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Improved retail focus with Laylocks expansion

Work has commenced at Laylocks Garden Centre near Worcester, where a 470m² extension is under construction. 
31 October 2019

HTA comments on General Election

With the news that there will be a December General Election, to be held on Thursday 12 December, James Clark, director of policy and communications at the Horticultural Trades Association, said: “Having a strong and vibrant British horticultural sector is vital for sustainable economic growth and environmental development." 
31 October 2019

Homebase appoints M&C Saatchi Public Relations

Homebase has selected M&C Saatchi Public Relations to run its consumer PR, corporate PR and social media activity for the next two years. The agency joins a newly appointed roster of marketing and creative agencies working with Homebase to support the retailer’s turnaround plan. 
30 October 2019

BMA pledges to make compliance number one priority

Incoming BMA CEO, Tom Reynolds laid out bold plans to tackle non-compliance in the bathroom industry at a Compliance Seminar, held the day before The 2019 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference.Reynolds promised that the BMA was determined to ... 
29 October 2019

Aggregate Industries celebrates success at MPA Restoration and Biodiversity Awards

Aggregate Industries has won a number of industry awards for its outstanding work on restoring and improving biodiversity at its sites. The leading construction materials supplier has been recognised for its achievements in six separate categories ... 
29 October 2019

Covers host meet and greet with Portsmouth FC

Covers in Chichester, the specialist timber and builders’ merchants, but also supplier of products and services for both the building trade and for home DIY, will be hosting a Portsmouth FC 'Players Meet and Greet' session at its depot on Quarry Lane on Thursday 31st October. 
29 October 2019

Bushboard Evolve used in DIY SOS Big Build

Bushboard Evolve, solid-core laminate worksurface has been chosen for DIY SOS Big Build. 
25 October 2019

Re-claimed, re-engineered - recycled paint for decorators 

Dulux Trade becomes first major paint brand to launch recycled paint in partnership with Veolia UK.As part of its ongoing commitment to reducing the impact of paint on the environment, experts at Dulux Trade with Veolia have created a ground-... 
25 October 2019

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

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