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XPO collaborates with Christy to create an end-to-end omnichannel supply chain solution

XPO, a leading provider of innovative transport and logistics solutions in Europe, has launched a first-time partnership with Christy England, a retail brand synonymous with luxury bed and bath linens since 1850. Manchester-based Christy has awarded ... 
17 May 2023

Don’t break your stride, Screwfix Sprint delivers trade essentials to site in 60 minutes or less

Screwfix, the omnichannel retailer, today launches a national campaign for its 60-minute delivery service, Screwfix Sprint. Sprint is Screwfix’s market-leading service that allows customers to have products delivered to home or site in 60 minutes or ... 
17 May 2023

Fixfast builds enhanced PIM capabilities with Akeneo

Building fastener and component specialist retailer and manufacturer, Fixfast, has improved data accuracy and consistency across its sales channels, partnering with Akeneo, the product experience company and global leader in Product Information ... 
17 May 2023

Toolstation team and their dogs to walk 992 miles throughout May in support of Macmillan

Sixteen colleagues from Toolstation’s Support Centre are walking a total of 992 miles with their furry friends throughout the month of May to help raise money for its charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support.The sixteen participants have a target ... 
16 May 2023

Wholesalers come into their own as the cost of distribution continues to rise

Stax Trade Centres have been supporting independent retailers for over 40 years, and never has the wholesale business been more relevant to the independent sector and manufacturers. With labour and fuel costs at all-time high, many manufacturers are ... 
15 May 2023

Window France wins Creative Retail Awards’ EuroShop 2023 Best Stand Award

The Creative Retail Awards, an annual event that celebrates innovation and excellence in retail, leisure, and hospitality design, has crowned Window France the winner of the Creative Retail Awards EuroShop Best Stand 2023.Over 1,800 EuroShop ... 
15 May 2023

Plank Hardware announces partnership with Ryobi to launch ultimate DIY checklist

Online home decor brand Plank Hardware has teamed up with power tools supplier RYOBI to create the ultimate DIY checklist. The free downloadable DIY Project Planner and Renovation Planner provide a comprehensive guide to planning and executing a DIY ... 
8 May 2023

Cost of living crisis sees DIY boom continue

A softer housing market and rising cost of living is feeding into the ‘improve, don’t move’ mentality and continues to give DIY a lift; particularly when combined with a flood of inspiration and support on social media. From outdoor kitchens to ... 
7 May 2023

Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport kickstart 2023 campaign with a podium & healthy points haul

The 2023 BTCC season returned in earnest at Donington Park as Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport and Jake Hill battled challenging weather conditions to collect a podium finish and a healthy haul of points to leave round one of the 2023 Kwik Fit ... 
27 April 2023

DIY Week Awards 2023 - Finalists announced and change of venue

After an incredible response from the industry, we are delighted to reveal the 2023 finalists who are in the running to win a coveted DIY Week Award. The winners will be revealed on Friday 19th May at a special lunchtime ceremony to be held at the ... 
19 April 2023

Spring cleaning that adds property value - Weekend jobs that can add up to £217,580 to your property value

While it may not quite feel like it’s time to put away the winter coats just yet, spring is upon us. Spring is the best time to put a house on the market, with lots of people wanting to be in a new home before the summer, but there are a few things ... 
6 April 2023

Join us for Solex 2023 - A celebration of Summer

Happy days! Spring has sprung and SOLEX is on the horizon.SOLEX – The Summer Outdoor Living Exhibition organised by the industry for the industry.Monday 10th – Wednesday 12th July 2023 Hall 5 - NEC, BirminghamSOLEX is your opportunity to energise ... 
5 April 2023

Warehouse Manager celebrates 40 years of service at J Newsome Tools

Earlier this month Warehouse Manager Stephen Owens celebrated 40 years of outstanding service at J Newsome Tools.Steve joined the company in the spring of 1983 as a trainee and has made his way up the ranks as well as overseeing three complete ... 
4 April 2023

National DIY Day: A deep dive into an evolving industry

Whilst the UK suffers through a cost of living crisis, homemakers continue to strive for aesthetic excellence — but on a budget. With this in mind, technology has become the segway for money-saving home hacks as #DIY on TikTok has generated 4 ... 
31 March 2023

UK Government confirms ban on all peat-based gardening products will not be implemented until 2030 

Defra (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs) has confirmed that while some peat-containing products will be banned from shelves in 2027, others will be exempt from a ban until 2030. This means that for some professional growers, peat ... 
24 March 2023

Screwfix acquires assets of Connect Distribution Services Limited (CDSL)

Screwfix, the leading UK omnichannel trade retailer and part of Kingfisher plc, has announced that it has acquired the stock, intellectual property, contracts and fixed assets of Connect Distribution Services out of administration, for a cash ... 
20 March 2023

RHS offers low income households £1 entry to its gardens in new 'Access for All' scheme

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has introduced a new scheme that will enable thousands of families and individuals from low income households, and who are less likely to have access to a garden at home, to benefit from visiting an RHS Garden. ... 
20 March 2023

Blooming awesome gardening gifts for Mother's Day

With Mother's Day this weekend in the UK, here are a few new and unusal gardening focused gift ideas from Kikkerland and Lemonsalt.While it may be too late for this year, for retailers looking for new gift ideas to stock this Easter, spring and ... 
17 March 2023

Apollo Housewares wins Best Display Stand at trade show

Pictured (L-R): Nick Pedlar (Home Hardware Director), Masha Vezouisek (Apollo Shipping Manager) and John Goodger (Apollo Marketing Director) on the winning stand.At Home Hardware’s Spring Trade Show on Tuesday 7th March at Westpoint Arena, Exeter, ... 
14 March 2023

The clock is ticking, have you submitted your entry for this year's DIY Week Awards?

If you're an incredible manufacturer, supplier or retailer operating in the DIY, home improvement and garden sector and want to get your well-deserved moment in the spotlight - now is the time to put yourself in the running at the DIY Week Awards ... 
13 March 2023
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