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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

Ideal Shopping Direct to broadcast live on ITV

Multi-channel home shopping retailer, Ideal Shopping Direct, has partnered with ITV to broadcast live shopping hours from Ideal World, on TV channel ITV1 from today.This partnership will allow Ideal Shopping Direct the opportunity to broaden the ... 
1 August 2019

"Continued excellent growth" in Toolstation says Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins plc, parent company of Wickes and Toolstation, has announced its Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2019, and has said there is "good strategic progress underpinned by strong trading performance".Continuing Group revenue ... 
31 July 2019

UK consumers prepare for Christmas early

Brits are said to be stocking up for Christmas earlier this year due to the looming Brexit deadline, as Christmas tree retailer reports boom in business and Selfridges is the first retailer to open its Christmas shop this month, 149 days ahead of ... 
31 July 2019

AITT and FLTA form new alliance

Leading forklift truck organisations join forces to provide industry-wide support for organisations, including retailers, wholesalers and suppliers, who own and operate such equipmentThe Association of Industrial Truck Trainers (AITT) and the Fork ... 
31 July 2019

Wickes to officially de-merge from Travis Perkins

At the capital markets event in December 2018, the Group announced the intention to strengthen the performance of Wickes and to capitalise on its clear competitive advantages in the DIY, small trade and Kitchen and Bathroom markets. At the same time ... 
31 July 2019

DIY and garden shoppers favour physical outlets over online

Bricks-and-mortar DIY and garden stores could mop up trade from ailing competitors, as shoppers in the category favour physical outlets over online.DIY and gardening shoppers in the UK are most likely to switch to a different retailer’s physical ... 
30 July 2019

Wyevale Garden Centres announces sale of two centres

Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) has announced the sale of two centres in two separate transactions. Springfield Garden Centre is being sold to Longacres Garden Centres and Par Garden Centre to Maidenhead Aquatics, following its purchase of Dummer ... 
30 July 2019

Sir Terry Leahy to headline Cultivating Retail conference

British businessman and former Tesco boss, Sir Terry Leahy will top the programme at the Cultivating Retail conference this autumnThe former Tesco plc chief executive, who has an active interest in the garden industry as a shareholder of Dobbies, ... 
29 July 2019

Wales & West GCA regional winners revealed

Staff at garden centres across the Wales & West region are celebrating after scooping awards during a presentation evening at Castle Gardens last week (Tuesday, July 23, 2019).Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre was awarded Garden Centre of the ... 
29 July 2019

Mica and BIRA announce proposed merger

Mica, the UK’s co-operative group of independent hardware, DIY and garden retailers has today announced a proposed merged with the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA), the UK’s largest independent trade retailer association.The proposal ... 
26 July 2019

Wilko to open new store in Acton

Britain's value home and garden retailer, wilko, will open the doors to its new store at The Oaks Shopping Centre, Acton on Wednesday 7 August at 9am. To mark the special occasion, Joe Swan a representative from the Alzheimer’s Society will lead a ... 
26 July 2019

Rainy Day Trust reports busiest month ever

As Brexit uncertainty continues to bite and retailers cut costs, industry charity the Rainy Day Trust (RDT) says it has seen a huge uptake in enquiries from people seeking support this month, with more applications from the DIY sector than ever ... 
26 July 2019

Westland picks its 2019 Rising Stars

Each year Westland and the Garden Centre Association (GCA) search for the most up-and-coming employees at garden centres who show great potential and would benefit from the opportunity to further their skills and experiences as part of the Rising ... 
26 July 2019

Homebase tops best single day of trading, as UK heatwave peaks

As Britain continues to sizzle in soaring temperatures, major retailers report a surge in sales of cooling products and outdoor lines, with Homebase raking in £690,000 yesterday alone.The impressive figure, beat Homebase’s best single day last year, ... 
25 July 2019

Mid-Sussex Timber celebrates 90th year in business

Mid-Sussex Timber (MST) saw in a milestone this year, as it proudly celebrated its 90th year in business. Since 1929, MST has been supplying directly imported Timber to the Building Trade & Retail markets and is now has said it is one of the ... 
25 July 2019

Disappointing quarter for independent retailers

The latest sales figures reported by members of the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) show an average fall in sales of -2.94% compared to the same three months in 2018.Scotland saw the sharpest fall in the UK during April to June ... 
24 July 2019
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