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High street footfall sees growth in Spring

Figures released by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has shown footfall has increased in March, at 1.4%, compared to the previous year when it fell by 6.0%. On a three-month basis, footfall dropped by 0.3%. The six and twelve–month averages are ... 
15 April 2019

Notcutts celebrates success at annual conference

Family-owned garden centre group, Notcutts Garden Centres, has hosted its annual conference and awards dinner to celebrate the success of colleagues and teams across its 18 garden centres nationwide. Hosted on March 20 in Maldon, Essex, the ... 
15 April 2019

BHETA holds successful event for manufacturers and distributors

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA)’s most recent ‘Meet the Buyer’ day, with Toolstation, took place this month and proved beneficial for the manufacturer and distributor companies who attended. With the Toolstation buying team, ... 
12 April 2019

Easter promotions set to help sales climb at John Lewis

Despite 5.8% drop in total sales for the week, against strong figures last year due to the early Easter, sales picked up at the weekend, as customers took advantage of newly-launch Easter promotions.Home sales were down 3.9% for the week but gifts, ... 
12 April 2019

What the future holds for Dulux Academy, as it turns three

Akzo Nobel’s state-of-the art training facility celebrated its third anniversary last month and DIY Week caught up with Academy lead Vickie Mather to talk about trends in the market and what plans are in the pipeline for the future ... 
12 April 2019

Wincanton secures Homebase contract

Wincanton has won the contract to provide a fully-managed customer order delivery service for Homebase. The deal involves the provision of carrier management, invoice validation and Drop Ship Vendor services, which are part of the logistic firm’s ... 
11 April 2019

Dobbies snaps up 31 Wyevale centres

Dobbies Garden Centres has announced the acquisition of a further 31 centres from Wyevale, following its deal last autumn to take on six sites, including Woodcote Green Garden Centre.The latest purchase increases the Dobbies estate to 69 centres, ... 
10 April 2019

Benjamin Moore opens second UK showroom

Following the success of the North American paint brand’s first showroom in Chelsea, which opened in October 2017, Benjamin Moore has opened a second UK location, with a new, even larger showroom in Wilmslow, Cheshire.Situated in the centre of ... 
10 April 2019

Mike Ashley calls Debenhams administration a “national scandal”

House of Fraser and Sports Direct owner says situation is “tragedy” and was “totally unavoidable”, as Debenhams is placed in the hands of lenders in a pre-pack administration, wiping out his 30% stake in the department store chain.Angered that his ... 
9 April 2019

Debenhams in administration

The department store chain has just announced the appointment of administrators, as it has fallen into the hands of its lenders, after much speculation in the press when it was revealed the business had refused Mike Ashley’s £150million rescue plan.... 
9 April 2019

Stax gears up to welcome the Rawltruck

Stax Trade Centres in Manchester and Birmingham are set to play host to a visit by the RawlTruck roadshow, which recently set off on a major European tour.The roadshow celebrates 100 years of the Rawlplug brand, and it will be bringing a variety of ... 
9 April 2019

Retailers have the edge over online with trade customers

Despite the general increase in online sales, recent research by Van Vault has highlighted that tradespeople still prefer more traditional methods of buying equipment.In-vehicle secure storage supplier Van Vault says its research has unveiled ... 
9 April 2019

Online garden centre sees tree sales surge in recent weeks 

Gardeningexpress.co.uk sees increase in sales of fruit trees and unusual varieties, such as Japanese maples, fuelled by consumers’ desire for a more sustainable lifestyle, as well as something unique in the garden.The business, one of the UK’s ... 
8 April 2019

Horticulture industry representatives crack down on plastic recycling

On March 27, representatives from the horticultural industry visited Viridor’s Plastics Recovery Facility in Rochester, Kent to find out more about the plastics recycling process and the demand for polypropylene for recycling.Attendees included ... 
8 April 2019

Debenhams sees credit rating downgrade, as Mike Ashley urges shareholders to resist refinancing plan

As the wrangle for control at Debenhams by House of Fraser and Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley continues following news that the department store chain has secured funds for its £200million refinancing plan, Moodys downgrades Debenhams credit rating.... 
5 April 2019

Wyevale sells six more garden centres

Wyevale Garden Centres has announced today that two transactions for a total of six centres to garden centre groups Hillier Nurseries Limited and Otter Nurseries Limited.The four centres: Cheddar, Dorking, Marlow, Lechlade will be sold to Hillier ... 
5 April 2019

Evergreen takes to TV screens with new £3.5m ad campaign

Getting ahead for the key spring season and Easter break, the garden care company has launched its latest advertising and multimedia marketing campaign, with four TV commercials designed to communicate the key messages and product benefits of the ... 
5 April 2019

Hillier reveals Chelsea plans

The nursery and garden centre business showcased the design for this year’s famous flower show, with a new garden designer on board, new varieties, and upgraded systems in place to help make sure plants are at their best.Hillier opened its doors to ... 
5 April 2019

Retail job market sees boom in March

Despite uncertainty in the weeks leading up to a supposed Brexit, the retail job market has remained positive, with job vacancies, salaries and applications all seeing a rise last month.The report from UK independent job board, CV-Library, found ... 
4 April 2019

Good weather boosts sales at Topps Tiles

Tile specialist, Topps Tiles Plc, has announced a trading update for the 26 week period ending 30 March 2019.Total revenues for the 26 week period were £108.8 million, compared to last year in 2018 where it was at £109.4 million. Like-for-like ... 
3 April 2019
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