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B & Q lowest price kitchen retailer for 2019

Comparison website, Kitchen Compare has announced that B&Q has been named ‘Lowest Priced National DIY Retailer of Kitchens 2019’ for a third year running, beating rivals including, Homebase and Wickes. 
23 December 2019

What are retailer's top concerns for 2020?

Wholesale costs of goods (63%), business rates (38%), and energy costs (30%) are the three biggest concerns for UK retailers ahead of an uncertain 2020. 
20 December 2019

Homebase close stores on Boxing Day

Despite Boxing Day traditionally being a key date in the diary for sale-savvy shoppers, research shows that the majority of UK consumers (92%) support retailers who choose to keep their doors closed on Boxing Day. 
20 December 2019

British Garden Centres acquires Hillview Garden Centre

British Garden Centres has announced that they have completed the acquisition of Hillview Garden Centres (HGC) from The Hillview Group. 
20 December 2019

New managing director at Shurtape UK

Shurtape has announced the retirement of its managing director Colin Gadd and the promotion of his successor, Jason Burns, as the company celebrates 10 years of success in the UK. 
20 December 2019

Consumers spend £158 on Christmas decorations

Hayes Garden World has released a report exploring consumer buying habits and trends at Christmas time. 
19 December 2019

Kingfisher’s LGBTQ+ Network commended

Kingfisher’s LGBTQ+ Network has been commended in the New Colleague Network of the Year award at the inaugural Rainbow Honours 2019. 
19 December 2019

GCA welcomes Dame Kelly Holmes

The Garden Centre Association will welcome double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes MBE (Mil) to its stage during its annual conference in January. 
19 December 2019

New sponsors confirmed for DIY Week Awards

The DIY Week Awards are shaping up nicely, with a number of new sponsors having committed to the event. 
18 December 2019

Kingfisher joins Stonewall’s Global Diversity Champions programme

Kingfisher plc has joined Stonewall’s Global Diversity Champions programme. 
18 December 2019

Remembering John Twallin

OBITUARY: John Twallin, joint founder of Toolbank and former chairman of its parent company Dormole, died on Saturday 14 December. 
18 December 2019

2% increase expected in garden industry until 2023

According to AMA Research’s 2017 Garden Market Analysis Report, the UK Garden Products market is currently valued at £5.7billion and is expected to benefit from a 2% annual increase until 2023. 
17 December 2019

Permaroof celebrates successful year

Permaroof the UK’s importer and distributor of Firestone RubberCover, is celebrating its most successful year to date with 24,000 orders completed; the highest figure in its 19-year history. 
17 December 2019

BHETA launches programme for first quarter of 2020

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has announced its first three month's programme, with retailer networking events in store for members across all market sectors. 
17 December 2019

BMA wants end to uncertainty

The Bathroom Association's (BMA) CEO Tom Reynolds has urged the new government to end uncertainty and bring stability back to the economy as soon as possible following the Conservative's landside victory on 12 December. 
16 December 2019

Screwfix opens in Ireland

Screwfix has officially opened in Ireland with the roll out of its first three stores ahead of Christmas, to support its online business 
16 December 2019

New paint range from Homebase

Homebase has launched its new own brand paint range – Homebase Paint. This launch is the latest innovation from the retailer to make it simpler for customers to get everything they need for their home decorating projects under one roof. 
16 December 2019

HTA welcomes General Election result

The HTA has welcomed the outcome of yesterday's (12 December 2019) General Election result, where the Conservative Party achieved a commanding majority. 
13 December 2019

Challenge 25 material underway for bladed items

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is to provide a suite of officially sanctioned Challenge 25 artwork for suppliers, retailers and delivery companies involved in the legitimate supply of age-restricted bladed items such as kitchen knives and DIY and garden tools. 
13 December 2019

Paul Mason announced for GCA conference

It's the 'Economy, Stupid', as writer and broadcaster Paul Mason will be talking about the economy and the political landscape during his guest speech at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) 2020 annual conference in January 2020. 
12 December 2019

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