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Homebase appoints Ian Topping as Chairman

Homebase has appointed experienced retailer Ian Topping as part-time non-executive Chairman to provide support to its management team. Mr Topping joins Homebase from HMV, the UK’s largest specialist entertainment retailer, where he was chief ...
23 October 2018 0 Comments

Pricing competition in “tough DIY market” puts the squeeze on Wickes

Travis Perkins’ consumer division saw like-for-like (LFL) sales slide 4.2% in Q3, as Wickes reported declines in both core DIY and kitchen and bathroom categories.Announcing the results, Travis Perkins said “the market environment in UK DIY remains ...
23 October 2018 0 Comments

Drews The Ironmongers to close after 87 years

The much-loved family-run business, which has operated in Reading for nearly nine decades, will cease trading after Christmas, with 26 people set to lose their jobs.Drews made the announcement on Facebook, stating that the business was no longer ...
23 October 2018 1 Comments

Fire door safety ignored despite Grenfell tragedy

Despite the shocking tragedy of the Grenfell fire in London last summer, an online poll has revealed that 50% of tradespeople don’t feel confident in advising customers on fire door safety.Despite extensive media coverage about the dangers of ...
22 October 2018 0 Comments

Report reveals regional interior trends for 2019

Property specialists, has explored the interior trends favoured by different regions across the UK (in 2017), in addition to discovering what interior trends have been most popular in 2018, and what can be swapped for next year. To ...
22 October 2018 0 Comments

Vegtrug supports European expansion with new appointments

Garden planter manufacturer Vegtrug Limited has recently appointed two additional team members to support growth of its European business, Vegrrug Europe GmbH.Petrus Lahm has come on board as sales representative, whilst Rebecca de Winter, has been ...
22 October 2018 0 Comments People News

Jewson Wokingham relocates to brand new, larger unit

Increased customer demand has seen the builders’ merchant move its Wokingham branch from Barkham Road to a new-build 2,936sq m site on Molly Millars Lane.The new branch also has better access, meaning it can handle more customer deliveries and ...
19 October 2018 0 Comments

Shurtape makes it direct with targeted broadcast campaign

Shurtape has announced its Autumn marketing plans and is delighted to be investing heavily in national broadcast for the ninth year in a ...
2 October 2018
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re: B&Q sales dip 2.5%, as showroom sales decline

B&Q bob
Screwfix sales are up because they position new stores close to B&Q stores but then price like for like products cheaper than within BQ ...

re: B&Q kicks off kitchen & bathroom recruitment drive

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Wickes are not alone, Wrens kitchens has seen large numbers of unappreciated BQ kitchen sales staff join them because of BQs attitude ...

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re: Graham Bell to head up B&Q as part of Kingfisher reshuffle

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re: Screwfix opens 600th store as business continues to build

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