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Strong trading continues at Leekes Retail & Leisure Group

Leekes Retail and Leisure Group, based in South Wales, has reported another year of strong results. The family-run business which has been operating for over 120 years advised that the excellent trading reported in the year to 31 March 2018 had ... 
11 December 2018

Tong Garden Centre announces £4million investment

Staff and management at a Bradford garden centre have announced it has secured planning permission for the next stage of its plans for growth.Bradford Council's Regulatory and Appeals Committee unanimously voted to approve Tong Garden Centre's £4 ... 
10 December 2018

Amazon looks to open first check-out free store in Britain

Amazon is reportedly planning to introduce its first checkout-free store in Britain as it looks to expand its high-tech experience for shoppers. Bosses are eyeing up sites near Oxford Circus in London for the ‘Amazon Go’ shop – its high-tech retail ... 
10 December 2018

Utopia Bathroom Furniture transforms deliveries with new mobile technology

Bathroom manufacturer, Utopia Furniture Group has rolled out a new five-in-one cloud-based system that combines mobile apps - including electronic proofs of delivery (POD) and vehicle tracking - with a customer relationship management system (CRM).... 
7 December 2018

Apprenticeship Levy sees number of apprenticeships plummet

Apprenticeship starts are falling because of the Apprenticeship Levy, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), which believes the tax scheme needs to be made more flexible.The FMB’s reaction is in response to statistics published this month by ... 
7 December 2018

Clas Ohlson to move to online-only format in UK

The Swedish retailer has announced plans to close all stores in the UK and Germany and focus on internet retailing, blaming a weak retail climate and the cost of developing a strong digital presence. The move is expected to deliver a £6.5million ... 
6 December 2018

Homebase agrees concession partnership with Tapi

Homebase has announced it has signed a concession partnership with Tapi Carpets & Floors, the nationwide flooring specialists.The partnership will see Tapi concessions open in a significant number of Homebase stores across the UK. The first ... 
6 December 2018

Vanishing gardens and landscapes threaten UK future

Experts warn of the negative impact it will have on the economy and the health and wellbeing of society, as the UK’s gardens get smaller, with nearly a quarter of new homes not having a garden at all.A report by Oxford Economics for the Ornamental ... 
5 December 2018

Perrywood wins gold at FreeFrom Eating Out Awards

After being shortlisted in the 2018 FreeFrom Eating Out Awards, Perrywood Tiptree garden centre has announced it has won a gold award for the category ‘Newbies’ at the 2018 FreeFrom Eating Out Awards. The garden centre is home to an award-winning ... 
5 December 2018

Dobbies reports double-digit sales growth following head office shake-up

The garden centre chain said it enjoyed six consecutive months of year-on-year sales growth of more than 11% this financial year, after a fall in sales and profits in the year after it was sold by supermarket giant Tesco. Dobbies recorded a 1.5% ... 
5 December 2018

Wyevale announces sale of Wellingborough and Wolds View centres

Wyevale Garden Centres (“WGC”), the UK’s biggest garden centre operator, today announces the sale of two centres. Wellingborough has been sold to Higgins Landscape and Garden Centres Limited (part of Higgins Building Supplies Limited), and Wolds ... 
4 December 2018

Travis Perkins to review struggling DIY chain, Wickes

Wickes parent company, Travis Perkins, has announced it will begin a comprehensive review of the business and look to simplify the model in order to "improve returns."The company has said the fundamental long-term growth drivers of the business remain ... 
4 December 2018

Barton Grange and Castle Gardens named national winners of GCA Christmas competition

Barton Grange Garden Centre and Castle Gardens have been announced as the national winners of the 2018 Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual Christmas competition. The garden centres were judged to have the best festive displays in the country by ... 
3 December 2018

Juliana Group relaunches Halls greenhouse brand

Greenhouse manufacturer the Juliana Group, formerly known as Eden Halls Greenhouses in the UK, is set to relaunch its classic Halls greenhouse brand. Timed for the spring 2019 season, the relaunch comprises a new graphic expression and logo for the ... 
3 December 2018

Varta launches Christmas ad

Varta Consumer Batteries is the latest brand to release its Christmas TV ad in the run-up to the big day, investing in an advertising campaign that it expects to reach an audience of more than 18 million consumers during the peak-selling period.The ... 
3 December 2018

New regional property show offers insight into the trade

Brits in the South East are among the highest to overestimate the role of its tradespeople, with over 40% of them expecting contractors to design or plan the work as well as carry out the job in hand. However, around 60% of tradespeople have said it ... 
3 December 2018

DIY Week Awards: Call for entries

Entry to the 2019 DIY Week Awards is open to retailers and suppliers from across the home improvement and garden sector - don’t miss your chance to put a spotlight on your business, products or people. Earlier this month we revealed that the 2019 DIY... 
30 November 2018

HT Perry wins Home Hardware's Christmas window dressing competition

Home Hardware has announced that HT Perry (Wellington) has won this year’s Christmas Window Dressing Competition. Watson Home Hardware (Sutton-on-Sea) received the runner’s up prize.All Home Hardware retailers were invited to participate in the ... 
30 November 2018

Tong Garden Centre wins festive display accolade for third year running

Festive displays at a Bradford garden centre have been named the best in the North East of England by a trade association for the third year running.Tong Garden Centre was judged on the range, merchandising, marketing, presentation and displays of ... 
30 November 2018

Imperial challenged by competitor over non-stick claims

Groupe SEB has been successful in its challenge of claims about Imperial International’s Neverstick and Neverstick2, with the ASA ruling that the online ads do not substantiate claims the pans are more effective than competitor models, and must not ... 
30 November 2018
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re: Drews The Ironmongers to close after 87 years

Dave Percy
A Huge Huge loss to Reading, this store has always delivered on every level , the staff are amazing freindly knowligable and it was so nice ...

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