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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

Wyevale Nurseries’ new cold store extends the bare root season

Wyevale Nurseries’ new cold store facilities have allowed the company to extend its bare root hedging and forestry transplant supply season to assist customers seeking supplies. 
21 April 2020

Smart Plant launches Covid-19 relief fund

10% of every purchase goes to the NHS as part of its COVID-19 #greenrelief campaign. 
20 April 2020


A BHETA-facilitated video conference credit crisis forum aimed at DIY suppliers proved a hit with leading brands in the sector. 
20 April 2020

Business blooms for online garden centre

A web-based garden centre has seen record sales as locked-down Brits stock their gardens online.



17 April 2020

AkzoNobel launches Dulux EasyCare+

AkzoNobel has launched Dulux EasyCare+. 
17 April 2020

AkzoNobel and SOS Children’s Villages extends global partnership

A global partnership between SOS Children’s Villages and AkzoNobel has been extended for another three years. 
16 April 2020

Kingfisher donates £1 million worth of PPE and funding to Covid-19 fight

Kingfisher, the home improvement retailer whose businesses include B&Q, Screwfix, Castorama and BricoDépôt, is committed to supporting our communities and governments to manage the Covid-19 pandemic. 
16 April 2020

John Lewis launches new virtual service

Launching today, John Lewis will be boosting support for today’s ‘Virtual Britain’ by transforming and adapting its in-store services and taking them online for the first time to meet the evolving needs of Britain in isolation 
15 April 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?

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