Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

Latest News

Doing it themselves: Nearly half of brits have made improvements to their homes during lockdown

Research by new bank Zopa reveals nearly half of Brits (43%) have made home improvements during or after lockdown and a further 44% plan to by the end of the year. A new study has found that 2020 is going to be a bumper year for home improvements, ... 
30 July 2020

Holiday homes on the rise: Homeowners set to make nearly £1bn from staycationers

Holiday homes are the latest trend to arise from lockdown, suggests new research from UK’s leading trade directory Checkatrade,* with 30% of Brits considering letting their homes out to staycationers this year. They stand to make a potential £986 ... 
29 July 2020

Trade fair trio makes face-to-face meetings possible with its protection and hygiene concept

With B2B business, it is particularly important to establish personal contacts and discuss solutions as well as experience products at first hand - this is the only way to achieve business objectives. These aspects are therefore also the ... 
29 July 2020

Surprising health benefits of DIY & gardening revealed in national campaign from Draper Tools

Leading tool firm Draper Tools has lifted the lid on the consumer health benefits and the calories burnt during a range of home improvement jobs. A national campaign is underway to promote the health and wellbeing benefits of DIY and gardening and ... 
28 July 2020

HTA and Gerald Eve continue to campaign on Scottish garden centres ratings after recent successes

James Barnes, HTA Chairman, and Gerald Eve, the HTA’s preferred partner on rating advice in Scotland, recently attended the Scottish Ratepayers Forum as part of the ongoing campaign to tackle the rates issues faced by garden centres in Scotland. The ... 
27 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 ... 
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
*

What do you think?


As we near the end of another summer season, which product category do you expect to be the biggest seller as we head towards to autumn and winter?







Latest reader comments

re: A guide to construction safety for home builders

Daniel Wood
Safety should always be the first priority. If followed properly, these precautions are all we need to tackle all unwanted accidents. I ...

re: Further Homebase closures ahead

Shaun Collorick
Cheltenham homebase has closing down signs outside, but not Gloucester homebase.... Yet!...

re: B&Q sales slide, as Screwfix decision to exit German market costs millions

B&Q bob
No surprises from us on the shopfloor management paralysed by fear of jobs and to weak to take chances so bumble around. Ranges boring, and ...

re: Further Homebase closures ahead

Miss l'a tesha gc Wilson
Please keep me updated regards all Store closures Thank you...

re: Graham Bell to head up B&Q as part of Kingfisher reshuffle

Peter Earl
I HOPE GRAHAM BELL THE NEW CEO OF B&Q GETS TO GRIPS OF THE COMPANY VERY SOON.MY WIFE WENT FROM SHADOXHURST TO GILLINGHAM TO GET SOME ...

Most read stories