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Rainy Day Trust plan online fundraiser

Rainy Day Trust CEO Bryan Clover has announced plan of a social media fundraiser for the Rainy Day Trust organisation. 
12 June 2020

GIMA announces first virtual Buyer Connect session with Homebase

GIMA has announced that they are hosting a virtual Meet the Buyer session with Homebase to be held on Thursday 25 June 2020. 
12 June 2020

HTA launches Virtual Plant Awards

The HTA has received 48 entries for its Virtual New Plant Awards 2020. 
11 June 2020

AkzoNobel provides Covid-19 update

As the complex situation regarding the global pandemic continues to evolve, AkzoNobel remains focused on ensuring employee health and safety and maintaining business continuity, according to a recent company statement 
11 June 2020

Strong demand in lawn sector

Johnsons Lawn Seed, the UK’s oldest lawn seed brand, is reporting healthy sales of two of its most iconic consumer brands, despite the nationwide lockdown that gripped the garden trade during peak season. 
10 June 2020

The best and worst garden trends

The best and worst garden trends of all time have been revealed by leading tool firm Draper Tools - with bird feeders and vegetable patches among the good, and gnomes and fake grass among the bad. 
10 June 2020

Introducing The Grow Show

Kicking off summer in style, Glee Trade Show partners at Grow Your Own magazine have launched a brand-new virtual gardening event: The Grow Show. 
9 June 2020

Signs of recovery in DIY industry

Consumer spending contracted 26.7 per cent year-on-year in May, but positive signs are seen as more sectors adapt to social distancing restrictions to keep their doors open. 
9 June 2020

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

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