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Robert Dyas announces store reopening plan

Robert Dyas will begin a phased return to the high street from Monday 15 June, with 11 stores in the South-East leading the way and reopening their doors. 
8 June 2020

Research shows 50% of decorators affected by mental health

Dulux Select Decorators has increased the range of support it offers its members to help them counter mental health challenges.



8 June 2020

Adapting sanitisation needs is key for retail

Garden centres have led the way in getting UK retail back on track as the coronavirus pandemic lockdown is eased. Now that garden outlets have been open for two weeks, many have successfully adapted sanitisation and social distancing operations to allow safe trading to resume. 
4 June 2020

Parks and gardens to reopen

Following clarification from government on 23 May that gardens in England could reopen to visitors, the garden attractions of Historic Houses – Britain’s largest collection of independent heritage – are carefully opening their garden gates 
4 June 2020

Waitrose, John Lewis and Vitality team up for health and wellbeing workshops

Waitrose, John Lewis and health and life insurer Vitality is launching a series of free virtual workshops focused on health and wellbeing, exclusively for myWaitrose and myJohn Lewis members. 
3 June 2020

Travis Perkins appoints Emma Rose as new group HR director

Travis Perkins has announced the appointment of Emma Rose as the Group’s new HR director with immediate effect. Rose joins the business from Kerry Foods, where she was HR Director. 
3 June 2020

Worcester Bosch launch Safe in Your Home Installer Commitment

Worcester Bosch, has launched a new initiative to support installers and homeowners for work undertaken in the home. 
2 June 2020

Home improvements thrive in lockdown

A new Aviva study gives a glimpse into home life under lockdown, with properties and homeownership aspirations all impacted. 
2 June 2020

Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show Inspires Brits to Get Gardening

For the first time in its history, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show went virtual this May, due to the physical show being cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 
1 June 2020

Rainy Day Trust urge new donations

Bryan Clover, CEO at the Rainy Day Trust, has released a statement on behalf of the organisation: 
1 June 2020

London decorating and hardware merchant extends hours to meet increased demand

A London decorating and hardware merchant will extend its opening hours from next week after reporting a surge in demand for products from professional tradespeople and DIY enthusiasts during lockdown.Leyland SDM, which has 23 branches across the ... 
29 May 2020

John Lewis announces shop reopening plan

John Lewis will begin to reopen its shops for customers as part of a gradual approach from Monday 15 June, starting with its Poole and Kingston department stores, followed by 11 others on Thursday 18 June. Depending on the response from customers ... 
29 May 2020

What More UK announces new building works

What More UK, the organisation behind the famous home storage brand Wham, has announced the latest in a series of multi-million pound investments at their Altham manufacturing site. The new development will provide 26,000 sq. ft. of extra ... 
29 May 2020

HTA launches new app

The HTA has launched a new mobile app, to give horticulture businesses access to up-to-date industry information, resources, and training opportunities. The HTA app can be downloaded for free on any smart device. It has an extensive library of ... 
28 May 2020

Garden centres to reopen in Scotland: Response from the Horticultural Trades Association

The Scottish Government has announced that garden centres will be allowed to reopen on or after May 28, as part of Phase 1 of its strategy for exiting lockdown. Scotland is currently out of line with the rest of the UK, and one of the last ... 
27 May 2020

The return of retail, but not as we know it

Non-essential retail stores will re-open in less than three weeks, but how will Britain's retailers fare in the post-Covid landscape? Founder of shopping app Ubamarket discusses why stores must go beyond cleanliness guidelines and offer a more ... 
26 May 2020

GIMA confirms Consumer & Design Trends webinar series

Due to the Covid-19 lockdown, GIMA’s Consumer & Design Trends seminar was sadly cancelled, however delegates – including GIMA members, non-members and for the first time, retailers - are being offered a second chance to learn more about the ... 
22 May 2020

Toolstation launches ‘Head First’ to support trade mental health

Toolstation has launched an initiative to help provide support to the mental health and wellbeing needs of those working in the trade. Working together with the mental health anti-stigma campaign, Time to Change, ‘Head First’ will encourage the ... 
21 May 2020

HTA Launches Virtual New Plant Awards

The HTA (Horticultural Trades Association) has announced today that it will be hosting its New Plant Awards as a ‘virtual’ event this year. The New Plant Awards are usually one of the highlights of the National Plant Show, held by the HTA in June ... 
21 May 2020

Makeovers for mindfulness: DIY expert Craig Phillips drills home a mental health message 

As self-isolation and staying at home become the new norm, there are concerns that the measures in place to protect our physical health may have an adverse affect on our mental wellbeing. Mental health charities, including SANE, have noted a spike ... 
20 May 2020

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