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Webinar for online retailing in overseas markets launched

Gardenex is planning a programme of webinars and initiatives on online retailing in overseas markets to be held in conjunction with the E-Exporting team at the Department for International Trade and Infinity Blue Marketplaces. 
8 January 2020

Bira teams up with EKM

Bira has teamed up with ecommerce specialist EKM to provide members with a trusted way to build an online presence while supporting their bricks-and-mortar retail business. 
8 January 2020

AkzoNobel completes share buyback

AkzoNobel has repurchased 300,764 of its own ordinary shares in the period from 30 December 2019, up to and including 3 January 2020, at an average price of €90.92 per share. The consideration of the repurchase was €27.35 million. 
8 January 2020

Toolstation extends opening hours

Toolstation branches are now open until 8pm on weekday evenings. 
7 January 2020

Screwfix celebrates 40 years

Omnichannel retailer, Screwfix turned 40 in December 2019. 
7 January 2020

Showroom success for Lakes with Jewson

National builders’ merchant Jewson has recently updated its showroom in Flitwick to include Lakes’ new Bay Series and premium stone resin trays, Lakes Stone 
7 January 2020

GCA members to compete for Worrall Cup

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) can put their marketing campaigns and initiatives to the test as part of the organisation’s annual Worrall Cup competition (January, 2020). 
6 January 2020

New Chief Customer and Digital Officer for Kingfisher

Kingfisher, the international home improvement company, has announced the appointment of Jean-Jacques (JJ) Van Oosten as chief customer and digital officer. 
6 January 2020

GIMA launches Knowledge Exchange programme

GIMA’s Knowledge Exchange programme will begin 2020 with the return of the ‘Developing Selling Skills’ session. 
3 January 2020

Electricians rate UK's friendliest tradespeople

My Job Quote surveyed 1,482 British people to discover who they believe to be the friendliest tradespeople. My Job Quote found that the majority of those surveyed rate electricians (75%) as the friendliest tradespeople. 
3 January 2020

Record sales for Squire's

Squire’s Garden Centres has published their financial results for the year ending 31 July 2019. It was a year of record sales; turnover increased by 15% to £57m, helped by excellent weather conditions throughout the peak season. 
3 January 2020

New judge announced for DIY Week Awards 2020

Mike Smith of EFG Housewares has been announced as the latest judge to join the Supplier category judging panel for this year’s DIY Week Awards. 
3 January 2020

Clothing and houseplants top sales lists for garden centres in November

Clothing and houseplants were best sellers at garden centres across the country according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report for November (2019).



2 January 2020

BHETA plans ‘Launchpad’ shell scheme for 2020

BHETA’s 2020 Exclusively Show in June will see the debut of a new ‘Launchpad’ shell scheme area designed to meet the needs of smaller manufacturers and suppliers in the housewares industry. 
2 January 2020

Strong growth in November, says HTA

2019 has been a successful year of growth for garden centres nationally, with overall November sales up 10% compared with the same month in 2018 according to the latest HTA Market Update report. 
2 January 2020

Mark Pitman joins Wildlife World

Wildlife World, a European designer and manufacturer of wildlife products have appointed Mark Pitman to its management team, who joins the business in January 2020 to lead their marketing team. 
30 December 2019

Pantone reveals its 'colour of the year'

Pantone has announced 'Classic Blue' or 'Pantone 19-4052' as their colour of the year for 2020. 
27 December 2019

New home owners spend £13,000 on renovations

Britain’s newest homeowners spent more on new furniture than on any other home improvement, according to new research. 
26 December 2019

HTA response to EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill progress

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has issued a comment regarding the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill. 
24 December 2019

Tobermore makes £20,000 Christmas donation to Barnado’s

Paving and walling manufacturer Tobermore is delighted to support the work of Barnardo’s by making a donation of £20,000, in lieu of Christmas gifts this year. 
23 December 2019

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