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Fire at Farnborough Hardware

Firefighters tackled a blaze at an independent hardware store in the centre of Farnborough yesterday, where a woman was treated for smoke inhalation.Firefighters from Rushmoor, Basingstoke and Surrey tackled a fire on the ground floor of Farnborough ... 
18 June 2018

Amazon launches Home Services in the UK

Amazon has announced the launch of Home Services in the UK. Customers buying more than 4 million products on Amazon.co.uk, ranging from TVs and household appliances to garden furniture and exercise equipment, can now schedule installation or ... 
18 June 2018

BHETA shortlisted for award

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is a finalist in the Trade Association Forum (TAF) 2018 Awards.  The association has been shortlisted in the Marketing Campaign of the Year category for its inaugural National Home Improvement ... 
18 June 2018

Shortlist for Jewson building better communities trade hero announced

Jewson has revealed the five finalists in its Trade Hero category of Building Better Communities awards. After being selected by a panel of industry judges, the shortlist now needs public votes to be in with a chance of winning up to £50,000 in ... 
15 June 2018

Stephen Mangan to host 2018 GIMA Awards

The Garden Industry Manufacturer's Association (GIMA) has announced that TV, film and stage actor Stephen Mangan will compered its annual awards event this year. Best known for his role as Sean in the hit transatlantic comedy series Episodes, and as ... 
15 June 2018

Scheurich enhances outdoor offer with Deroma takeover

Leading indoor plant pot manufacturer, Scheurich GmbH & Co KG has received backing from German private investors, the Bavaria Industries Group AG (Baikap) to acquire Deroma, the world‘s leader in terracotta pottery. The company, located in the ... 
15 June 2018

Taylor Grange Retail acquires Flooring Republic in a bid to rescue the company

The Manchester office of national law firm Shoosmiths has advised on a rescue deal for a flooring business with more than 20 stores across the country.Taylor Grange Retail Limited, a new business set up by the owner of long-standing client, property ... 
15 June 2018

Kingfisher opens first net zero energy store

Kingfisher, the international home improvement company, has announced that the recently opened Peterborough Screwfix store will be the first in its estate to be net zero in its energy usage. The news comes as Kingfisher publishes its annual ... 
15 June 2018

Retailers need to do more to target rising number of female DIYers

Although four in 10 shoppers think home improvement stores are aimed at men, British women are the biggest spenders, splashing out over £300 a yearNew research released today by Barclaycard reveals a rise in females doing it for themselves as one in ... 
25 May 2018

71% of homeowners suffer from renovation uncertainty says DigitalBridge

Almost three-quarters (71%) of UK homeowners wouldn’t know where to start if they wanted to complete a bathroom refurbishment, new research has revealed.The survey, completed on 1,100 consumers by DigitalBridge, found that just 5% of people would ... 
25 May 2018

ERA teams up with security app developer Safeland

ERA, the UK’s home security specialist, has teamed up with Safeland, a company that has designed a unique app to help communities feel safer and better protected against crime. Focusing on the idea that crimes may be reduced or prevented if members ... 
25 May 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Wesfarmers sells Homebase, describing business as "disappointing investment"

Bunnings parent Wesfarmers today announced it has agreed to divest the Homebase business to Hilco Capital for just £1, as it said the “risks associated with a turnaround don’t justify the additional investment and management required”.Under the ... 
25 May 2018

Sugru parent company bought by Tesa

The London-based company FormFormForm Ltd which launched kneadable glue product, Sugru, is set to become a fully-owned subsidiary of German firm, Tesa SE. Thus.Adhesive manufacturer Tesa says the acquisition “strengthens its market position in self-... 
24 May 2018

April retail figures show welcome boost in sales

Retail sales for April increased by 1.6%, as figures from the Office for National Statistics shows a positive step for UK high streets, after adverse weather conditions and economic difficulties caused a lack of footfall and consumer spending.Month-... 
24 May 2018

Former Golden Acres MD snaps up Home & Garden Group’s Stansted Park centre

Paul Richards, who sold his Golden Acres business to Wyevale in 2015 before developing the Mappleborough Green Garden Centre brand, has acquired Stansted Stansted Park Garden Centre in Hampshire, as administrators seek buyers for Home & Garden Group’s nine centres... 
24 May 2018

Mano Mano launches web series to find the ultimate DIY project

Online DIY and gardening marketplace Mano Mano has commissioned a new European-wide web series dedicated to championing extreme and inventive DIY projects, with the search launching today, on International DIY Day.The series is on the look-out for ... 
24 May 2018

Harsh weather conditions hit sales at Kingfisher

Parent company of B&Q and Screwfix, Kingfisher plc, has announced its trading update up to April 30 2018.Quarter 1 LFL sales has been reported as down by 4.0% reflecting, what the company describes as "unusually adverse weather conditions" which ... 
24 May 2018

Tesco closes non-food website putting 500 jobs at risk

Tesco has conducted a detailed review of Tesco Direct, its non-food website, and has concluded that, despite its best efforts, there is no route to profitability for this small, loss-making part of the business.Tesco Direct will cease trading on 9 ... 
23 May 2018

Kingfisher puts customers at the heart of sustainable growth plan

Kingfisher plc has set out its sustainability targets for the next seven years, the latest stage of its journey to become a net positive business by 2050. The Sustainable Growth Plan contains ambitious goals for Kingfisher’s operations, including a ... 
23 May 2018

Wyevale Garden Centres put up for sale by Terra Firma

Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC), the UK’s biggest garden centre operator, has been put up for sale by Terra Firma as it seeks to complete a full exit for investors from its third fund, TFCPIII.Christie & Co, the specialist business property advisor,... 
22 May 2018
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re: The Range to take over Homebase store in Cardiff

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