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Travis Perkins provides Covid-19 update

The Group's trading performance in 2020 has been in line with expectations, with solid trading in the Merchanting businesses and a strong start in Toolstation and Wickes. 
20 March 2020

Grand Designs Live rescheduled

In light of expected new guidelines surrounding COVID 19, Grand Design Live, which was due to take place from 2- 10 May 2020 in London, has now been rescheduled to take place from 22-31 August 2020 at London’s ExCeL. 
19 March 2020

Bira welcomes abolition of business rates in Scotland

The Scottish Government's move to temporarily abolish business rates in a bid to minimise the impact of coronavirus has been welcomed by the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira). 
19 March 2020

Next announces results for year ending January 2020

Next Plc has announced its results for its year ending January 2020. Next brand full price sales were up 4.0% and brand total sales (including markdown sales) were up 3.5% on last year. 
19 March 2020

Bira moves to support small businesses in Wales

The Welsh Government's plan to temporarily reduce - or abolish - rates for some small businesses has been welcomed by The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira). 
18 March 2020

Homelux joins the campaign for National Home Improvement

Homelux is supporting National Home Improvement Month 2020, encouraging UK homeowners to think about how they can make one change as part of their DIY plans this April. The campaign also aims to give retailers and manufacturers the chance to ... 
18 March 2020

Rainy Day Trust update on Covid-19

The Rainy Day Trust has released a statement on the recent flooding and Covid-19 pandemic. 
18 March 2020

Dulux Decorators Centre wins gold accreditation

One of the UK’s leading paint retailers has retained a prestigious 'We invest in people' Gold accreditation from Investors in People. 
18 March 2020

BHETA meets the Met

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) responsible knife retailing steering group has met with the Metropolitan Police Business Care Hub. 
17 March 2020

Bira in favour measures to limit impact of coronavirus on Scottish businesses

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is backing new measures by the Scottish government to help limit the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses. 
17 March 2020

DIY SOS BBC Children in Need special comes to Nottingham

DIY SOS, BBC One’s popular property renovation show, will head to Nottingham later this year to take on a one of a kind build that will benefit a local charity, Community Recording Studio (CRS). 
17 March 2020

Worcester Bosch's comment on the Budget

Boiler manufacturer Worcester Bosch has responded to last week's Budget. 
16 March 2020

Kingfisher provides an update on COVID-19 pandemic

Kingfisher has provided an update on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its business, along with the measures it is taking to actively manage the risks to its customers, colleagues and operations. 
16 March 2020

Survey suggests DIYers prefer going it alone

An independent survey carried out by online furniture retailer Furniture Choice has revealed the real preferences of the UK when it comes to carrying out DIY in the home, and it seems the secret to success is to leave your partner out of it. 
16 March 2020

A guide to construction safety for home builders

By Chris Pendrey, SHEQ Manager at Actavo Direct 
15 March 2020

Screwfix enlists Dedicated Customers for latest campaign

Following the ‘Legends of the Game’ campaign last year, Screwfix have called on its dedicated customers to bring to life their latest TV campaign. 
13 March 2020

The Retail Mutual offers support to independent businesses due to Coronavirus

In the latest Budget on 11 March, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, warned that up to 20% of the UK’s workforce could be off at any one time due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) 
13 March 2020

National building show postponed over Coronavirus fears

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show is postponed due to concerns about Coronavirus. 
13 March 2020

HTA comments on Budget

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak delivered the Government’s first budget since the election. As expected many of the announcements focused on providing support to the economy in dealing with coronavirus. 
12 March 2020

Bira responds to Budget

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has welcomed the Chancellor's emergency package to help small retail businesses amid the coronavirus crisis.
 
12 March 2020
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