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Brits said to be spending £31billion on DIY projects

home improvement has proved more costly than thought, according to a recent study by construction supplier Burton Roofing. By analysing monthly housing data from the Office of National Statistics and talking to 1,000 UK homeowners, the investigation ... 
22 May 2019

Helping Children Grow exhibit wins a bronze medal at Chelsea

The ‘Helping Children Grow’ exhibit, supported by National Garden Gift Vouchers, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 has been awarded a Bronze medal.The exhibit, which features in the Discovery Zone of the Great Pavilion, promotes National Children’... 
21 May 2019

Westland partners with the British Trust for Ornithology

As a key partner in the supply of bird care products to garden centres, Westland has said it is committed to driving the sector and educating the public. And to further this, the company has announced a new partnership and has joined forces with the ... 
21 May 2019

GCA Conference 2020 venue announced

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has announced that the location of its 2020 annual conference is to be Bristol (January 26 until 29, 2020). The GCA’s annual event will be held at the Mercure Bristol, Grand Hotel from January 26 until 29.Mike ... 
20 May 2019

Tech guru helps Brits get smart home savvy

To mark the beginning of Smart Home Week, tech guru Jason Bradbury hosted a pop-up tech clinic at Charring Cross Station in Central London ahead of the week on Saturday 18 May.From 11am – 3pm inquisitive consumers dropped into the pop-up tech clinic,... 
20 May 2019

Waste compliance an important issue for BHETA members

BHETA members logged on to a webinar set up by BHETA associate member, Wastepack, to provide updates on the latest government consultations on Defra’s Resource and Waste Strategy, which was launched at the end of 2018. There are currently several ... 
20 May 2019

Retailers, including Tesco, Amazon and Argos caught selling knives to underage shoppers

As many as six in 10 retailers in some UK areas were found to be breaking the law and selling knives to children as young as 14, whilst Tesco, Amazon and Argos were also caught out by a BBC Watchdog.A test purchase operation by North Yorkshire ... 
17 May 2019

Kingfisher launches GoodHome to "solve the nightmare"

Véronique Laury, CEO of Kingfisher, opens the Innovation Day at Olympia LondonKingfisher, the home improvement company, launched GoodHome yesterday, a new international brand and have said GoodHome will provide a simpler way of helping home ... 
17 May 2019

Wyevale Garden Centres identifies plant varieties set to see sales boost from Chelsea

As the RHS Chelsea Flower Show gears up for its most popular edition yet, garden centres across the nation are bracing for a surge in sales, as Brits recreate their own show gardens at home. The world-renowned event has reported unprecedented ticket ... 
16 May 2019

Glee 2019 introduces the Taste Village

With catering and food sales continuing to offer major add-on profit opportunities for garden centres, garden trade show Glee (10 – 12 September, NEC Birmingham), will be offering retailers extensive inspiration at the newly introduced Taste Village.... 
16 May 2019

Original Poundworld founders continue ambitious roll out of new discount chain

One Below, the new discount retail venture launched by Poundworld founder, Chris Edwards and his son, will be opening yet more stores later this week, with a view to reaching their target of 100 outlets across the UK.Chris Edwards (senior) launched ... 
16 May 2019

Sainsburys Asda merger blocked by CMA

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has ruled today that the proposed merger cannot go ahead, as UK shoppers would be “worse off” due to reduced competition in the market, with expected price hikes and a drop in quality. But Sainsbury’s ... 
25 April 2019

Squires opens florist at Badshot Lea centre

Local florist Petal & Stem – run by a former Squire’s employee – has set up shop in a prime position just inside the entrance of Squire’s Garden Centre in Badshot Lea.Customers will now be able to buy bouquets of cut flowers at the centre ... 
24 April 2019

Leekes awarded bag accolade at the Finance Awards

Welsh retailer, Leekes Retail and Leisure Group has been awarded Medium/Large Finance Team of the Year in the second annual Finance Awards Wales.The family-run independent business was presented with the accolade during a ceremony held at Cardiff’s ... 
24 April 2019

Easter Weekend sees sales soar

The hot and sunny weather has had a hugely positive result for retail destinations this weekend, with an increase in footfall of +6.5% on Friday, +1.2% on Saturday and +8.4% by 12pm on Easter Monday. This is a clear contrast to Easter 2018, when ... 
23 April 2019

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
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