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Dulux reports surge in sales of water-borne paints

Dulux Trade has reported a significant shift in tradesmen’s buying behaviour, with sales of interior water-borne paint up 13% in 2018 vs 2017, against a 3% year-on-year decline in sales of traditional solvent-borne paints.The surge in sales reflects ... 
27 March 2019

The Range set to open new head office this summer

The home, leisure and garden retailer has announced a summer opening for its new head office in Plymouth, which looks set to create up to 450 new jobs.The new store is already open and has been “very well received by customers who have enjoyed ... 
26 March 2019

DC Fix and Stax sign exclusive distribution deal

Stax Trade Centres have signed an exclusive distribution deal with existing supplier partner, d-c-fix. Continuing a 15-year partnership, the deal sees Stax awarded official distribution rights over the 60 lines of self-adhesive veneers and film ... 
26 March 2019

Screwfix celebrates more store openings

Screwfix has announced a successful launch of its store opening, the 4th store to open in Coventry. The store in Henley Industrial Park, officially opened its doors on March 7 2019 with hundreds of eager customers ready to stock up on the latest ... 
26 March 2019

Sales of outdoor plants soar in February

UK garden centres reported a 61% surge in sales of outdoor plant last month, helped by the milder weather this spring, with garden sundries and sales of seeds and bulbs also showing increases.The positive start to 2019 continued into February as ... 
25 March 2019

Wilko becomes headline sponsor of Great British Spring Clean

Hardware and housewares chain Wilko has signed up to be the headline sponsor of The Great British Spring Clean 2019.Organised by the Keep Britain Tidy charity, this year’s Great British Spring Clean – which kicked off on March 22 and runs to April ... 
25 March 2019

Instagram launches 'checkout'

Users can now buy products from major brands without leaving the social media app and will only need to enter their details the first time they check out. Whilst the service is currently only available in the US and on selected brands, the social ... 
25 March 2019

Veteran gold medal winner set to return to RHS Chelsea Flower Show

11-times medal winner, Medwyn Williams will make a return to Chelsea in May year after a nine-year absence. Mr Williams will, once again, set up in the Grand Pavilion to exhibit his award-winning vegetable display, with the support of sponsors, ... 
25 March 2019

Report finds worrying discrepancies in retailer price strategies

Following suggestions that retailers are failing to recognise the value of effective pricing, a new report has revealed concerning discrepancies in pricing strategies in UK retail.Figures showed that, despite more than a third of retailers (34%) ... 
25 March 2019

Sainsbury’s and Asda commit to £1billion of grocery savings

Sainsbury's and Asda have recently submitted to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) its responses to the CMA's Provisional Findings and Notice of Proposed Remedies, following a damning report, suggesting possible action would be made to ... 
22 March 2019

Kingfisher CEO to step down as profits dive

Owner of DIY giant B&Q, and Screwfix, Kingfisher plc reported further hits to its profit as an announcement from the group confirms CEO Véronique Laury will step down from her position and the Board will ensure a "orderly transition". A ... 
20 March 2019

Plantscape opens second nursery

Plantscape has developed a new nursery site in Yorkshire in response to rising demand for its self-watering planters and hanging baskets by towns, cities, In Bloom groups and BID organisations across the UK.The new 10,000 sq ft facility in York will ... 
19 March 2019

Bord na Móna boosts its credentials with triple award win

Bord na Móna has added three new ‘Best Buys’ to its credentials, across both branded and own-label products, following a triple award win in the latest Which? compost trials. Since 2010, the company has won significantly more awards than any other ... 
19 March 2019

Local business D.W. Nye renamed

Kingsfold based builders’ merchant D.W. Nye has been renamed the business as NYEs Building Supplies. The rebrand follows the company’s recent announcement that it will be expanding the existing facilities with the addition of a new 1000m2 warehouse ... 
19 March 2019

Timber doors supplier celebrates carbon neutral accreditation

XL Joinery, supplier of wooden doors and associated products, has announced it has officially been recognised and certified as a Carbon Neutral company due to a sustained commitment to significantly reducing its carbon footprint.The accreditation, ... 
18 March 2019

Better Bathrooms bought out of administration

It has been confirmed by Phil Pierce and Gary Blackburn from specialist business advisory firm FRP Advisory LLP that the assets of BetterBathrooms (UK) Limited have been sold to Buy it Direct Ltd. Better Bathrooms is said to be the largest ... 
18 March 2019

Success of Homebuilding & Renovating Show displays opportunities in the market

The first South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2019 "defied expectations" despite the stuttering UK climate by attracting 50% more visitors than anticipated. The event, which took place for the first time between 18-20 January 2019 at ... 
18 March 2019

Building Supplies Online launches garden and outdoor categories

Aiming to capitalise on the busy spring market and with plans to double its turnover this year, Building Supplies Online has launched two new categories covering paving, garden and outdoor products. The offer is aimed at a broad range of customers, ... 
18 March 2019

Debenhams gives Mike Ashley loan “careful consideration”

The department store chain confirmed receipt of Sports Direct’s proposal to provide a 12-month unsecured loan of £150million, under the condition that Mike Ashley is named CEO and director of the business. Debenhams says it will engage with all ... 
15 March 2019

DIY Week announces awards compere

Iranian comedian and writer, Shappi Khorsandi will host the annual DIY Week Awards, set to take place on Friday, May 10 in London. Shappi first grabbed the comedy world’s attention with her original sell-out Edinburgh show, ... 
15 March 2019
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