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Kingfisher Group releases half year results ended 31 July 2020

Kingfisher Group has released its half year results which show the business has faired well through the challenging first six months of 2020, with sales of just under £6b and gross profits of just over £2b, providing a margin of 37 per cent. ... 
23 September 2020

Gardening a lifesaver in lockdown, according to Squire’s Garden Centres survey

Squire’s Garden Centres has released the results of their “Gardening during Lockdown” survey. The recent survey of over 3,000 people looked at how much gardening people did during lockdown in Spring 2020, what people planted then and what they will ... 
23 September 2020

Ivyline launches new online portal for retail customers

Ivyline, the UK’s leading supplier of inspired collections for the garden and home, including indoor and outdoor pots, terrariums, firepits and water features, has made it even easier for its retail customers to access its bestselling ranges with ... 
21 September 2020

Zest 4 Leisure best in show at Glee

Outdoor garden furniture, products and decorative garden structure specialist, Zest 4 Leisure has won the award for the best overall new product at Glee 2020 as well as winning three best in category prizes for growing containers, landscaping and ... 
18 September 2020

Nearly half the UK planning on decorating as lockdown boosts the nation’s spending power 

Two out of every five (42 per cent) UK households are planning on decorating their homes as lockdown lifts, a survey by Dulux Decorator Centre has discovered. While the coronavirus outbreak causes financial uncertainty for many, the research also ... 
17 September 2020

Land managers offered guaranteed income for tree planting after third auction of Woodland Carbon Guarantee is announced

Farmers and land managers across England are encouraged to apply for the Woodland Carbon Guarantee scheme by 11 October, ahead of the next auction which will take place online between 26 October to 1 November.The Woodland Carbon Guarantee is a ... 
16 September 2020

Gas Safety Week: Checkatrade Top Tips

As we head through Gas Safety Week which started on Monday 14th September, Checkatrade, the UK’s number one website for finding a tradesperson, has shared some top tips for homeownersHave your gas appliance routinely checked to ensure that safety ... 
16 September 2020

PATS New Product Awards to go ahead

The organisers of PATS Telford are pleased to announce that the highly-prized New Product Awards will go ahead despite September’s show being cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.The awards, sponsored by pbwnews, will give suppliers and ... 
15 September 2020

How lockdown changed British attitudes towards our homes for good

Many of us remember the DIY fever that gripped the nation during the UK’s lockdown – but new research released by B&Q has revealed the extent to which the last six months have fundamentally changed British attitudes towards our homes – ... 
14 September 2020

B&Q launches new ‘Build a Life’ brand campaign

B&Q has launched a thought-provoking new brand campaign, rooted in the sentiment that ‘You don’t buy a life. You build one.’ The campaign celebrates the belief that anyone can change their home to make life better. The new strategic thinking, ... 
14 September 2020

Ivyline launches new online portal for retail customers

Ivyline, the UK supplier of inspired collections for the garden and home, including indoor and outdoor pots, terrariums, firepits and water features, has made it even easier for its retail customers to access its bestselling ranges with the launch ... 
14 September 2020

Carl Kammerling Big Brand Deals 2020 promotion – packed full of exciting new offers!

Carl Kammerling has launched its exciting new Big Brand Deals 2020 promotion - running from 1 September – 18 December 2020 - offering retailers and end users fantastic savings on over 200 products from all CKI brands including: C.K, C.K Magma, C.K ... 
11 September 2020

It’s going to be Gr-eight! Protrade gets set to hold popular annual tool show event… online

Protrade, the East Midlands supplier of trade tools, will be holding its annual super-savings event between Friday 11 September and Monday 14 September.This year, however, the popular demonstration show, which usually attracts more than 1,500 ... 
11 September 2020

AkzoNobel continues to see improving trend in Q3 2020

As the complex situation regarding the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, Akzo Nobel N.V. (AKZA; AKZOY) today provides an update on recent business performance.Market headwinds have continued to ease during recent months. Based on current ... 
10 September 2020

HMG launches colour box for distributors and customers

Colour choice has never been easier for HMG Paints’ distributors and customers thanks to the launch of the new ColourBase Colour Box. The new paint colour identification tool presents over 2400 colour chips, displayed in chromatic order within 20 ... 
10 September 2020

How can homeowners make their properties more efficient through the green homes grant and what does the scheme mean for boilers?

Home heating accounts for around 20% of all UK carbon emissions and to help bring this percentage down the government has launched the Green Homes Grant scheme. Through the scheme, homeowners can receive funding of up to £5,000 towards increasing ... 
9 September 2020

Glee Gathering – Just one week to go…

See what’s in store… Explore curated product showcases from your favourite exhibitors, industry awards, exclusive content sessions and match-making opportunities. Tune in to Glee Gathering, a two-day programme bringing you the latest insights, ... 
9 September 2020

DIY projects soar in 2020 as holidays on hold due to coronavirus pandemic

Latest research from DIY Retailers, The Makeover Centre shows that popular searches around ‘Home Improvement & DIY’ almost double in January to July 2020 compared to the same time period in 2019.The data is from Google’s Keyword Planner Tool for ... 
9 September 2020

Brand new spray range comes to Dulux Decorator Centre 

Dulux Decorator Centre has introduced a brand new range of spray products that promise to cut down labour costs helping decorators work FIVE times faster than traditional methods.Introducing the latest spray equipment from trusted brands such as ... 
9 September 2020

Rainy Day Trust launches leaflet to promote its Covid-19 support and announces new helpline number

The Rainy Day Trust is continuing in the drive to spread awareness of its support during the COVID-19 crisis with the launch of a leaflet designed to appeal to businesses potentially at the beginning of any restructuring process.The charity has also ... 
8 September 2020
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