Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

Brett Avery to join HTA Board as Vice-President

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is delighted to announce that Brett Avery, Managing Director of Farplants, is to join the HTA Board as Vice-President.Originally from New Zealand, Brett was the co-founder and Managing Director of Avery ...
4 August 2020 0 Comments

New plants in HTA Virtual Awards added to Joy of Plants’ library

A plant information company has updated its library with photos and descriptions of the entrants from The Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) Virtual New Plant Awards. Every year Joy of Plants assists in validating entries for the awards and it ...
3 August 2020 0 Comments

John Lewis offers its progressive ‘Better Jobs Programme’ to all UK suppliers

Today, John Lewis & Partners has announced that, following a successful trial, it is rolling out a new progressive supplier engagement programme called ‘Better Jobs’ to all of its 120 UK manufacturing suppliers. The purpose of the 'Better Jobs ...
3 August 2020 0 Comments

DIY disasters - experts reveal the DIY jobs that can knock TENS OF THOUSANDS off a property's value

Converting a bedroom could reduce your market value by 20% (nearly £50,000 off the average house). With the UK property market starting to pick up, many Brits will be sprucing up their homes ahead of potential sales. But property experts are warning ...
3 August 2020 0 Comments

GCA and GIMA join forces to enable better communication between garden centres and suppliers

A new joint initiative between the Garden Centre Association (GCA) and The Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association (GIMA) has launched to enable debate and communication between retailers and suppliers (July 2020).A programme of joint virtual ...
31 July 2020 0 Comments

Doing it themselves: Nearly half of brits have made improvements to their homes during lockdown

Research by new bank Zopa reveals nearly half of Brits (43%) have made home improvements during or after lockdown and a further 44% plan to by the end of the year. A new study has found that 2020 is going to be a bumper year for home improvements, ...
30 July 2020 0 Comments

Holiday homes on the rise: Homeowners set to make nearly £1bn from staycationers

Holiday homes are the latest trend to arise from lockdown, suggests new research from UK’s leading trade directory Checkatrade,* with 30% of Brits considering letting their homes out to staycationers this year. They stand to make a potential £986 ...
29 July 2020 0 Comments

Pest control in the greenhouse is vital in the summer

The greenhouse at this time of year is at its most productive – and most vulnerable from pest attack. As the tomato plants ripen and ...
16 July 2020
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