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DIY Week Awards 2022 – Winners announced

The winners of this year’s DIY Week Awards were announced at a glittering live presentation event held at the prestigious Tower Hotel in London on 20 May. After the challenges caused by the Covid pandemic over the last two years, it was great to be ... 
30 May 2022

Choosing internal doors: What you need to know

Internal doors are an important part of any home. They provide privacy between rooms and can add a touch of personality to your décor. With so many styles and materials to choose from, it can be hard to know which type of internal door is right for ... 
27 May 2022

The best home office setups

Cala Homes offers insights on how to style a home office for productivity. These include the theories that plants in an office workspace which can increase productivity by up to 15%, exposure to natural light can improve productivity by up to 40%, ... 
26 May 2022

Wickes Group plc – Trading Update for the 20 weeks to 21 May

Ahead of its AGM later today, Wickes Group plc ("Wickes"), the market-leading home improvement retailer, announces year-to-date trading in line with expectations and reaffirms full year guidance. David Wood, CEO of Wickes, commented:“I am delighted ... 
26 May 2022

Weber Undertakes Nationwide Experiential Activity to Support Retailers During Peak Barbecue Season

Weber,?the global leader in outdoor cooking innovation, technology, and products, has launched its biggest ever experiential event in partnership with retailers across the nation. The ‘Discover Weber’ tour showcases the latest Weber product offering ... 
25 May 2022

Toolstation Helps Fund Construction of New Communal Space at Wembdon Village Hall

Toolstation, one of Britain’s fastest growing suppliers of tools, accessories and building supplies, has announced its latest tie-up with the Volunteer It Yourself (VIY) social enterprise, helping fund a construction project at Wembdon Village Hall, ... 
23 May 2022

Kingfisher plc - Q1 trading update

Kingfisher plc has today provided its Q1 22/23 sales. Key pointsSales significantly ahead of pre-pandemic performance (3-year LFL +16.2%), supported by strong market share gainsSales of £3.2bn in line with our expectations (total sales -4.2% in ... 
23 May 2022

Coral Tools Joins BHETA

Painting decorating tools supplier, Coral Tools has joined BHETA. With an excellent trade reputation, Coral’s retail mission is to be seen as a progressive tools brand, providing products that make projects easier, faster, and more affordable. ... 
20 May 2022

Fiskars Creates Bee-Friendly Garden to Mark World Bee Day 2022

Fiskars, one of the UK’s leading gardening tool suppliers, has teamed up with several green fingered influencers to support the vital bee population as part of its Urban Gardening project. To mark World Bee Day on 20th May 2022, Fiskars worked with ... 
19 May 2022

New Research Shows Where The Biggest Opportunities Are For Tradespeople In 2022

Last year saw an unprecedented rise in demand for home improvement – up by 32% in just 12 months*, and new data from the find-a-tradesperson platform, Rated People now reveals where the biggest opportunities are for tradespeople in 2022. Uniquely ... 
19 May 2022

HMG get their running shoes on for the Great Manchester Run

For the first time since 2019 HMG Paints employees are heading into the heart of Manchester on Sunday 22nd May to take part in the annual Great Manchester 10K run. HMG colleagues will be raising money for the British Heart Foundation at this year’s ... 
18 May 2022

Interior accessories manufacturer Rothley launches range of Grab Rails, combining function and style

Interior accessories manufacturer Rothley has developed a range of stylish Grab Rails, in a bid to combine function and fashion and increase inclusivity in interior design. For those in the assisted living sector, Rothley believes getting around ... 
17 May 2022

Walk Through Virtual Floor Plans with Houzz Pro

Houzz Inc., the leading platform for home renovation and design, today introduced a new Augmented Reality (AR) feature for 3D Floor Plans in Houzz Pro, the all-in-one business management and marketing solution for residential construction and design ... 
17 May 2022

British Coatings Federation launches new Trace VOC Globe to recognise extremely low VOC paint products

From May 2022, decorative paints manufacturers will be able to adopt the use of the statement ‘TRACE’ Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) as part of the British Coatings Federation (BCF)’s VOC Globe scheme to improve communication to consumers ... 
13 May 2022

CMO’s success keeps on building

With the builders’ merchant market itself enjoying significant growth, CMO Group PLC, the UK’s largest online-only retailer of building materials has reported positive results for the year ending 31 December 2021, with increases in sales, gross ... 
12 May 2022

Football legends officially open MKM Aldershot

Footballing legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and commentary supreme Martin Tyler have teamed up to launch MKM’s new Aldershot branch, which officially opened its doors to the trade and public this Monday (9th May). Customers, fans, and staff all ... 
12 May 2022

UK Flooring Direct invests in new Coventry showroom

A major UK online retailer has invested £100,000 in a new showroom in Coventry as part of its continued expansion. UK Flooring Direct, which was founded by Nuneaton-based entrepreneur Jason Ashby and has been growing rapidly in recent years, has ... 
11 May 2022

Travis Perkins Hire wins award for diversity and inclusion policy

Travis Perkins Hire, which is part of Travis Perkins plc and is the UK’s largest distributor of materials to the construction sector, won an award recognising its diversity and inclusion initiatives at the Hire Awards of Excellence. The judging ... 
11 May 2022

Counterfeiters target C.K Tools

C.K Tools, the hand tool specialist, is warning the electrical trade to watch out for fake versions of its top-selling Cable Cutter (3963) after being targeted by counterfeiters.Carl Kammerling International, the parent company of C.K Tools was ... 
10 May 2022

Homebase achieves 20% reduction in stock loss with the SmartWater Group

Homebase, the home and garden experts, is the latest name to team-up with the SmartWater Group to enhance the protection of valuable stock items and reduce theft in store. It is set to introduce forensic marking in more stores across the UK ... 
9 May 2022
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