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Juliana Group reports great uptake of new model

The greenhouse manufacturer launched its latest product via a roadshow to 50 of its key customers, resulting in 45 orders for a display model ready to start stocking the new line; the first new launch under the Halls brand in around 40 years.Plans ... 
18 January 2019

Covers to sponsor Sussex Heritage Awards for fourth year

Covers Timber & Builders’ Merchants has announced it will sponsor the 2019 Sussex Heritage Awards. This will be the fourth consecutive year the company has supported the prestigious event. Organised by the Sussex Heritage Trust, the awards aim ... 
18 January 2019

BHETA adds live links to its data service

BHETA’s quarterly retail data service now features live links to all the product groups represented in the four categories detailed in BHETA’s online Retailer Zone. This latest refinement to BHETA’s quarterly presentation of GfK’s most recent EPOS ... 
18 January 2019

Wholesalers show support for consumer awareness campaign

Independent retail wholesaler groups and the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) are putting their weight behind April’s consumer awareness campaign, National Home Improvement Month.The campaign is the initiative of the British Home Enhancement ... 
17 January 2019

Tong invests in local economy with £4million development

The garden centre business has brought in Yorkshire contractors to start work on the first phase of a £4million project to develop its Bradford site.Tong Garden Centre has contracted Leeds-based firm, Jennings to do the demolition work, whilst East ... 
17 January 2019

Akzo Nobel announces details of €2 billion capital repayment and share consolidation

Akzo Nobel today announced details of the capital repayment and share consolidation approved by shareholders when it voted in favour of all resolutions at the company's Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) last November, following the sale of its ... 
17 January 2019

Broad Street DIY celebrates its 40th anniversary

Family run DIY store, Broad Street DIY, in Worcestershire proudly celebrated its 40th business anniversary early January 2019. Broad Street DIY, in Bromsgrove, was opened by Tony and Linda Warren on 8 January 1979. The business has grown ... 
16 January 2019

Online builders' merchant achieves 46% growth in sales

Construction Materials Online (CMO) reported sales of £38.6million in 2018. The business has seen rapid growth, having doubled in size since 2016.CMO supplies a range of over 70,000 construction materials to DIY and the trade. The firm received an ... 
16 January 2019

M&S to close 17 more stores

The homeware retailer has announced a list of 17 outlets earmarked for closure. The move forms part of its five-year plan to shut more than 100 stores and have one third of sales online by 2022.The latest round of closures affect 1,045 jobs, with ... 
15 January 2019

DIY Week Awards 2019: Last chance to enter

The deadline for entries to the 2019 DIY Week Awards is fast approaching, with supplier and retailer submissions to be completed online by the end of Friday, January 18.With just days left, don’t miss your chance to be in the running for a DIY Week ... 
14 January 2019

Pantone announces colour of the year for 2019

Pantone has announced its colour of the year for 2019 as 'Living Coral'. Vibrant, yet mellow, the company has said, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral "embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting ... 
3 January 2019

Peckish goes live with Channel 4 sponsorship

In December it was announced that Peckish will be sponsoring the Channel 4 Weather bulletins, as part of wider plans to boost brand awareness and the wild bird card market.The “Love Every Bird” campaign, which it is hoped will expose the Peckish ... 
3 January 2019

Homebase introduces second concession partnership

Homebase, one of the UK’s leading home improvement and garden retailers, has signed a concession partnership with UK bed brand, Silentnight.The partnership marks the first step in Homebase’s return into beds and mattresses, and will see several ... 
3 January 2019

Dobbies reports 21% uplift over Christmas

The 40-strong garden centre chain posted total sales of £24.1million for the last six weeks of the year, with footfall up across its centres, and a number of categories delivering record performances.Like-for-like sales were up 8% year on year (YOY),... 
3 January 2019

Official ambassador for National Home Improvement Month is revealed

National Home Improvement Month has announced it has recruited BBC presenter, DIY enthusiast and property developer Georgina Burnett to be an official ambassador for the National Home Improvement Month challenge commencing this April. Georgina has ... 
2 January 2019

Federation joins BHETA

The Federation of British Hand Tool Manufacturers (FBHTM) has announced that it has joined The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) as of January 1st 2019.FBHTM will remain as a separate entity under the leadership the current ... 
2 January 2019

Better Bathrooms receives rap from ASA over misleading promotion

The bathroom retailer’s ‘April Showers’ campaign was deemed to have breached CAP code rules, with it unclear as to whether discounts promised were genuine.The ads in question referred to banners that detailed the retailer’s April Showers promotion, ... 
2 January 2019

Hartley Botanic reveals 2019 greenhouse trends

2019 has been reported as the year greenhouses and glasshouses will be just as likely to be used for parties and entertaining as younger families admit they see them, not just as a route to healthier and eco-friendly living, but as luxury lifestyle ... 
2 January 2019

Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen to speak at GCA Conference

Attendees to the Garden Centre Association (GCA) annual conference, to be held on January 20 until 23, 2019, will be able to hear from former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen.Kevin will be a guest speaker at the conference, which takes place at ... 
2 January 2019

Sponsors line up to support the DIY Week Awards

First industry names to come on board to support the May event include Home Hardware Southwest, Zep Commercial and the British Home Enhancement Association (BHETA).The 2019 DIY Week Awards will take place on Friday, May 10 at the Tower Hotel in ... 
18 December 2018
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