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Vegtrug secures new UK headquarters

The garden planter manufacturer has announced the recent acquisition of an additional 26,000sq ft warehouse and offices in Colchester, Essex to serve as its UK headquarters. The previous Vegtrug HQ - also in Essex - will be utilised as an online ... 
29 August 2019

Steady growth in the domestic furniture market

AMA Research’s latest ‘Kitchen Furniture Market Report’ reveals that the total UK domestic furniture market has shown steady growth over the past five years, although this upturn has slowed as Brexit uncertainty weighs on consumer confidence.However,... 
28 August 2019

Research reveals nation’s biggest DIY bugbears when viewing a property

Brits who had viewed several properties over the past year listed cracks or marks on walls, ceilings or floors as their biggest turn-off, followed by bathroom fixtures not working properly and worn-out kitchen cabinets.Urging homeowners to tackle ... 
28 August 2019

Garden centres see growth in plant sales in July

The strong year for garden centre sales across the country continued in July, with year to date comparisons up on last year for all of the product categories reported. Despite the more unsettled weather this July, garden centre sales continued to ... 
27 August 2019

Al-Murad snaps up British Ceramic Tiles

Hilco Streambank has announced the completion of the sale of the intellectual property assets of British Ceramic Tile Limited, which fell into administration in January, to Al-Murad, Britain's largest independent tile and natural stone distributor ... 
27 August 2019

Tile Mountain introduces national living wage for employees

Following a “strong financial performance”, the Stoke on Trent-based tile retailer has announced it will pay all of its employees the minimum living wage from September 1. Explaining the decision to increase its workers’ pay, the company said it ... 
27 August 2019

Travis Perkins wins gold Ministry of Defence award

UK building material supplier, Travis Perkins plc, has been recognised for its work supporting the Armed Forces with a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold award following the recruitment of over 600 service leavers across the Group since ... 
23 August 2019

John Lewis weekly sales drop by 2.8%

The John Lewis department store saw its sales decline by 2.8% last week compared to the corresponding week last year.Home sales were also down, falling by 5.9% . However, the retailer’s House by John Lewis range was popular as students bought items ... 
22 August 2019

H&M HOME to open second store in Birmingham

Swedish brand H&M HOME is to open a concept store in Birmingham, specifically selling homeware. The first standalone home store launched in London's Westfield in April 2019. Now, the brand has said it was a success and have plans to open a ... 
21 August 2019

Brits to make huge renovations to homes this bank holiday weekend

New research from E.ON has revealed that a quarter (26%) of Brits will renovate or make repairs to their home this August Bank Holiday, and almost two in three (60%) would make their home projects more sustainable if they knew how to.Twice (40%) the ... 
21 August 2019

New associate members as BHETA adds to service provision

BHETA has announced it has welcomed three new associate members to its roster of approved supplier companies.i-Corporate Risk Consultants Ltd (i-CRC) is an investigation company dealing in all aspects of corporate security and risk management ... 
20 August 2019

Wyevale sells Bournville Garden Centre to BGC

Wyevale Garden Centres has today announced the sale of Bournville Garden Centre, which will be sold to British Garden Centres. This is the fourth transaction with British Garden Centres following the sale of one centre in December 2018, six centres ... 
20 August 2019

Scott Parnell opens new depot in Leeds

Civil drainage supplies specialist, Scott Parnell has announced the opening of its new depot in Leeds, located at Intermezzo Drive, off Pontefract Road, Stourton.This will be the fifth branch for the company, which launched from its Witham Head ... 
20 August 2019

Patlock secures deals with key stockists

Patlock – the fitted French door lock – has secured new listings with two prominent national retailers following its appearance on Dragons’ Den.In a major coup for Rectella International, whose Bar-Be-Quick brand holds the retail distributorship for ... 
19 August 2019

Tong opens new £2m play area at the centre

The new indoor play area at Tong Garden Centre has created 39 new jobs for local people.Grass Hoppers indoor play has recruited 26 permanent and 13 seasonal team members to work in the state of the art 15,000 square feet indoor play area and the new ... 
19 August 2019

Poundland owner in talks over £3.6bn sale or float

Poundland owner Pepkor Europe is reported to be considering a sale or flotation in September, as it looks to separate itself from parent company Steinhoff.According to the Times, Pepkor will look at a €4 billion (£3.66 billion) sale next month, ... 
16 August 2019

GCA supports members to reduce plastic waste

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has announced it is encouraging its members to do what they can to help reduce the amount of plastic going to landfill. Two of its member centres recently worked with Herefordshire and Worcestershire authorities ... 
16 August 2019

Homebase could explore small format stores in high streets

CEO Damian McGloughlin says 'nothing is off the table', from testing small-format outlets, to opening new stores in cities where existing Homebase branches have closed, as he hones his vision for Homebase and Bathstore.Speaking exclusively to DIY ... 
15 August 2019

Homebase secures three new concession partners

Homebase has today announced deals have been signed with furniture and flooring specialist, AHF Furniture and Carpets, Denby, the Derbyshire based manufacturer of high-quality ceramics and homeware, and luxury bedding and bathroom brand Bedeck, to ... 
14 August 2019

Wyevale closes one centre, as Hillier snaps up another

Family-run business, Hillier Nurseries Ltd has secured the purchase of John Browns Garden Centre just months after buying four Wyevale centres in a separate deal. Meanwhile, Wyevale has also announced the closure of another of its sites: Thatcham ... 
14 August 2019
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