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Half of homebuyers head to more affluent areas during property market boom

Research by estate agent comparison site, GetAgent.co.uk, has revealed just how instrumental the pandemic has been in shaping the property priorities of UK homebuyers. The monotony of months spent at home due to lockdown restrictions has caused many ... 
14 April 2021

Squire’s financial results encouraging despite a challenging year

The Directors of Squire’s Garden Centres are pleased to report that they have just filed their annual accounts at Companies House for the year ending 31 July 2020. The accounting period spanned pre-pandemic, the first lockdown and subsequent high ... 
13 April 2021

Homebase partners with Next to launch garden centres

Homebase is set to bring the best of its gardening products to a selection of Next stores. This is part of a trial across the country between the two well-loved British brands.Six Homebase garden centres will open in Next stores in Shoreham, Ipswich,... 
12 April 2021

Lords Builders Merchants announce the acquisition of Condell Ltd

Lords Builders Merchants has accquired the majority shareholding in Condell Ltd. Condells currently operates from two branches – Sutton (South London), Horsham (West Sussex) and has a strong on-line presence. The company was founded in 2006 by Ruth ... 
9 April 2021

Online tropical plant retailer launches first store for ‘millennial gardeners’  

An online store selling hundreds of exotic houseplants has opened its first retail space in response to a growing trend for indoor gardening across the UK. Grow Tropicals will specialise in exotic and rare tropical plants and indoor gardening ... 
8 April 2021

Warm weather and easing of restrictions drives footfall up, but Easter hit by cold Monday

Footfall across UK retail destinations rose by +8.5% last week from the week before, but was fuelled primarily by the warm weather at the beginning of the week.The increase in activity in high streets and retail parks was of a similar magnitude (+9% ... 
7 April 2021

The future is green - installers must seek confidence in legislation not short term schemes, says Griff Thomas from GTEC

Following the announcement that the Green Homes Grant would close to new applications on 31st March, Griff Thomas from GTEC has urged heating installers look beyond government consumer initiatives and keep faith in renewable technology as the future ... 
6 April 2021

Next Chairman issues statement as end of year results are announced

The Chairman of Next, Michael Roney, has released the following statement as the company publishes its financial results for year ending 31 January 2021… In last year’s Full Year Results, published just as the UK went into lockdown, we stated that ... 
1 April 2021

BHETA to hold briefing webinar for exclusively exhibitors

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is to host a half day briefing session for members planning to exhibit at this year’s live Exclusively Show on August 24 and 25. The briefing webinar takes place at 10 am on May 13 via Zoom. ... 
1 April 2021

Stiebel Eltron launches its most eco-friendly inverter air source heat pump range

Stiebel Eltron has launched its most energy efficient range of inverter air source heat pumps yet, as the manufacturer continues its commitment to the UK’s net zero targets. The WPL-A Premium range, comprising the WPL-A 07 and WPL-A 05 Premium, is ... 
31 March 2021

Wilko launches the UK high-street's first face mask recycling scheme

A sustainable single-use facemask recycling scheme is set to launch in 150 Wilko stores across the country. Customers doing their essential shopping will be able to bring their used disposable masks and safely place them in the collection bins at ... 
30 March 2021

Have you submitted your entry?

If you're an incredible manufacturer or retailer operating in the DIY, home improvement and garden sector and want to get your well-deserved moment in the spotlight - now is the time to put yourself in the running at the DIY Week Awards 2021. The ... 
28 March 2021

Wren Kitchens crowned Kitchen of the Year 2021

A Wren Kitchens design has been crowned Kitchen of the Year 2021 by Britain’s best-selling homes magazine Ideal Home, showcasing the very best in design, materials and craftsmanship.Wren Kitchens’ stunning Infinity Plus Shaker kitchen in Jade and ... 
26 March 2021

Homebase powers up its garden range with the introduction of Powerbase

Homebase will be expanding its garden power range with the launch of Powerbase this spring. Designed to make gardening easier, Powerbase is user friendly, catering to all gardeners whether novice or more experienced. With 31 lines, from lawn mowers ... 
26 March 2021

Garden Re-Leaf Day 2021 raises £35,000 with the total still rising!

Turning 10 is not a celebration to be missed and despite the challenges that we currently face there is no question that Garden Re-Leaf’s 10th anniversary was celebrated in style. Here we look back on some of the amazing FUNdraising events which ... 
26 March 2021

John Lewis Partnership plans not to reopen eight John Lewis shops from lockdown as it rebalances store estate

The John Lewis Partnership has today announced that it is not planning to reopen eight of its 42 John Lewis shops from lockdown, as it rebalances its store estate to reflect how customers want to shop.The Partnership also confirmed plans to transfer ... 
24 March 2021

Travis Perkins launches app for customers to shop and manage accounts on the go

Travis Perkins, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of building materials to the building and construction industry, has launched an industry first mobile app for customers. This can be downloaded from any Google Play or Apple App store and will ... 
23 March 2021

Kingfisher announces final results for year ending 31 January 2021

Kingfisher, the international home improvement company, has announced its final results for the year ended 31 January 2021.The Group results include a 6.8% in sales in constant currency, driven by strong trading from Q2 and reduced disruption. E-... 
22 March 2021

Groundwork starts on £6bn North London regen scheme

Construction of roads, bridges, cycle lanes, water, gas and communications to service the 10,000 homes set to be built at Meridian Water in Edmonton will start later this month. Enfield council has entered a framework agreement with Vinci Taylor ... 
18 March 2021

Is your home secure? Five ways smart devices can add extra protection

With recent research predicting that there will be over 482 million smart homes in the market worldwide1 by 2025, there is no doubt that home automation is certainly on the rise. This is due, at least in part, to the multitude of benefits that home ... 
18 March 2021
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