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Trade park creates new jobs in Royston

A new Trade Park on Royston industrial estate has created a number of new jobs for local residents, thanks to investment from builders’ merchant Jewson.The Royston Trade Park will now serve as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for building, plumbing, heating and ... 
15 December 2017

EXCLUSIVE: A smaller-format Bunnings and its smallest Warehouse yet set to open

The Wesfarmers-owned group will open a new Bunnings store on the site of former Homebase branches in Bicester and its smallest Bunnings Warehouse yet in Walton on Thames ... 
15 December 2017

2018 DIY Week Awards judging panels announced

We can officially revealed the two judging panels for the 2018 DIY Week Awards, which take place on Friday, May 11 at the Park Plaza Victoria in London.Judging the supplier categories will be: Judging the retail categories... 
15 December 2017

Bunnings Warehouse opens its first store in South Yorkshire

Home improvement and garden retailer Bunnings Warehouse officially opened its doors in Rotherham today (14 December).The new store is located on Parkgate, is over 70,000 square feet offers customers more than 30,000 leading home improvement and ... 
14 December 2017

Rapid online growth for home improvement products, while DIY stores retain a strong position

Research from the USP Marketing Consultancy has shown that the purchase channel most often used by European consumers is the DIY store, and the share of online shops has risen considerably. That is one of the results of the Q3 report from the ... 
13 December 2017

Bunnings opens 11th store in Basingstoke

Home improvement and garden retailer Bunnings Warehouse officially opened its doors in Basingstoke today (13 December).The new store, which is on the site of the former Homebase on Winchester Road, is 84,500 square feet and offers customers more ... 
13 December 2017

Lucrative pet category to give retailers a boost this Christmas

New figures suggest animal lovers will spend more on their pets than their nearest and dearest over the festive season.A survey found that owners will be spending an average of £19.98 on their pets compared to just £14.78 on their best friends.While ... 
12 December 2017

Black Friday failed to lift consumer spending in November

Latest UK consumer spending index data from Visa, compiled by finance data company Markit, has indicated that consumer spending declined for the third month running in November. On an annual basis, total expenditure fell by -0.9%, which was less ... 
11 December 2017

Home Hardware Scotland holds first ever Christmas window display competition

Home Hardware Scotland held its first ever Christmas window competition for its members shops and were "delighted with the response and the high level of entries". The entries were put to a vote to the office staff at Home Hardware and the winner ... 
11 December 2017

Retail park giant Hammerson to acquire rival Intu

Hammerson plc, which operates 17 UK retail parks, as well as shopping centres and outlets across the UK and Europe has made an all-share offer to acquire Intu, with a view to create a £21billion pan-European portfolio.The boards of the two companies ... 
8 December 2017

Topps Tiles' full year results report a loss in profit

Tile specialists Topps Tiles Plc, announced its annual financial results for the 52 weeks ended 30 September 2017 today, reporting a loss of 1.5% in group revenue since the 52 weeks ended 1 October 2016, from £215.0 million to this year's £211.8 ... 
28 November 2017

Christmas at Bents is judged best in UK

Independent garden centres are celebrating after bagging GCA display awards, with Bents Garden & Home winning the 2017 title of Best Christmas Display in the Country, and Perrywood Garden Centre winning in its regional heat.Warrington-based ... 
27 November 2017

Houseplants sales still soaring

The resurgence of houseplants within the younger generation has seen an upward trend in the category amongst Garden Centre Association (GCA) members. According to the GCA’s Barometer of Trade (BoT) report for October 2017, sales of houseplants were ... 
27 November 2017

Homebase offer brand price match gaurantee

Homebase has begun offering a brand price match gaurantee to help ensure the company's "prices are competitive", and if you have purchased a branded item from Homebase and find the identical branded product in stock and cheaper elsewhere then the ... 
24 November 2017

AkzoNobel and SOS Children's Villages to widen global partnership

A partnership between Akzo Nobel and SOS Children's Villages designed to help fight youth unemployment - through education and renovation training programs - is being expanded to include six new countries.After joining forces earlier this year, the ... 
23 November 2017

HTA gives evidence at EFRA Committee hearing on Brexit

The hopes and concerns of the garden industry post-Brexit were made clear to Westminster representatives at a Select Committee Inquiry on 15 November, and to 19 parliamentarians at a very successful joint dinner, held by the APPGHG and EFRA Select ... 
23 November 2017

Chancellor delivers 'business-friendly' budget

Following Chancellor Philip Hammond’s budget statement, responses have been made regarding various key points that will impact the DIY retail industry.In brief, living wage is up to £7.83 an hour from £7.50, £3billion set aside for Brexit ... 
22 November 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Akzo and Axalta merger off the table

Dutch coatings firm Akzo Nobel has confirmed today that it has ended discussions with Axalta.On October 30, Akzo responded to speculation in the market and confirmed it was in “constructive discussions” regarding a potential merger of the Akzo Nobel ... 
21 November 2017

Sales exceed £750m at The Range

Turnover has increased to more than £750m at The Range as the discount retailer continues to expand with new store openings.The company recently secured planning consent for a superstore and new headquarters in Plymouth, the site of its first outlet.... 
21 November 2017

Tile Giant appoints Premier Logistics Group to manage store delivery

Tile Giant has appointed Premier Logistics Group to manage its store delivery operation. The three-year contract will see Premier Logistics delivering stock to Tile Giant’s UK stores on a daily basis, utilising specialist trailers bearing the ... 
21 November 2017
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