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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

Worcester Bosch named Best Domestic Boiler Manufacturer

Worcester Bosch has been announced it has been named as the UK’s Best Domestic Boiler Manufacturer in Build Magazine’s 2020 Home and Garden Awards, following glowing feedback from the publication’s awards research team. 
12 March 2020

New partnership between IKEA and Tmall

IKEA and Tmall, Alibaba’s B2C marketplace has announced the grand opening of IKEA’s flagship store on the platform. 
11 March 2020

AkzoNobel has launched its Digital Report 2019

AkzoNobel has launched its digital Report 2019, which highlights the company’s continued progress during another successful year of transformation, innovation and investment in the future. 
11 March 2020

Pre-budget comment from the HTA

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, will deliver the Government’s first budget since the election today (11 March 2020). 
11 March 2020

Dulux Decorator Centre launches charity initiative

Garden therapy sites in Birmingham, outdoor play areas in London and beach huts in Brighton have all been transformed using the power of colour as part of a year-long programme of charity initiatives by Dulux Decorator Centre. 
10 March 2020

The Budget: investment needed for a net zero economy

The Chancellor must be bold, imaginative and use his Budget to lay the foundations for a net-zero carbon economy and action to future-proof new homes and retrofit existing properties, according to the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). 
9 March 2020

Bira's five-point plan to save shops

A five-point plan to Save Our Shops (SOS) has been issued by the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira). 
9 March 2020


The former European Federation of DIY Manufacturers (fediyma) has rebranded as the Home Improvement Manufacturers Association (HIMA), with an expanded range of benefits for members. 
9 March 2020

Squire’s Garden Centres donates 300 trees

Squire’s Garden Centres has donated 300 Silver Birch trees to local parks and green spaces as part of its ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign. 
6 March 2020

New paint collection between Crown Paints, Elle Decoration and Homebase

Homebase has been exclusively selected to be the only home and garden projects retailer in the UK to stock the new paint collection from the world’s leading design magazine, Elle Decoration and Crown Paints 
6 March 2020

Notcutts and Thrive launch wellbeing resource

Reducing stress and anxiety by connecting to the therapeutic power of gardens and nature is the target of a new campaign being launched. 
6 March 2020

National Children's Gardening Week launched

National Children’s Gardening Week (NCGW) promotes gardening to the general public and encourages garden centres across the UK to hold events throughout the week of 23-31 May 2020. 
5 March 2020

Dobbies partners with SmartPlant

Dobbies has partnered with specialist plant care app, SmartPlant. 
5 March 2020

Bira calls for Coronavirus business fund

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is calling for the Treasury to set up an emergency business fund to help those affected by coronavirus. 
5 March 2020

Creating a Ripple at Elliotts Builders Merchants

Retail interior and display specialist Ripple has transformed Elliotts builders’ merchants’ Ringwood branch in Hampshire 
4 March 2020

Homebase announces partnership with Dwell

Homebase has announced it has signed a new partnership with lifestyle brand, Dwell. 
4 March 2020

HTA launches E-learning app

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is very excited for the launch of its E-learning app this spring – The HUB. 
4 March 2020

Greenfingers product displays to drive Garden Re-Leaf day

With Garden Re-Leaf Day on the horizon (13th March 2020) now is the perfect time for garden retailers to think about how they’ll be supporting the annual fundraising event. 
3 March 2020

Positive trading results in 2019 for Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins Group produced a positive performance in 2019 against a challenging market backdrop 
3 March 2020

What do you think?

As we near the end of another summer season, which product category do you expect to be the biggest seller as we head towards to autumn and winter?

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