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Sheffield builders and DIY merchant expands, rebrands and refurbs

MKM’s Sheffield South branch has rebranded as MKM Sheffield Parkway. The facility, which has been trading since 2007 is located just off the well-known A57 parkway route in and out of the city’s east side, has also undergone a modern renovation and ... 
15 April 2022

UK Flooring Direct makes Easter donation

A Leicestershire homeless charity has received an Easter-themed donation from a major UK retailer headquartered in the county.UK Flooring Direct has donated 50 chocolate easter eggs to Hinckley Homeless Group, an organisation which provides ... 
15 April 2022

Ronseal launches Ultimate Fence Life Concentrate in all major stockists

Leading woodcare brand, Ronseal, is pleased to announce the launch of Ultimate Fence Life Concentrate, its most ground-breaking fence care product yet.Available in all major stockists from Monday 4th April, Ultimate Fence Life Concentrate marks a ... 
7 April 2022

Homebase partners with RELEX Solutions to boost its supply chain processes

Homebase, the home and garden experts, has selected RELEX, provider of unified retail planning solutions, to automate and optimise its supply chain processes. RELEX will service Homebase stores across the UK and Ireland, three distribution centres ... 
6 April 2022

Rothley presents new ‘green’ products at top trade show

Interior accessories manufacturer Rothley is continuing its ongoing commitment to a sustainable and ethical process of manufacturing and production, promising all new products to be chrome-free and in recyclable packaging. This year, Rothley has ... 
4 April 2022

Lord Hutton appointed Chair of Make UK

Make UK has announced the appointment of Lord Hutton as its next Chair, succeeding Dame Judith Hackitt who has stepped down after six years in the role. Lord Hutton has extensive background in business and industry having served as Secretary of ... 
4 April 2022

Sniffe & Likkit takes aim at gifting market

Sniffe & Likkit, the fast-growing British dog grooming and treats firm, has created two new SKUs to maximise gifting opportunities for retailers across all categories.The new products tap into the fact that, with dogs being treated as an ... 
31 March 2022

SOLEX 2022 space is sold out

We are very pleased to announce that after a two-year covid induced absence SOLEX (The Summer Outdoor Living Exhibition) space has sold out, and there is already an exhibitor waiting list for 2023! This is great news for the exhibition and the ... 
30 March 2022

ToughBuilt design innovation recognised with industry award

Manufacturer of premium quality hand tools and jobsite products, ToughBuilt has been recognised for its commitment to innovative and intelligent product design. The business' Scraper Utility Knife was named as the winner of the TMB (Troy Means ... 
29 March 2022

Toolstation And Young Person’s Community Interest Company, VIY, Help Refurbish Middleton Select Amateur Boxing Club

Toolstation, one of Britain’s fastest growing suppliers of tools, accessories and building supplies, has announced its fourth tie-up with the Volunteer It Yourself (VIY) Community Interest Company, helping fund the young volunteers participation in ... 
29 March 2022

Demand For Tradespeople Up By 50% In Just Two Years

Demand has skyrocketed, but tradespeople have also been hit with a series of challenges because of Covid and Brexit, so Rated People explores the true effects of ‘the home improvement boom’ and looks at what’s in store for 2022.62% of UK ... 
28 March 2022

Wickes Group plc - Full Year Results 2021

Wickes Group plc has today released its full year results for the year ended 1 January 2022. Financial Highlights Revenue up 14.0% to £1.53bn (2020: £1.35bn) driven byFurther market share gains in Core, supported by range development, enhanced ... 
25 March 2022

Homebase returns to Coventry with brand-new store

Homebase has returned to Coventry with a new store on the Gallagher Retail Park. The new 30,000 sq. ft store is the one-stop-shop for the products, expertise and inspiration customers need to fix, improve or transform their homes and gardens.The new ... 
25 March 2022

Kimberley Walsh Swaps Microphones for Tools in New Partnership with Wickes

Wickes has announced its first official talent partnership, a two year collaboration with presenter, singer, actress and DIY fan, Kimberley Walsh. With the last couple of years highlighting the volume of women that led and took on home improvements, ... 
24 March 2022

Research shows mental health crisis in construction sector - new Toolstation campaign

Toolstation is launching an initiative aimed at those affected by the mental health crisis in the construction industry. The mental health awareness campaign is designed to help equip tradespeople with the tools they need to look after their mental ... 
23 March 2022

Kingfisher releases final results for the year ended 31 January 2022

Kingfisher has released its final financial results for year ending 31 January 2022. Highlights for the year include: a year of record revenue and profits; gaining market share in the UK and France; effective management of product availability, ... 
22 March 2022

EDRA/GHIN Welcomes Two New Members in March 2022!

The Board of the European DIY Retail Association (EDRA) and of the Global Home Improvement Network (GHIN) is pleased to announce that two new members joined the Network in March 2022. ProCoop, a Belgium full-service group, and GooDay, with a ... 
21 March 2022

BHETA’s OWA Update Generally Positive for DIY And Garden

BHETA’s steering group focussing on the legitimate sale of products such as secateurs and drain cleaners which were included in the original draft of the forthcoming Offensive Weapons Act (OWA) received broadly good news from the publication of the ... 
17 March 2022

Global Recycling Day: expert advice for dealing with each type of trade waste

The mark Global Recycling Day on the 18th March, experts have shared their top bits of advice for tradespeople on how to dispose of each type of work waste. Recent research by IronmongeryDirect, the UK’s largest supplier of specialist ironmongery, ... 
16 March 2022

Buildiro Launches Investment Round on Seedrs

Like Amazon for building materials, Buildiro.com seeks to raise at least £300,000 to boost affiliate sales, activate merchants, and grow revenue. Buildiro.com, a digital marketplace for tradespeople, builders, and DIY enthusiasts in the United ... 
15 March 2022
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