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Saddle up for charity with the Garden Re-Leaf cycle ride challenge

Greenfingers Charity is inviting its supporters and others to put their pedal power to the test this spring by taking on the inspiring Cycle Challenge for Garden Re-Leaf Day.Garden Re-Leaf 2018 cyclistsThe cycle event, which was launched as part of ... 
15 February 2019

RSPB urging retailers to support swift initiative

The RSPB is calling on homeowners and businesses in UK towns and cities to take simple steps to help save swift birds. Swift numbers have plummeted by half in just twenty years. The RSPB say now is the time to act – before the birds return from ... 
15 February 2019

BIRA celebrates 120 years of supporting independent retailers

This year, the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) celebrates 120 years supporting independent retailers. Since 1899 when BIRA’s predecessors – the Ironmongers Federation, the British Hardware Federation and the Drapers Chamber of Trade ... 
15 February 2019

Johnson Tiles invests £650k in new machinery

British tile manufacturer, Johnson Tiles, has invested £650k in two new inkjet machines for its factory in Stoke-on-Trent in order to enhance its existing processes for manufacturing ceramic wall tiles.The new machines guarantee faster production, ... 
15 February 2019

Future of gardening industry could depend on engaging young parents

It is revealed that 40% of parents aren’t confident planting plants with their children, despite wanting kids to ditch technology and spend more time outside.A survey by Cumbria garden centre, Hayes Garden World revealed that 86% of parents with ... 
13 February 2019

Axminster Tools & Machinery lands spot in top 50 UK retailer list

The East Devon tool specialist has recently been listed in the top 50 ecommerce and cross-channel retailers, as detailed in the Internet Retailing UK (IRUK) Top 500 report 2019.The company was first listed in the 2017 report, when it appeared in the ... 
12 February 2019

Squire's plant show sees multiple accolades

Squire’s Garden Centres held its annual plant show in West Horsley on 7th February 2019. Suppliers from the UK and abroad came to Squire’s to showcase their latest plants, ready for the spring season ahead.Squire’s also presented its “Supplier Of ... 
12 February 2019

BCT calls in administrators

British Ceramic Tile in Heathfield appointed administrators today blaming challenging trading conditions and the loss of a key customer in recent days.The closure of the business has resulted in 313 redundancies. The remaining 67 employees will ... 
30 January 2019

Mortgage approvals exceed £4billion

According to the latest figures from the Bank of England, mortgage market activity has been “broadly stable since 2016”, with the trend continuing, despite Brexit woes and weak consumer confidence.As a result, households borrowed £4.1billion secured ... 
30 January 2019

B&M shifts all imports to Liverpool port

The value retailer has announced plans to have all of its cargo come into the Port of Liverpool in a permanent move, following frustrations with delays at southern ports.B&M has already run a trial through the port, and has taken the decision to ... 
30 January 2019

Hillier announces new charity partnership with Maggie's

Hillier has announced a new charity partnership for 2019-20 with national cancer support charity, Maggie’s. Through the partnership, Hillier hopes to raise funds, give direct support to Maggie’s Centres and help bring Maggie’s to the South of ... 
30 January 2019

Tileflair expands with new showroom in Oxford

The privately-owned business, which offers wall and floor tiles for both wholesale and retail, has opened its latest store off Garsington Road, Cowley, OxfordThe new 4,000sq ft tile showroom, takes the company portfolio to 10 branches and is part ... 
30 January 2019

B&Q leaks information on 7,000 suspected shoplifters

B&Q has reportedly given up information on around 70,000 shoplifters on Elasticsearch, according to Australian security researcher Lee Johnstone.The exposed data included the names of thieves, along with the product codes of the things they had ... 
29 January 2019

Wilko to open in Putney

The value home and garden retailer has signed a lease for a new store at the Putney Exchange Shopping Centre in southwest London.The new 8,000 sq ft store is expected to open in April and will generate more than 40 new jobs within the local area. ... 
29 January 2019

M&S launches new plastic take-back scheme

Marks & Spencer is taking action to prevent plastic waste from going to landfill with the launch of a new initiative, which will enable customers to bring back non-recyclable plastic packaging and see it transformed into shop fittings and ... 
29 January 2019

Garden centres report continued growth in houseplant sales and strong Christmas

The latest HTA Market Update reveals that garden centre sales were up 3% across the whole of 2018 compared with 2017. Houseplants continue to increase in popularity, with sales of this category up by 15% year on year. Christmas categories also saw ... 
29 January 2019

Outdoor plant sales continue to dominate

Sales in outdoor plants continued to dominate other categories for a third month running in December (2018) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report.Sales were up 17.73% compared to the previous year in 2017,... 
29 January 2019

Spring Fair sees significant increase in private label products and services

Exhibitors at the UK home and gift marketplace are ramping up efforts to champion their private label ranges, which organisers believes is as a reflection of the significant growth in the own-label proposition across the UK retail industry.ITE Group ... 
29 January 2019

Home sales down 7.2% at John Lewis

Total sales for the week across the department store chain were down 3.5% on the same trading period last year, with home one of the worst performers.John Lewis attributed the decline to tough comparatives, against strong clearance sales during the ... 
29 January 2019

Julia Kendell announced as official ambassador of National Home Improvement Month

This April is National Home Improvement Month an awareness campaign organised by the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) to encourage home owners and renters to improve one area of their home during the month of April 2019.National ... 
28 January 2019
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re: Which? says B&Q website is bottom of the pile

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re: New safety mark replacement could cost UK manufacturers millions

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re: BCT calls in administrators

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