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News Archive April 2020

Next releases trading statement 29 April 2020

Next has announced its Trading Statement covering first quarter sales performance for the period 26 January to 25 April 2020.

BHETA launches member webinar 29 April 2020

Following considerable uptake of its online member support services during the Covid-19 pandemic, BHETA is launching a series of webinars on a range of issues arising from the crisis.

Travis Perkins releases Covid-19 and trading update 28 April 2020

Travis Perkins has provided an update on the group's position, in light of the Covid-19 crisis.

Social distancing stickers 28 April 2020

Hi-Standardstudios in Hitchin are producing these affordable stickers, which are ideal for offices where social distancing is required.

BMF launches video to support Covid-19 27 April 2020

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has produced a video info-graphic outlining the key elements of the practical advice provided in their Branch Operating Guidelines during Covid-19 document published last week.

John Lewis reopens textiles factory 27 April 2020

John Lewis has that it's reopening its textiles factory  ‘Herbert Parkinson’ in Lancashire, to make protective gowns for the NHS.

Silverline launches #DIYHERO Campaign 24 April 2020

Silverline Tools, manufacturers of over 5,000 hand and power tools have launched a hashtag Instagram campaign designed to empower and inspire DIYers who are stuck at home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

DIY Week Awards 2020 postponed 23 April 2020

Following the latest information and guidance issued by the UK government, Datateam Business Media has taken the decision to postpone the DIY Week Awards, which was due to take place on Friday, 1 May 2020.

LifestyleGarden donates product to the NHS Nightingale Hospital 23 April 2020

Thanks to LifestyleGarden and a wealth of generous donors, workers now have a stunning garden space in which to relax and find a moment of calm away from the frontline.

Consumer interest in garden products at an all-time high 23 April 2020

Consumer interest in garden products is at an all-time high, according to new research from homes and interiors PR specialists jwc

Regulatory update from Dunelm 22 April 2020

The latest update from Dunelm


Weekly economic update from BHETA 22 April 2020

According to BHETA, the latest weekly Covid-19 financial update for members, forecast growth in DIY and garden expenditure for 2020 has now dropped to minus 12.1%.

Wyevale Nurseries’ new cold store extends the bare root season 21 April 2020

Wyevale Nurseries’ new cold store facilities have allowed the company to extend its bare root hedging and forestry transplant supply season to assist customers seeking supplies.

Smart Plant launches Covid-19 relief fund 20 April 2020

10% of every purchase goes to the NHS as part of its COVID-19 #greenrelief campaign.


A BHETA-facilitated video conference credit crisis forum aimed at DIY suppliers proved a hit with leading brands in the sector.

Business blooms for online garden centre 17 April 2020

A web-based garden centre has seen record sales as locked-down Brits stock their gardens online.



AkzoNobel launches Dulux EasyCare+ 17 April 2020

AkzoNobel has launched Dulux EasyCare+.

AkzoNobel and SOS Children’s Villages extends global partnership 16 April 2020

A global partnership between SOS Children’s Villages and AkzoNobel has been extended for another three years.

Kingfisher donates £1 million worth of PPE and funding to Covid-19 fight 16 April 2020

Kingfisher, the home improvement retailer whose businesses include B&Q, Screwfix, Castorama and BricoDépôt, is committed to supporting our communities and governments to manage the Covid-19 pandemic.

John Lewis launches new virtual service 15 April 2020

Launching today, John Lewis will be boosting support for today’s ‘Virtual Britain’ by transforming and adapting its in-store services and taking them online for the first time to meet the evolving needs of Britain in isolation

Rainy Day Trust releases statement 15 April 2020

Rainy Day Trust CEO Bryan Clover has released a statement on the current Covid-19 crisis.

Bheta launches market report 14 April 2020

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has published a quarterly economic report. 

Zest Direct relaunches home delivery service 14 April 2020

A leading timber product supplier Zest 4 Leisure is relaunching its Zest Direct home delivery service 



The Incredible Router Revised Edition available now 10 April 2020

If your customers are looking for something to do during the Covid-19 lockdown or Easter bank holiday, then why not encourage them to take up woodworking with the router. Renowned furniture designer, woodworking author and expert with the router, ...

John Lewis Partnership offers help for frontline workers 9 April 2020

Retailer creates wellbeing area for staff at NHS Nightingale London  and joins forces with the BMA to deliver 60,000 essentials to key NHS staff.

Further evidence to support DIY boom during lockdown 8 April 2020

As Easter approaches and social distancing measures remain in place, 12.5 million British households are planning to keep busy with DIY jobs in the coming weeks. 

HTA launches ‘Plants Near Me’ 8 April 2020

To help connect growers with the public, the HTA  has launched the ‘Plants Near Me’ webpage

Henkel donates 50,000 litres of disinfectant 7 April 2020

As part of its global solidarity programme in the fight against the corona crisis, Henkel has announced that it will provide production capacities at short notice in order to produce disinfectants. 

John Lewis thanks partners 7 April 2020

The John Lewis Partnership has announced that all non-management Partners and first level managers working from 12 April will receive a recognition award of £25 for each week worked in May and June. (£200 in total)

New Greenfingers patron announced 6 April 2020

TV gardening personality, David Domoney, has recently been confirmed as the Greenfingers Charity’s newest Patron

Brits turning to DIY in lockdown 6 April 2020

Mowing the lawn, jet-washing the patio and polishing surfaces until they shine are among the most satisfying DIY jobs, according to a survey by Draper Tools

BHETA launches credit forum for DIY Suppliers 3 April 2020

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is launching a new series of credit crisis forums tailored specifically to the needs of its DIY supplier members. 

Kingfisher provides £1 million worth of PPE equipment and funding for health services across Europe 2 April 2020

Kingfisher is committed to supporting our communities and governments to manage the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Interest in decking surges during lockdown 1 April 2020

Google searches for decking in the UK doubled in the week the nation was put on lockdown, according to new research from Composite Prime.

New online tool for plants 1 April 2020

With the EU plant passport directive which has been in place since 14 December 2019, the regulations on the labelling of plants intended for planting have been tightened. 


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