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Homebase powers up its garden range with the introduction of Powerbase

Homebase will be expanding its garden power range with the launch of Powerbase this spring. Designed to make gardening easier, Powerbase is user friendly, catering to all gardeners whether novice or more experienced. With 31 lines, from lawn mowers ... 
26 March 2021

Garden Re-Leaf Day 2021 raises £35,000 with the total still rising!

Turning 10 is not a celebration to be missed and despite the challenges that we currently face there is no question that Garden Re-Leaf’s 10th anniversary was celebrated in style. Here we look back on some of the amazing FUNdraising events which ... 
26 March 2021

John Lewis Partnership plans not to reopen eight John Lewis shops from lockdown as it rebalances store estate

The John Lewis Partnership has today announced that it is not planning to reopen eight of its 42 John Lewis shops from lockdown, as it rebalances its store estate to reflect how customers want to shop.The Partnership also confirmed plans to transfer ... 
24 March 2021

Travis Perkins launches app for customers to shop and manage accounts on the go

Travis Perkins, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of building materials to the building and construction industry, has launched an industry first mobile app for customers. This can be downloaded from any Google Play or Apple App store and will ... 
23 March 2021

Kingfisher announces final results for year ending 31 January 2021

Kingfisher, the international home improvement company, has announced its final results for the year ended 31 January 2021.The Group results include a 6.8% in sales in constant currency, driven by strong trading from Q2 and reduced disruption. E-... 
22 March 2021

Groundwork starts on £6bn North London regen scheme

Construction of roads, bridges, cycle lanes, water, gas and communications to service the 10,000 homes set to be built at Meridian Water in Edmonton will start later this month. Enfield council has entered a framework agreement with Vinci Taylor ... 
18 March 2021

Is your home secure? Five ways smart devices can add extra protection

With recent research predicting that there will be over 482 million smart homes in the market worldwide1 by 2025, there is no doubt that home automation is certainly on the rise. This is due, at least in part, to the multitude of benefits that home ... 
18 March 2021

Azpects adds Robert Dyas to retail roll

Azpects has announced the signing of a new agreement with high street retailer Robert Dyas to offer Azpects’ products on its website.Azpects is a specialist in developing and manufacturing products for creating and maintaining outdoor hard ... 
17 March 2021

Toolstation launches new catalogue with over 750 new products for trades and DIYer’s

Toolstation, one of Britain’s fastest growing suppliers of tools, accessories and building supplies has launched a new catalogue, offering over 750 new lines across top branded products, available in store and online. From painting and decorating, ... 
17 March 2021

Eighth Global DIY-Summit postponed

Following the continued spread of the Covid-19 outbreak around the world, the high number of infections that persist, as well as the delays seen in the distribution of the vaccines, the event organisers have taken the difficult decision to postpone ... 
16 March 2021

Screwfix planning more than 50 new stores this year, creating around 600 jobs

Screwfix plans to open more than 50 stores this year, creating around 600 new jobs in communities across the UK and the Republic of Ireland (ROI). Of the new stores 40 will be in the UK, creating up to 500 new jobs, with the remaining 10 stores ... 
15 March 2021

Toolstation launches “Tools and More” brand strategy with sharp TV spot

Toolstation, one of Britain’s fastest growing suppliers of tools, accessories and building supplies, launches its new Tools and More brand strategy with a sharp TV spot, which aired for the first time on Saturday, 13 March. The brand strategy, ... 
15 March 2021

Consumer spending fell 13.8 per cent in February as lockdown continued, yet some sectors saw record growth

Data from Barclaycard, which sees nearly half of the nation’s credit and debit card transactions, reveals that spending on essential items grew 5.3 per cent. Boosted by food and drink specialist stores – including butchers, greengrocers, fresh food ... 
12 March 2021

FIS launches new fairness inclusivity and respect toolkit to mark Women in Construction Week

To mark Women in Construction Week and International Women’s Day 2021, FIS has launched a new Fairness, Inclusivity and Respect (FIR) Toolkit - to support members in their focus on fairness, inclusivity and respect in their workforce. The FIS FIR ... 
11 March 2021

Wickes first ever female installation apprentices start new cohort on IWD

With the announcement earlier in the year of Wickes’ new Installation Apprenticeship scheme, we are pleased to announce that two female apprentices have joined the cohort that started yesterday. Fitting that it was March 8th, International Women’s’ ... 
11 March 2021

FIS signs Building a Safer Future Charter

Finishes and Interiors Sector has signed the Building a Safer Future Charter. The Charter is designed to encourage a proactive response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Building a Safer Future Review in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.The Charter was ... 
10 March 2021

Kingfisher announces the signing of a franchise agreement with the Al-Futtaim Group to expand B&Q in the Middle East

Kingfisher plc, the international home improvement retailer, today announces the signing of a franchise agreement with the Al-Futtaim Group to expand B&Q in the Middle East, with a first step being the opening of B&Q franchised stores in ... 
9 March 2021

BHETA to hold Q&A session on international freight issues

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is to hold a question and answer session on the current issues for international freight - including BREXIT implications - currently faced by many home improvement and home enhancement companies.... 
9 March 2021

110 years after International Women’s Day began – gender diversity is still a serious issue in the construction industry

Despite campaigning for gender parity for more than 100 years, the latest research shows that 68% of managers within the construction industry believe their sector still struggles with a lack of gender diversity. The research, which comes from multi-... 
8 March 2021

ToughBuilt reminds customers of new sales and ordering arrangements

ToughBuilt Industries is reminding customers of new arrangements for ordering its technically advanced, intelligently designed products which came into effect on 1st March 2021. After this date, builders’ merchants, retailers and other stockists ... 
8 March 2021

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