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RAK Ceramics scores Premier League status with high profile sponsorship deal

Football fans tuning into watch their teams battle it out in the world’s top leagues this spring are being met with a familiar kbb name on pitch-side advertising hoardings, as RAK Ceramics embarks on a high-profile brand visibility campaign. The RAK ... 
8 March 2021

Action required to prevent legionella issues as water quality deteriorates

As England gradually comes out of national lockdown, Tom O'Sullivan, Head of Operations at Guardian Water Treatment urges facilities managers and building maintenance teams to prioritise legionella prevention and water system maintenance to stop the ... 
8 March 2021

Average FTB mortgage deposit now just £10,536

In last week’s Budget, the government announced a guarantee to lenders offering mortgages to homebuyers with just a 5% deposit requirement up to the sum of £600,000. Research by lettings and estate agent, Barrows and Forrester, has looked at what ... 
8 March 2021

More events confirmed for Garden Re-Leaf day 2021

With Garden Re-Leaf Day approaching ever quicker, teams and businesses from across the garden retail sector and beyond are busy making plans for the forthcoming Garden Re-Leaf Day on March 19th. With the event turning 10 this year teams are going ... 
8 March 2021

Hultafors Group completes the acquisition of Fristads, Kansas and Leijona Workwear

The Hultafors Group has completed the acquisition of the Fristads, Kansas and Leijona protective wear brands following approval by the relevant competition authorities. Peter Dumigan, managing director of the Hultafors Group UK, says: "All three ... 
8 March 2021

Leading bathroom retailer lands double award!

In a year full of unique challenges for business across the UK, leading bathroom retailer Plumbworld is helping stem the tide of retail woe and is continuing to go from strength to strength. As well as enjoying significant growth during 2020, the ... 
8 March 2021

Pandemic inspires and helps to finance renovations

Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design, has released findings from a recent survey* of its community of homeowners to find out how the coronavirus pandemic impacted their home improvement projects. The survey of more than 3,700 ... 
5 March 2021

Scottish businesses and key personalities unite in call for garden centres to be re-opened

Representatives from Scotland’s horticulture sector have joined together to call for garden centres to be reopened before the end of March. 18 high profile organisations, businesses and individuals have put their signatures to an open letter to the ... 
5 March 2021

Engaging three million new gardeners and being kind to our planet: key themes at the 2021 Virtual Garden Press Event

One of the biggest trade events in the gardening calendar, The Garden Press Event, has taken place virtually for the first time in its 16-year history. For some members of the sector, The Garden Press Event in 2020 may have been the last time they ... 
4 March 2021

Apprenticeships and housing support welcome, but lack of green homes plan harms recovery, says FMB 

The Chancellor presents a mixed picture for Britain’s builders, with the glaring omission of a long-term plan to make our homes greener, but welcome extensions to coronavirus recovery support, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in response ... 
3 March 2021

AkzoNobel completes acquisition of Titan Paints in Spain

AkzoNobel has completed the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Industrias Titan S.A.U. (Titan Paints), strengthening its paints business and footprint in Spain to become one of the market references in the region. The transaction includes three ... 
3 March 2021

Dave Elliott of Homebase to speak at BHETA webinar

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is to hold another of its popular webinars, this time featuring Dave Elliott, Homebase Commercial and Marketing Director. The event takes place on 17th March at 11am and follows on from a ... 
1 March 2021

The future of retail in a post-Covid world - Scala and Building Retail release new white paper

With half of UK homeowners expected to spend over £6,500 on their surroundings this year, what opportunities lie ahead for DIY and home improvement brands? Scala’s latest white paper, Building Retail, explores how DIY retailers have been making the ... 
26 February 2021

Henry Bell secures exclusive contract with Blue Diamond Group

Leading quality pet, wild bird food and accessories manufacturer, Henry Bell Wild Bird Care (, announces it has acquired an exclusive contract with one of the largest garden centre retail groups in the UK and Channel Islands, ... 
26 February 2021

David Austin reopens its UK wholesale trade with the announcement of its partnership programme

After a challenging year, David Austin has slowly started to re-open parts of its business closed due to the impact of Coronavirus. Spring 2020 saw the closure of Garden Centres across the UK and the subsequent closure of David Austin’s wholesale ... 
26 February 2021

Attic Self Storage launches a UK first 

Attic Self Storage has announced that it will be expanding its footprint by launching a brand new concept facility in London, following the success of its King’s Cross, Bow and Marylebone sites. The new site in Harrow will be a UK first, that will ... 
26 February 2021

Wickes extends CitySprint partnership with new three-year contract

Home improvement retail giant Wickes, has announced that it has signed a new three year, multi-million Pound contract with CitySprint – one of the UK’s leading same day distribution company.CitySprint started working with Wickes in 2016, supporting ... 
24 February 2021

BHETA steering committee on plastic tax secures HMRC meeting

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has formed a steering committee of the leading UK plastic manufacturers in the home enhancement and home improvement industry with the objective of ensuring that the industry is represented ... 
22 February 2021

Voice-controlled appliances and hands-free cooking: The future look of our kitchens revealed

New research shows that over the past year, 24% have worked in their kitchen at some point and after spending the majority of time at home, a fifth of homeowners now plan to update their kitchen this year. With this in mind, German kitchen ... 
19 February 2021

Dulux Heritage launches a blend of modern style and substance for decorators 

Dulux is introducing two new premium paints and a curated range of classic colours, supporting professionals to meet more high-end demands from UK homeowners.Dulux Heritage is a new range of professional quality paints that deliver a beautiful ‘... 
19 February 2021

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