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Stax registers as private company

The wholesale and cash and carry operator has announced a change of status, as it prepares for future growth. The Stax business has been re-registered as a Private Limited Company and will now be known as Stax Trade Centres Ltd.“This is a ... 
17 July 2018

Winners announced for GIMA Awards 2018

The winners of the GIMA awards 2018 were announced at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, in South Wales last week. The pinnacle of the garden retail industry’s calendar, the event brought together manufacturers, retailers, members of the press and ... 
16 July 2018

GCA to host international congress

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) is set to host the International Garden Centre Association congress for the first time in 10 years, with garden retailers from across the globe to attend the 20119 event.The GCA is expecting 250 delegates from ... 
13 July 2018

Stax acquires Groundsman from Harris

Wholesale operator, Stax Trade Centres has expanded its own-brand offering with the acquisition of the Groundsman brush range range of household brooms, brushes and dustpans.The Groundsman brand, which was previously distributed by LG Harris, joins ... 
13 July 2018

B&M posts 8.3% sales jump in Q1

Discount retail chain reported its best-ever first quarter early summer trading season, with record sales from garden and outdoor leisure ranges and like-for-like sales up 1.6% across the UK business. The strong start to the year, B&M believes, ... 
12 July 2018

Colour confidence powers downloads of Akzo Nobel's Visualizer app past 20 million

Akzo Nobel has announced that downloads of its Visualizer decorating app has surpassed the 20 million mark, attributing its success to "giving people the simple pleasure of making confident colour choice". The award-winning digital colour tool was ... 
22 June 2018

Delegates delighted with 6th Global DIY Summit 2018

Feedback from the annual international event was overwhelmingly positive, say organisers, as the sixth Global DIY Summit came to a close in Barcelona last week. A record of 1,100 delegates from 55 countries attended this year’s congress, including ... 
21 June 2018

Rose ‘Timeless Purple’ wins Visitor Vote Award

Visitors to the HTA National Plant Show has voted Rose ‘Timeless Purple’ from Whartons Roses as Best in Show at the New Plant Awards. The Visitor Vote Award proved extremely popular and with over 100 entries for visitors to choose from.The rose is ... 
21 June 2018

Barclaycard partners with Travis Perkins and Toolstation on co-branded business credit cards

The financial services provider is partnering with selected companies within the Travis Perkins Group to launch a new range of co-branded business credit cards that offer customers extended interest-free periods on payments. The rollout of the new ... 
21 June 2018

Habitat to open two new stores

Habitat will open two new stand-alone stores this autumn – one in Westfield London this September, followed by another in Brighton’s busy town centre in October.Sainsbury’s, which acquired Habitat in September 2016, is investing £1.5 million in the ... 
20 June 2018

May sees strongest growth in online retail since 2010

Retailers reported a year-on-year (YOY) increase of 19.4% in online sales, continuing a stellar year for the retail channel, with garden amongst the strongest-performing sectors. While the sun was shining on the high street last month, internet ... 
19 June 2018

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, 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

Toolbank parent makes Irish acquisitions

Dormole, the privately-owned business that owns Toolbank, has increased its investment in the Irish market by purchasing 100% of the share capital of Tucks O’Brien Ltd (TOB) and Tucks Fasteners & Fixings Ltd (QFF ) – the leading tools and ... 
12 June 2018

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re: Acana tackles carpet moths with carpet & fabric moth killer and freshener

Stephanie Ferrante
Hello, could someone from customer service call me - I am located in the US and we have a moth/ carpet issue. I am going to purchase this ...

re: Tommy Walsh: 'I'm really proud of my £1 tools'

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paint brushes good but paint roller sponge keeps fallinf off as i am painting doesnt help if i am doing big front room wall like i have ...

re: B&Q overhauls kitchen and bathroom sales process

No BQ employees affected - how come???when they're unemployed and losing a wage.....derrrrr...

re: Kingfisher opens first net zero energy store

Guy Eames
well done kingfisher! I’m going to make this store my main diy supply base. Perfect example of where sustainability is a win-win. ...

re: The Range to take over Homebase store in Cardiff

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