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Online spending continues to see growth

Today’s ONS retail sales figures revealed that online spending continues to rise. The percentage of online purchases has risen by 8.0% in March 2019 in comparison to March 2018.The sector has witnessed tremendous growth the results report, with ... 
18 April 2019

Topps Tiles acquires controlling stake in Strata Tiles

In a bid to further grow its commercial business, Topps has paid £3.3milion for 80% of the issued share capital of Strata Tiles Ltd, a supplier of tiles to the commercial market ... 
18 April 2019

Debenhams CEO plans exit, as shareholder stakes wiped out

Sergio Bucher is reportedly planning to step down from his role at the department store chain within the next few days, following the appointment of administrators and the suspension of shares, announced last week.The de-listing of shares, announced ... 
18 April 2019

Wickes targets easter weekend DIY-ers in new campaign

Wickes, the home improvement retailer, has today launched its first ever digital out of home and radio roadblock campaign to capture the attention of consumers during the busiest period of the year for DIY.Devised by out-of-home (OOH) and location ... 
18 April 2019

Value of UK pet market set to hit £7billion by 2021

The market continues to see growth, as millennials’ passion for pampering pets fuels demand for fashionable, luxurious accessories. Even in turbulent economic times, Brits are putting pets’ wellbeing before their own – and that’s music to the ears of ... 
17 April 2019

Crown invites politicians to discuss innovation in the North of England

Crown Paints recently welcomed MP for Rossendale and Darwen Jake Berry and chief secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss MP, to its UK headquarters in Darwen, Lancashire, to take a tour of the paint manufacturing facility and attend a Q&A session ... 
17 April 2019

Wyevale changes loyalty scheme and scraps own-brand gift cards

Wyevale Garden Centres has announced an update to its Garden Club loyalty scheme, which will see the collection of loyalty points replaced with an instant discount every time members shop.The changes, which have been introduced in time for the ... 
17 April 2019

Turnaround on track, says Homebase

Home improvement and garden retailer appears on more solid footing, as it delivers 21.8% jump in gross profit and £100million cost savings, as turnaround programme is in full swing, with store closures, rent reductions and re-introduction of ... 
17 April 2019

Woodland Trust partners with biochar supplier Carbon Gold

The Woodland Trust has partnered with UK biochar supplier Carbon Gold to support the charity’s tree planting and preservation activities across the UK.The announcement will see 10p from the sale of each of Carbon Gold’s biochar planting aids and ... 
16 April 2019

The garden industry digs deep for Garden Re-Leaf Day

Greenfingers has said Garden Re-Leaf Day on 22 March was a success, as the garden industry and charity supporters came together to create a thriving day of activities and fundraising events. Whilst the final total is yet to be announced, it has been ... 
3 April 2019

ManoMano raises €110 million in funding

European online marketplace Mano Mano has raised €110 million in a new funding round and has confirmed the company’s 2020 ambition of achieving €1 billion in sales. This series D fund raising sees new investors Eurazeo Growth, Aglae Ventures and ... 
2 April 2019

Wienerberger acquires BPD to strengthen position in roof market

Austrian building solutions manufacturer Wienerberger has announced the acquisition of UK-based BPD Holdings Ltd for an undisclosed sum, to further expand its roof accessory offering and complement its existing roof product portfolio in the UK and ... 
1 April 2019

Wyevale Nurseries to sell award winning Pyracantha

Staff at Wyevale Nurseries are being granted the sale and propagation licence for an award-winning Pyracantha.Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford will be growing Pyracantha ‘Red Star’, which was the winner of the Innovation Award in the category of woody ... 
1 April 2019

Wilko gears up for Warrington store opening

The value home and garden retailer will open the doors to its new Warrington store at Golden Square Shopping Centre, at 9am on Wednesday, April 10.Wilko signed the lease for the new 15,000sq ft store in February, closing the doors of its existing ... 
1 April 2019

Debenhams secures £200million funding for refinancing

Following criticism by House of Fraser and Sports Direct boss, Mike Ashley as his offer to buy Debenhams was snubbed, the department store business announces it has secured funding for its refinancing package.This morning, Debenhams confirmed that ... 
29 March 2019

BHETA announces management re-structure

Following the trade association’s recent investment in Brooke House , making it the outright owner of the Exclusively shows BHETA has announced plans to accelerate its member engagement programme and will “re-organise its management structure accordingly”.... 
29 March 2019

Dyson and Shark settle out of court

The home technology manufacturers have issued a joint statement following an out-of-court settlement over an advertising dispute.The joint statement, issued last week, read: “Dyson and Shark can confirm that their High Court dispute over certain Shark ... 
28 March 2019

Ikea opens doors to new Bromley Planning Studio

The new-format store, which specialises in helping customers to plan and order kitchens and bedroom storage, officially opened today.The Bromely outlet is the second city-centre store London, following the launch of its first Planning Studio on ... 
28 March 2019

Bord na Móna launches first fleet of branded lorries in the UK

The horticulture business welcomed a new fleet of 15 branded lorries, in a bid to boost brand awareness in the UK, as the company embarks on what it describes as its “most promising season in the UK market to date”.The 44-tonne lorries, which can ... 
28 March 2019

Lyte Ladders bought by BREAL Capital

Lyte Ladders has confirmed that following an accelerated sale process, the Lyte business assets have been sold to BREAL Capital Limited and the company has been trading as Lyte Ladders and Towers Limited, from 24th January 2019, when it was made ... 
28 March 2019
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re: B&Q invites suppliers to pitch at Innovation Open Day

Brian Eacersall
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