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Grafton Group plc announce agreement to acquire IKH in Finland

Grafton Group plc ("Grafton or the Group"), the building materials distributor and DIY retailer with operations in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Mr. Ilkka Alakortes and his family to ... 
22 June 2021

Four more DIY and housewares brands join BHETA

Olympic Fixing Products and The Dove Factor are the latest names in DIY to join the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA).Olympic Fixing Products started in 1989 and now supplies a wide range of building and DIY products and specialises ... 
22 June 2021

Surge in sales for bathroom products

Toolstation has seen a surge in demand over the past months for bathroom products and research reveals that one-in-ten have had bathroom makeovers.They’ve reported huge rises in the sales of digital showers (up by 182%), shower doors (up by 181%) ... 
21 June 2021

A. Perry secures hardware when the industry needs it most

A. Perry, the West Midlands based supplier of hinges and hardware, has now strengthened its supply chain with significant investment in a purpose-built manufacturing facility base in India. The firm, which has been manufacturing since 1925, now ... 
21 June 2021

Ronseal teams up with Channel 4 to celebrate the Men’s Shed Association and the power of DIY in an emotional documentary

Ronseal is celebrating the work of the Men’s Shed Association in a powerful new film launching this week. The Shed has been produced by Rumpus Media, for Channel 4 and will be shown across their social channels from 14th June. Launched to mark Men’s ... 
18 June 2021

Kingfisher announces new planet and community responsible business commitments

Kingfisher plc, the international home improvement retailer which includes B&Q and Screwfix, has today announced key milestones and new responsible business commitments. These are designed to help customers create greener, healthier homes, to ... 
15 June 2021

What More UK: Shortlisted for two categories in the Made in the North West Awards

What More is the UK housewares market and brand leader. The progressive manufacturing company has been shortlisted for two separate categories, the Export Award, and the coveted Manufacturer of the Year (over £25 million category). The Manufacturer ... 
14 June 2021

Webinar looks to protect children's health from air pollution

Head of Sustainability for Mitsubishi Electric, Martin Fahey is joining a special webinar at 4pm on Clean Air Day 2021 (17th June) to focus on what companies should be doing to reduce their own impact on the environment. “Like all companies we are ... 
11 June 2021

On a mission to help the nation to feel house proud - Wickes debuts first TV bathroom ad in a decade

Wickes has launching a new TV campaign, to showcase its expanding bathroom range. The advert is the home improvement retailer’s first bathroom focused TV ad in ten years and forms part of the ongoing tongue-in-cheek ‘Housebarrassment’ campaign, ... 
11 June 2021

Kingfisher plc announces new 2025 carbon reduction targets, now approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)

Kingfisher plc (‘Company’, ‘Group’ or ‘Kingfisher’), the international home improvement retailer whose businesses include B&Q and Screwfix, today announces ambitious new carbon reduction targets consistent with reductions required to keep global ... 
10 June 2021

Gardening is officially cool say young people 

Think the typical gardening enthusiast is retirement age with a large outside space? Think again. Draper Tools has surveyed the nation’s young people to get their views on gardening and it’s clear gardening is enjoying a renaissance among 18 – 34 ... 
9 June 2021

8th Global DIY-Summit postponed

From Global DIY-Summit:Following the current delays that we are seeing in the global vaccination effort, the high number of infections that persist globally, as well as the growing concerns of virus mutations, we have taken the difficult decision to ... 
8 June 2021

Houzz Collaborates with Dulux Trade to Enhance Houzz Pro Visualisation Tools

Houzz Pro 3D Floor Planner and Mood Board Tools Bring Projects to Life for ClientsHouzz Inc., the leading platform for home renovation and design, today announced a collaboration with Dulux Trade to embed its unparalleled colour portfolio in new ... 
8 June 2021

Wickes Group plc - trading update: Strong sales volumes drive trading ahead of expectations

Wickes Group plc today provides an update on year to date trading performance and profit guidance.Group Sales have continued to perform strongly, with total like for like growth in the 21 weeks to 22nd May 45.7% ahead year on year, 23.1% on a two ... 
7 June 2021

Midlands-based flooring firm rated 'One to Watch' by organisation that rates the best companies to work for in the UK

One of the UK’s leading online flooring retailers has been earmarked as ‘One to Watch’ by an organisation that measures the best employers in the country. UK Flooring Direct employs more than 200 people at its headquarters in Hinckley, ... 
4 June 2021

Rainy Day Trust offers support to colleagues facing debt crisis

Industry charity Rainy Day Trust is finding yet another way of putting meaning into its strapline ‘If you need us, we are here. If you don’t, we need you!’. The end of May saw the ban on evictions being lifted, meaning that renters could be forced ... 
4 June 2021

Home improvement trend drives growth at family-run haulage firm

A rise in home renovations and house moves has seen the UK’s leading haulier of construction materials, boosting turnover and creating jobs, with support from Lloyds Bank. Bimson Haulage said it experienced a significant increase in demand for its ... 
4 June 2021

Flooring industry counts down to catch up, at CFJLIVE

The flooring industry is preparing for CFJLIVE - its first official event in over a year - which takes place on Thursday 1 July.The free-to-attend global exhibition is the UK industry’s first ever virtual event, bringing together over 100 global ... 
2 June 2021

Kingfisher signs new £550m revolving credit facility linked to Responsible Business targets

Kingfisher plc (‘Company’, ‘Group’ or ‘Kingfisher’), the international home improvement retailer whose businesses include B&Q and Screwfix, announces today that it has entered into a £550m three-year revolving credit facility agreement with a ... 
2 June 2021

Sailing hotspot house prices for boat owning homebuyers

With summer fast approaching it’s not just the draw of the beach that makes the UK coastline an attractive proposition, with an estimated 950,000 of us taking to the waves in either a yacht or motorboat. As hobbies go, it’s not the most affordable ... 
2 June 2021
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