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£75m brownfield land release scheme goes live

Tricky development sites are to get access to funding for site preparation and infrastructure with the launch of the £75m brownfield land release scheme today. The money includes £25m allocated to fund self and custom build projects which can be on ... 
20 April 2021

Derbyshire insulation manufacturer lands £250,000 funding package

One of the UK’s leading building insulation manufacturers, YBS Insulation (“YBS”), has received a £250,000 loan to progress its growth plans. YBS secured the finance from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (“MEIF”) East & South East Midlands ... 
19 April 2021

Flooring industry counts down to catch up, at CFJLIVE

The flooring industry is preparing for CFJLIVE - its first official event in over a year - which takes place on Thursday 1 July. The free-to-attend global exhibition is the UK industry’s first ever virtual event, bringing together over 100 global ... 
19 April 2021

Industry reaction as Rightmove claims prices hit record high & properties sell at fastest pace ever recorded

Managing Director of Barrows and Forrester, James Forrester, commented: “A record-breaking month on many fronts with asking prices increasing at an incredible rate, as a heightened level of demand pushes property values ever higher. This price ... 
19 April 2021

New Travis Perkins branch opens in Martlesham Heath creating 16 new local jobs

Travis Perkins, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of building materials to the building and construction industry, opens its newest branch on Monday, 19 April 2021 at Hilton Road, Martlesham Heath, creating 16 new jobs in the local area.The brand ... 
16 April 2021

Urgent calls for changes in how we define fresh air

As the UK emerges from lockdown, a leading ventilation specialist is accelerating calls for a clearer definition of ‘fresh air’, in order to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) in our public buildings. With the closing down of many public spaces as a ... 
15 April 2021

Bird-loving brits urged to boost biodiversity and save feathered friends

With spring firmly on our doorstep, Homebase, the homes and gardens expert, has revealed there’s a lack of knowledge when it comes to the UK’s bird population, with one in 20 Brits unable to identify any of the most commons birds, from blackbirds to ... 
15 April 2021

Half of homebuyers head to more affluent areas during property market boom

Research by estate agent comparison site,, has revealed just how instrumental the pandemic has been in shaping the property priorities of UK homebuyers. The monotony of months spent at home due to lockdown restrictions has caused many ... 
14 April 2021

Squire’s financial results encouraging despite a challenging year

The Directors of Squire’s Garden Centres are pleased to report that they have just filed their annual accounts at Companies House for the year ending 31 July 2020. The accounting period spanned pre-pandemic, the first lockdown and subsequent high ... 
13 April 2021

Homebase partners with Next to launch garden centres

Homebase is set to bring the best of its gardening products to a selection of Next stores. This is part of a trial across the country between the two well-loved British brands.Six Homebase garden centres will open in Next stores in Shoreham, Ipswich,... 
12 April 2021

Lords Builders Merchants announce the acquisition of Condell Ltd

Lords Builders Merchants has accquired the majority shareholding in Condell Ltd. Condells currently operates from two branches – Sutton (South London), Horsham (West Sussex) and has a strong on-line presence. The company was founded in 2006 by Ruth ... 
9 April 2021

Online tropical plant retailer launches first store for ‘millennial gardeners’  

An online store selling hundreds of exotic houseplants has opened its first retail space in response to a growing trend for indoor gardening across the UK. Grow Tropicals will specialise in exotic and rare tropical plants and indoor gardening ... 
8 April 2021

Warm weather and easing of restrictions drives footfall up, but Easter hit by cold Monday

Footfall across UK retail destinations rose by +8.5% last week from the week before, but was fuelled primarily by the warm weather at the beginning of the week.The increase in activity in high streets and retail parks was of a similar magnitude (+9% ... 
7 April 2021

The future is green - installers must seek confidence in legislation not short term schemes, says Griff Thomas from GTEC

Following the announcement that the Green Homes Grant would close to new applications on 31st March, Griff Thomas from GTEC has urged heating installers look beyond government consumer initiatives and keep faith in renewable technology as the future ... 
6 April 2021

Next Chairman issues statement as end of year results are announced

The Chairman of Next, Michael Roney, has released the following statement as the company publishes its financial results for year ending 31 January 2021… In last year’s Full Year Results, published just as the UK went into lockdown, we stated that ... 
1 April 2021

BHETA to hold briefing webinar for exclusively exhibitors

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is to host a half day briefing session for members planning to exhibit at this year’s live Exclusively Show on August 24 and 25. The briefing webinar takes place at 10 am on May 13 via Zoom. ... 
1 April 2021

Stiebel Eltron launches its most eco-friendly inverter air source heat pump range

Stiebel Eltron has launched its most energy efficient range of inverter air source heat pumps yet, as the manufacturer continues its commitment to the UK’s net zero targets. The WPL-A Premium range, comprising the WPL-A 07 and WPL-A 05 Premium, is ... 
31 March 2021

Wilko launches the UK high-street's first face mask recycling scheme

A sustainable single-use facemask recycling scheme is set to launch in 150 Wilko stores across the country. Customers doing their essential shopping will be able to bring their used disposable masks and safely place them in the collection bins at ... 
30 March 2021

Have you submitted your entry?

If you're an incredible manufacturer or retailer operating in the DIY, home improvement and garden sector and want to get your well-deserved moment in the spotlight - now is the time to put yourself in the running at the DIY Week Awards 2021. The ... 
28 March 2021

Wren Kitchens crowned Kitchen of the Year 2021

A Wren Kitchens design has been crowned Kitchen of the Year 2021 by Britain’s best-selling homes magazine Ideal Home, showcasing the very best in design, materials and craftsmanship.Wren Kitchens’ stunning Infinity Plus Shaker kitchen in Jade and ... 
26 March 2021

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