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Azpects creates retail division

Azpects Ltd is pleased to welcome Geoff Seddon and Rebecca Cox to create the company’s retail division. Azpects is a specialist in developing and manufacturing products for creating and maintaining outdoor hard landscaping and is the creator of ... 
20 October 2020

Kitchens by design is latest retailer to join Kbsa

The Kbsa has welcomed Kitchens by Design, a showroom based in Coleford, Gloucestershire, as the latest member to join the association. Kitchens by Design specialise in superior German designed kitchens by Leicht and Nobilia. Established since 2005,... 
20 October 2020

Homebase signs long-term partnership with THG Ingenuity to transform the online shopping experience

Homebase, one of the UK's leading home and garden retailers, today announces a ten-year partnership with e-commerce specialist The Hut Group (THG) and its ecommerce services division, THG Ingenuity, to transform the online shopping experience for ... 
20 October 2020

Bedroom furniture market severely impacted by Covid-19 Pandemic

The bedroom furniture market has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, AMA Research have noted commonalities with most other consumer durables markets where a decrease in sales has been prominent and initial forecasts indicate a decline ... 
19 October 2020

Home improvements underpinning construction recovery, says FMB 

The recently released ONS construction output data showing the increase in private repair and maintenance work by 35.6% in the three months to August has been a welcome boost for British builders, but uncertainty remains for the wider construction ... 
19 October 2020

Gardening grows green shoots of optimism  

The UK garden industry is well placed to be an engine of ‘green economic growth’ says the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) today (Friday), as it publishes positive industry monthly sales figures (up 25% v Sept 19) and a new consumer trend ... 
16 October 2020

Toolstation boosts financial resilience of colleagues with earned wage access from Wagestream

Toolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing retailers of tools, accessories and supplies to the trade and homeowners has launched earned wage access (also known as Income Streaming) from Wagestream to boost the financial resilience of staff.The ... 
16 October 2020

Kingston set to welcome new decorating and DIY store

A leading decorating and DIY specialist will open a new branch in Kingston next month – and is offering an immediate £1,000 boost to the local community. Leyland SDM, which has 23 stores in London, is due to open the doors at the former Topps Tiles ... 
15 October 2020

First 100 percent UV cured wood coatings open window of opportunity for AkzoNobel

Window manufacturers can now make their production process more efficient and sustainable with a new instant drying solution from AkzoNobel. The company’s RUBBOL 100 percent UV cured exterior range of Sikkens wood coatings is said to be the first of ... 
15 October 2020

Greenfingers Charity completes its 59th and 60th garden projects!

Following Hospice Care Week, there is no better time to announce that the Greenfingers Charity has completed its 59th and 60th garden projects at the Little Harbour Children’s Hospice (St Austell, Cornwall) and Rainbows Hospice for Children & ... 
14 October 2020

Hand hygiene for all

Skin health and surface hygiene specialist, GOJO Industries-Europe Ltd, supports Global Handwashing Day on 15th October 2020The coronavirus pandemic continues to provide a stark reminder that one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of a ... 
14 October 2020

Tile Giant helping the trade get back in business

In a bid to get the industry back on its feet, Tile Giant has set up a new and improved help scheme for tilers, offering a range of benefits including a Checkatrade membership package. A known trade supporter, Tile Giant is committed to doing ... 
13 October 2020

"Bakeware Boom is the New Normal," says What More UK

Housewares manufacturer and pride of the North West, What More UK, has reported continued growth in bakeware and kitchenware sales, and lockdown is thought to be the raising agent.At the start of the coronavirus pandemic What More announced a large ... 
13 October 2020

Crown’s colourful murals brighten up Darwen

Crown Paints has teamed up with one of Lancashire’s most famous street artists to create two colourful murals in the Lancashire town of Darwen, where Crown’s HQ is located. The latest mural was completed by Keiron ‘Curly’ Whitehead in time for ... 
12 October 2020

Christmas trading during a global pandemic

British garden sculpture business, Andrew Kay Sculpture, share their thoughts about Christmas trading this year...Stags are Andrew Kay’s most popular designs commissioned for Christmas1. Have you now entered the Christmas period in terms of orders ... 
12 October 2020

KBSA announces ground-breaking support package for independent retailers

The KBSA and corporate member Quooker have launched a unique £250,000 support package for kitchen retailers, designed to encourage people back to the high street and into independent showrooms across the country.Quooker are supporting the KBSA by ... 
9 October 2020

Bradford Garden Centre applies for planning permission for a second site

A Bradford Garden Centre has applied for planning permission for a second site in West Yorkshire. Directors at Tong Garden Centre have applied to Leeds City Council for the erection of a garden centre at the Acanthus Golf Centre, Tingley.Charlie ... 
9 October 2020

Local Derby business acquires intellectual property of Internet Gardener

ARB & Grounds, a garden machinery business in Derby has recently acquired the intellectual property of The Internet Gardener Ltd meaning they now own the website www.internet gardener.co.uk. The site had been running since 2006 by a family owned ... 
8 October 2020

Greener homes, jobs and cheaper bills on the way as government launches biggest upgrade of nation’s buildings in a generation

Homes, schools and hospitals across England are set to be greener and cheaper to run thanks to a £3 billion plan to upgrade the nation’s buildings – the biggest in a generation. From 1 October, homeowners can sign up for big savings on upgrades to ... 
8 October 2020

Decorators talk about life on new Dulux Academy Podcast

There is a glossy new arrival to the world of podcasting as the Dulux Academy takes to the airwaves for the very first time. The Dulux Academy Podcast: Life as a decorator features the voices of the nation’s professional painters and decorators, ... 
7 October 2020
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