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Sipcam Home & Garden becomes the exclusive distributor of Blumen International’s product portfolio in the UK and Ireland

Sipcam Home & Garden, the company behind the innovative ecofective® and RHS Garden Care ranges, has signed a deal with Blumen International Ltd that will see Sipcam appointed as the exclusive distributor of Blumen’s product portfolio across the ... 
16 July 2020

Covid-19 and Lockdown to cause a 20% decline for the worktops market

At the beginning of 2020, prospects for the worktops market were relatively positive with growth anticipated over the next 4-5 years, driven by a secure and growing house building sector. However, the arrival of the Covid-19 epidemic in early 2020 ... 
15 July 2020

HTA launches ‘Keep Britain Growing’ Campaign

There is no doubt that coronavirus has had a devastating impact on British ornamental horticulture. However, lockdown has created an unexpected upside for the industry – which is that many more people have been encouraged into their gardens, ... 
14 July 2020

Eliza Tinsley relaunch, newly acquired, Reedy Pro and Greenman Garden Tools into the market place

Eliza Tinsley, whose history in manufacturing and selling high quality fencing and hardware products dates back more than 165 years acquired Reedy Supplies Ltd in February 2020, a third-generation family business and well established name within the ... 
13 July 2020

AkzoNobel delivers robust profitability during Q2, despite COVID-19 headwinds

Akzo Nobel N.V. (AKZA; AKZOY) today provides a further update on recent business performance and announces preliminary financial results for the second quarter of 2020:Revenue 19% lower at €1,987 million (2019: €2,451 million)Adjusted operating ... 
13 July 2020

Carl Kammerling’s commitment to supporting retailers proves a big hit

CKI’s commitment to supporting retailers continues with the further extension of its fantastic Free UK carriage offer, which has proved a big hit with retailers looking to revive their business and drive sales during these challenging times. This ... 
10 July 2020

Deck Supermarket opens its doors in Skegness

Leading decking supplier, Deck Supermarket opened the doors of their first high street store on Saturday 4thJuly. They will be supplying to the local parks and Skegness community - allowing customers to get their garden, caravan, and holiday homes ... 
10 July 2020

Study reveals the most searched for DIY terms and lockdown impacting inflation

There has been a consumer price inflation decline of 2.1% for tools and equipment for house and garden, whereas rising prices for gardens, plants and flowers resulted in an increase in consumer price inflation. Brits are turning to Google for not ... 
9 July 2020

BHETA publishes latest quarterly economic report on home enhancement industry

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has published its second quarterly economic report, which includes the impact of lockdown through to May 2020. This comprehensive document runs to almost fifty pages and pulls together multiple ... 
8 July 2020

spoga+gafa trade show postponed until 2021

The next spoga+gafa trade show will now be held from 30 May to 1 June 2021. At the request of the industry, Koelnmesse is permanently moving the date for spoga+gafa to the first half of the year. In future, this means that the largest garden ... 
8 July 2020

Dulux Decorator Centre helping get the trade back on its feet

Dulux Decorator Centre is helping the nation’s decorators build their businesses back up with a new job-finding service, alongside free Checkatrade membership*. The measures are part of their Backing Our Decorators initiative which has been ... 
7 July 2020

Mark Alexander, Managing Director of Benchmark Retail Services Ltd, receives and ‘Oarsome’ Award

The Coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on all areas of life but the experience of lockdown has been different for everyone. To the benefit of the sector, many turned to DIY to fill the extra time at home but with stores closed for all but ... 
6 July 2020


The Small Electrical Appliance Marketing Association (SEAMA) has become part of the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA). Its 14 members - G25Ltd, Meyer, Igenix (Pik-a-Pak), RKW, MPL Home, Vita-Mix, Ultimate Products, HoMedics, ... 
2 July 2020

Furniture and bbq sales sore

Furniture and barbecues were the biggest sellers when garden centres re-opened in May (2020) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade report. 
30 June 2020

Surge in landscaping product sales across Britain

Data from builders’ merchants across the UK points to a surge in landscaping products, as homeowners opted to give their gardens a make-over during the Covid-19 restrictions.


30 June 2020

Promising year ahead for home interiors industry

New research has revealed millions of consumers are spending more money than usual on their homes as a result of lockdown, with 75 per cent of Brits planning further improvements over the next year, including decorating, kitchens, bathrooms and extensions.


29 June 2020

National Home Improvement Month set for September

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has confirmed that its National Home Improvement Month 2020 consumer promotion will go ahead in September 
29 June 2020

BMJ Industry Awards relaunches as online live stream for 2020

Set your Microsoft Outlook calendars for Friday 17th July because the BMJ Industry Awards 2020 is going ahead as a pre-recorded live-stream event. 
26 June 2020 records busiest week ever

Now that lockdown restrictions have started to ease, homeowners are seizing the opportunity to look for a tradesperson to tackle various jobs in and outside the home. 
26 June 2020

Quartermaine Distribution acquires household product supplier

Cheshire based company Quartermaine Distribution has completed the acquisition of Scott Brothers Ltd, saving six jobs.


25 June 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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