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New export deal for What More UK

East Lancashire housewares manufacturer What More UK has announced it's adding Costa Rica to its growing list of export destinations, bringing the total up to 74 countries.Left to right, Michael Blakey, Karren Murray, Nathan Plummer, Cheryl Cregg, ... 
11 August 2020

Taking the risk out of buying a greenhouse

Anyone considering buying a greenhouse is well advised to download a free PDF from one of the country’s leading glasshouse designers and manufacturers that gives 12 key points to consider before splashing the cash.Linda Lane, MD of Griffin ... 
10 August 2020

Häfele launches support programme for kbb sector

Häfele UK has launched a new dedicated package of industry leading support for kbb retailers and manufacturers, in response to feedback from customers who shared their industry concerns as a result of Covid-19. Available to existing and new ... 
10 August 2020

GCA members discuss challenges of re-opening restaurants and cafés

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) recently (August 2020) took part in a virtual forum to discuss the challenges they faced with the re-opening of restaurants and cafés.The forum was facilitated by Chris Brown of Turpin Smale Catering ... 
10 August 2020

Bradford Garden Centre marks five years of new ownership with further changes

With the latest phase of its expansion progressing well, the team at a Bradford garden centre have announced further plans to enhance the visitor experience.In addition to providing new facilities for the 200 strong team and extending the range of ... 
10 August 2020

Latest update on Green Homes Grant and implications for homeowners and landlords

Last month Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a circa £3 billion green investment plan, including the Green Homes Grant, as part of his Summer Economic Update. The UK Government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has now ... 
10 August 2020

CESRB, in association with ceda and FEA, issues advice on commercial kitchen wiring following engineer's tragic death

Associations push for urgent amendments to wiring regulations in commercial kitchens.Following the tragic death of an engineer working on a commercial kitchen appliance, FEA, in association with CESRB (Catering Engineers Standards and Registration ... 
10 August 2020

Hyve Group launches three virtual forums in September 2020

Hyve Group is pleased to announce Autumn Fair @ Home, Glee Gathering and Fashion Together (comprising Pure, Pure Origin, Moda and Scoop), three completely virtual forums happening this September. These forums will provide exhibitors and attendees ... 
7 August 2020

Vitrex and Homelux expand into Wickes

Vitrex and Homelux expand into Wickes DIY enthusiasts will now be able to find tiling and home improvement brands Vitrex and Homelux in Wickes stores across the UK. Tiling accessories provider Homelux offers customers both economy and trend-led tile ... 
7 August 2020

Hyve Group announces changes to its 2020 show calendar - Glee and Pawexpo 2020 will offer a virtual forum this September

Hyve, the organiser of Glee, the UK’s leading garden and outdoor living trade show, and the co-located Pawexpo, the premium pet trade show that cares about pets, people and the industry, has announced changes to the scheduled event in 2020. As a ... 
6 August 2020

BEAMA hopes that the Green Homes Grant scheme can be the start of long-term plan for high quality green refurbishment of UK homes

The recent announcement by the government of the Green Homes Grant Scheme is a welcome boost to manufacturers whose products are included, given the current economic uncertainty.BEAMA hopes that this approach can now be used as a basis for a longer-... 
6 August 2020

HMG Paints have island of Jersey covered with new distributor - Decorare Jersey

Newly launched Painting & Decorating Merchant, Decorare Jersey are supplying painters and decorators across the island of Jersey with HMG Paints decorative coatings range. From interior coatings to fence and shed paints, they have it covered.“... 
5 August 2020

Quality assurance at heart of new £2 billion green homes grants

Tradespeople are urged to sign up for TrustMark accreditation as part of the new Green Homes Grant scheme. Builders, plumbers, and other tradespeople across England will need a government-backed seal of approval to provide their services as part of ... 
5 August 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trade fair trio makes face-to-face meetings possible with its protection and hygiene concept

With B2B business, it is particularly important to establish personal contacts and discuss solutions as well as experience products at first hand - this is the only way to achieve business objectives. These aspects are therefore also the ... 
29 July 2020
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