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As lockdown fatigue grows, shoppers increasingly willing to travel to retail destinations (even despite Beast from the East)

Latest data from retail experts Springboard reveals that last week, footfall across UK retail destinations rose by +1.5%, which followed a rise of +6.7% in the week before. Footfall in high streets declined by -1.7%, however, there were rises of +3.... 
15 February 2021

Lent Challenge from Tree of Hope

Kent-based charity Tree of Hope is urging supporters to get involved in its 40 Days of Hope challenge for Lent. The charity, which helps fundraise for children’s operations, therapies and equipment that are unobtainable via the NHS, has come up with ... 
15 February 2021

The trade show must go on: What More UK to take part in massive global trade fair gone digital

What More UK will be attending the international consumer goods tradeshow, Ambiente 2021, from the comfort of their Accrington HQ. The Lancashire housewares manufacturer, and owner of the well-known brand Wham, has been a regular exhibitor at the ... 
15 February 2021

Stop! Hammer Time: These are the songs we listen to the most when doing DIY

The world’s favourite tunes to do a spot of DIY to have been revealed, and it seems Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and Tame Impala provide the best soundtrack if you’re looking to spruce up your home. New Spotify research analysed over 70,000 songs in ... 
14 February 2021

Homebase announces plans to open three small format stores in Walton-on-Thames

Home and garden experts Homebase, is planning to open of a series of new small format stores in Walton-on-Thames in Spring this year. The existing Bathstore showroom on New Zealand Avenue will be refreshed to include Kitchens by Homebase, after a ... 
12 February 2021

Mrs Hinch’s hack makes ‘radiator’ the most searched interior trend on Google!

Since we’re home a lot more than usual, many of us are turning to renovations to make our homes nicer places to spend our time. Heating and radiator specialists wanted to find out which home interior tweaks were top priority during ... 
12 February 2021

Norwich Tile Centre Joins N&C Group

Norfolk-based tile business, Norwich Tile Centre has sold it trading activities to the Nicholls & Clarke Group. The tile and bathroom retailer has been established as one of the premier tile outlets in Norwich for the past three decades and will ... 
11 February 2021

Independent body to oversee quality of new-build homes

A new organisation to champion consumer rights and ensure new build homes are built to a high standard has been launched by the government.Natalie Elphicke MP will chair the new homes quality boardNatalie Elphicke MP will chair the new homes quality ... 
10 February 2021

AkzoNobel no longer intends to acquire Tikkurila and continues to focus on Grow & Deliver strategy

Akzo Nobel N.V. submitted a binding proposal to acquire Tikkurila for €31.25 per share on January 28, 2021, having conducted customary due diligence to confirm potential synergies. The company no longer intends to pursue this acquisition, following ... 
9 February 2021

Green homes refurb grants need more time, urge MPs

The government is under pressure to extend the green homes grant scheme beyond March 2022 after a committee of MPs described current progress as moving at a snail's pace. Business, energy and industrial strategy minister Lord Callanan admitted only ... 
9 February 2021

Windows and doors trends for 2021

Whether you want to create a grand entrance or a bold first impression, windows and doors play an important role in enhancing a building’s kerb appeal. But with so many design options to choose from, how do you know which one to opt for, or what to ... 
8 February 2021

Carl Kammerling Fusion 2021 Trade Promotion – Filled with exciting new deals!

Carl Kammerling has launched its new Fusion 21 trade promotion - running from 1 February to 28 May 2021 - offering retailers fantastic savings on more than 150 products from all CKI brands including: C.K, C.K Magma, C.K Classic, Avit and Kasp. ... 
5 February 2021

Symphony Coatings and HMG Paints extend partnership

HMG Paints Ltd, the UK independent paint manufacturer, has announced a new partnership with Symphony Coatings. The partnership will see HMG’s industrial coatings and colour matching facilities available from three additional Symphony Coating ... 
5 February 2021

Manomano doubles size and announces €1.2 billion in sales turnover for 2020 - UK is the growth engine for the future

ManoMano, the European digital leader in DIY, home and garden, announces its 2020 results:€1.2 billion in sales turnover in 2020+100% overall growth50 million unique visitors per month (+70%)2020 UK results€105M sales turnover, representing a growth ... 
5 February 2021

Employers urged to plan for Long Covid

Employers urged to plan for long CovidDoctors are urging employers to plan for the effects of Long Covid now as cases continue to grow. Without planning how to manage the condition in advance, employers risk being left with big staffing problems.“... 
5 February 2021

Green light for 4,500 homes near Cambridge

Waterbeach New Town East is set to get a further 4,500 new homes after South Cambridgeshire district council granted outline planning approval a few days ago. The new development is five miles north of Cambridge and comprises a mixture of one-bed ... 
4 February 2021

Toolstation continues to support its customers as over half declare they don’t feel comfortable discussing personal concerns over digital platforms - Time to Talk Day, Thursday 4 February

Toolstation continues in its campaign with Time to Change to provide ongoing support for its customers and colleagues, marking Time to Talk Day on Thursday 4 February to encourage people to talk more openly. The campaign was established eight years ... 
4 February 2021

Dulux Select Decorators are raising spirits in lockdown with their own virtual pub

Members of the Dulux Select Decorators scheme have been keeping their spirits up during lockdown by meeting at their own virtual pub. The Fitch & Bristle opens its doors via Zoom every Friday night, allowing any of the 575 Select Decorators in ... 
3 February 2021

Tile Mountain Expands Sporting Sponsorships By Becoming Official Club Partner of Hull Kingston Rovers RFC

Tile Mountain, the growing UK tile retailer has become Hull Kingston Rovers RFC principal away kit partner for 2021, a move that will see the online DIY retailer’s branding adorn the front of the away shirt for the duration of the Super League ... 
2 February 2021

Hyve Group announces exclusive speaker line up for Spring Fair @Home

Hyve Group has announced the expert speaker lineup for its Spring Fair @Home event, taking place virtually on 8–10 February 2021. This year, in place of physical shows, Hyve Group’s UK portfolio will be going virtual. Designed to bring the industry ... 
1 February 2021

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