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HTA announces payment holiday

Recognising the difficult period for garden industry businesses through this unprecedented time the HTA has announced a three-month subscription payment holiday for all members. 
30 March 2020

LifestyleGarden supports retailers during lockdown

LifestyleGarden has taken steps to ensure that extensive stock of its product portfolio is readily available to its customers including those set-up with transactional webstores,in a bid to meet consumer demand during the nationwide lockdown. 
30 March 2020

Gima awards cancelled

The 40th Annual GIMA Awards have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis. 
30 March 2020

Burg-Wächter offers community support during Covid-19 crisis

Burg-Wächter has today announced it is amending its unique outreach scheme that offers support to community causes. 
27 March 2020

Evergreen Garden Care launches Coronavirus statement

Evergreen Garden Care, the leading garden care company outside North America, has released a company statement regarding the current Covid-19 crisis. 
27 March 2020

Concern over government rescue package for self-employed workers

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has welcomed tonight's rescue plan for the self-employed. but has raised concerns that many of its members still won't benefit. 
27 March 2020

Flymo inspires children to get gardening

Over 180,000 families have tuned in this week to Flymo’s daily Facebook Live videos with gardening TV presenter and podcaster Lee Connelly, aka Skinny Jean Gardener. 
27 March 2020

Supporting the Rainy Day Trust during the Covid-19 crisis

Bryan Clover, Rainy Day Trust chief executive officer, has issued a plea to industry members to help support the charitable organisation. 
26 March 2020

National Home Improvement month postponed

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has postponed its annual DIY and garden industry consumer promotion, National Home Improvement Month, until later in the year in the light of the Covid-19 crisis. 
26 March 2020

HTA Plant Show cancelled

The HTA National Plant Show has been cancelled. 
26 March 2020

Tramontina wins best display stand at Spring Trade Show

At Home Hardware’s Spring Trade Show on Tuesday 10 at Westpoint Arena, Exeter, Tramontina won Best Display Stand. 
25 March 2020

AkzoNobel launches ultimate rust-busting metal paint

A new wave of water-based paint is being launched by AkzoNobel for the metal protection market. 
25 March 2020

Measure to protect customers from John Lewis

Waitrose has today backed the Government’s plea for social distancing by announcing a set of strong, new measures to help its customers shop safely and to protect its Partners 
25 March 2020

Latest Christmas decoration trends revealed by Premier Decorations

Rose gold and pink have seen the biggest rise in sales of Christmas trend colours over the past few seasons, and there seems to be no sign of it stopping – they are selling well again this year, and it certainly seems that once again that we have ... 
25 March 2020

Lockdown closes builder's merchants

A number of builder's merchants have closed their doors, following the Prime Minister's lockdown due to the Covid-19 virus. 
24 March 2020

Travis Perkins close stores in response to Covid-19

Nick Roberts, CEO Travis Perkins, has issues a statement regarding the Covid-19 crisis. 
24 March 2020

Support needed for independents says Bira

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is calling for immediate access to financial support for the small business owners effected by the Government-imposed lockdown of the country. 
24 March 2020

John Lewis shops to close temporarily

The John Lewis Partnership has taken the decision to temporarily close all of its 50 John Lewis shops at close of business on Monday 23 March as a result of the impact of coronavirus. 
23 March 2020

Garden centres see spike in online sales due to Covid-19

Garden centres are using upgraded website software that recommends not only plants to gardeners but also care products as sales of gardening goods soar in the wake of Covid-19. 
23 March 2020

John Lewis announces measures to support customers and the vulnerable

The John Lewis Partnership, which includes Waitrose, has today announced new measures to help its shops meet the needs of customers with a particular focus on the elderly and the vulnerable. 
20 March 2020

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