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Plant Finder to include ‘houseplants for every room’

A new section dedicated to houseplants has been launched on Joy of Plants’ Plant Finder software. 
17 January 2020

Home Hardware (Scotland) 2019 turnover up 3.22%

Home Hardware Scotland has just released its 2019 figures, showing an increase of 3.22% like-for-like on the previous year. 
17 January 2020

Squire’s Garden Centres has announced the winners of its “Made A Difference” awards

Squire’s Garden Centres has rewarded some of its employees for making a difference to the business. 
16 January 2020

Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) to launch new safety seminar at FIT

The Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) has announced that it will be launching a new safety seminar this year at the 2020 FIT Show at the NEC in May. 
16 January 2020

Satisfactory Christmas trading reports from Theo Paphitis Retail Group

Theo Paphitis Retail Group has announced Financial Year End 2019 Results and provided a Christmas Trading Statement, which it describes as " a Resilient Group performance amid challenging conditions". 
16 January 2020

Positive pre-season orders for Neudorff’s natural gardening range

DLF Seeds, the new distributor for Neudorff, is reporting strong pre-season orders for the German natural gardening product portfolio. 
15 January 2020

HTA opposes business rates change in Scotland

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has opposed the proposed move to scrap the Uniform Business Rate in Scotland. 
14 January 2020

Richard Burbidge relocates to North Wales

Richard Burbidge, the manufacturer and supplier of stair parts, decking accessories and decorative mouldings has relocated its head office to Chirk, North Wales, joining the company’s existing onsite manufacturing and distribution facility.



14 January 2020

New JYSK in Oldham set for Spring 2020

YSK, the Scandinavian-owned multi-billion Euro furniture brand, has announced it will open in Oldham in Spring 2020. 
14 January 2020

Travis Perkins sells wholesale Plumbing & Heating business

Travis Perkins' management team has confirmed the sale of its wholesale plumbing & heating business, Primaflow F&P, to Newbury Investments (UK). 
13 January 2020

International Hardware fair fully booked

The International Hardware Fair 2020 is now fully booked; around 2,800 exhibitors from more than 55 countries are expected. 
13 January 2020

AMES UK report a record pre-season

AMES UK is reporting an uplift on 2018 of over 46% on a like-for-like basis across Kelkay, Woodshaw and La Hacienda. 
10 January 2020

Poor Christmas retail figures blamed on desire to consume less

Christmas High Streets and supermarket sales figures are coming thick and fast and the picture looks bleak for many retailers, while the British Retail Consortium is saying last year was the worst for retail in 25 years. 
10 January 2020

Dormole continues investment in Tools and Fixings Trade

Forgefix owner, Dormole, has continued its policy of investing in independent suppliers to the Tools and Fixings Trade, by taking a majority stake in Harrison & Clough (H&C), the fixings and fasteners wholesaler based in Keighley, UK. 
10 January 2020

Bord na Mona announces name change to The Greener Gardening Company

Bord na Mona has announced that the UK retail arm of the business will change its name to The Greener Gardening Company, effective from 1 February 2020. 
9 January 2020

Strong growth in second quarter for Dunelm

Dunelm Group has reported a strong trading update for the 13-week and 26-week periods ended 28 December 2019. 
9 January 2020

Kate Adie to speak at GCA conference

Former BBC chief news correspondent Kate Adie CBE has been announced as a speaker at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference in Bristol this month (January 26-29). 
9 January 2020

Screwfix unveils new product catalogue

Screwfix has unveiled its 140th product catalogue. 
9 January 2020

John Lewis Partnership Christmas trading were down 1.8%

Gross Christmas sales at the John Lewis Partnership were down 1.8% versus 2018 to £2,167 million. 
9 January 2020

New restaurant opens at Notcutts in Ditchling

Notcutts Garden Pride Garden Centre in Ditchling, East Sussex, has opened a new restaurant with dining for up to 300 people.


8 January 2020

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