recycled range

Pictured from left are Primeur’s Sarah McLafferty, Simon Wright of Stax, Primeur’s Jenny Douthwaite and Stax’s Matthew BallOne of the UK’s leading producers of garden products manufactured from recycled rubber has signed an exclusive new ... 
18 October 2019

Nicola Lewis wins Dulux Academy’s ultimate wallpapering challenge

Dulux Academy has crowned Nicola Lewis of Mrs Lewis’ Decorating Company from Matlock the winner of the third annual Dulux Academy Design and Decorate Challenge.Acclaimed for her unique craftsmanship, eye for design plus expert wallpapering skills - ... 
18 October 2019

The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show is set to re-build property ambitions for the region

Taking place on 1-3 November, Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate, the Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show is set to re-build property ambitions for the region.The popularity of self-build in the Northern region has hit at an all-time ... 
17 October 2019

Dulux Decorator Centre expands specialist product range

Dulux Decorator Centre has announced new additions to its specialist paint range making it bigger, better and wider than ever. Painters and decorators will now have access to specialist products from brands including Dulux Trade, Zinsser, Bedec, Coo-... 
15 October 2019

Bradford garden centre to host half term charity family planting event

L-R Andrew Brown, Colin Wood, Jamie Maxwell Little daffodils at Tong Garden CentreA Bradford garden centre is hosting a charity bulb planting event during the October half term holiday.Tong Garden Centre is teaming up with Taylors Bulbs to host ... 
15 October 2019

Fenwick to headline at BHETA Forum

BHETA’s next retailer networking forum takes place on Thursday, October 31 and will feature Kieran McBride, Fenwick’s Director of Buying for furniture, home and food. After a year of much change at the independent department store chain, Kieran will ... 
14 October 2019

First time buyers and renters go months without furniture when moving into a new property

Thousands of renters and first-time buyers are going without key furniture items for weeks or months after moving in, according to a new British Heart Foundation (BHF) survey. The survey of over 2000 first time buyers and renters in the UK found ... 
14 October 2019

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