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DIY Rainbows introduced as new stockist for Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore has announced the appointment of DIY Rainbows in Marlborough, Wiltshire as the newest Authorised Stockist of its paint range.Owned by Jignesh Patel, DIY Rainbows is a family-run independent paint retailer with a glowing reputation in ... 
17 July 2019

GCA announces North Thames award winners

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) unveiled on July 15 its winners for the North Thames region during a presentation at Poplars Garden Centre.Perrywood Garden Centre – Tiptree won Garden Centre of the Year in the Destination Garden Centre (DGC) ... 
17 July 2019

Mica introduces eco advertising campaign

The Mica co-operative of independent retailers (Mica) has unveiled plans several months in the making for its first ever eco advertising campaign, which will run during August and September this year.Independent retailers are excellent champions for ... 
17 July 2019

Sales of warm weather products dip but smart home posts double-digit growth at John Lewis

Cooler weather last week, compared with the same period the previous year, impacted sales of warm weather products, such as refrigeration and fans, contributing to a 2.3% decline in sales of electrical and home technology across the department store ... 
17 July 2019

Dyson fan ad banned over cordless claims

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has deemed an advert for Dyson’s Pure Hot + Cool Fan could mislead consumers into believing the product was a cordless fan by using images that do not clearly show the need to plug into mains electric.The ad,... 
17 July 2019

Amazon workers strike during Prime Day

Employees in Europe and the US are up in arms over wages and “dehumanising working conditions” during the e-commerce giant’s famous Prime Day sales extravaganza - although Amazon has dismissed claims by unions, calling them "misleading" and accusing certain groups ... 
16 July 2019

HTA announces theme for this year's marketing forum

‘The Power of Social’ is the theme for this year’s HTA Marketing Forum which takes place on 16 October 2019 at Horticulture House in Oxfordshire. This one-day event is aimed at all those delivering marketing and public relations in the garden ... 
16 July 2019

Wayfair to open first UK pop-up showroom

Wayfair has announced it will open a pop-up showroom in London on 1 August. The event is being held for one day only at an immersive Soho townhouse to discover a world of destination-themed interiors trends, and specifically revealing its Christmas ... 
16 July 2019

Amazon Prime kicks off with "more deals than ever"

Amazon launched its two-day parade of discounts today and is promising more deals than ever before for UK customers. The sale promotion started just past midnight last night and will run until 11.59pm on Tuesday, July 16, offering more than one ... 
15 July 2019

Notcutts reports 52.5% profit jump

Despite major upgrades to a number of its centres, Notcutts has recorded strong growth in the year to February 2019, with operating profit up 52.5% to £1.5m.Gross margin increased by 0.6% basis points to 47.5% and stock turn improved from 3.4 to 3.9 ... 
15 July 2019

Footfall declines for UK retail in June

Footfall declined by 2.9% in June, compared to the same point last year when it declined by 0.9%. On a three-month basis, footfall decreased by 2.4%. The six and twelve–month averages are at -1.3% and -1.7% respectively.High Street footfall declined ... 
15 July 2019

Further Homebase closures ahead

As Homebase struggles to agree new rent terms with landlords and continues to review its estate under the terms of its CVA, yet more stores are set to close in coming months.It has been revealed that the Homebase store on Newbury Retail Park will ... 
12 July 2019

Wickes launches week-long promotion on grey paint

Wickes has slashed the price of seven of its best-selling paint shades for just one week, dubbing the promotion ‘seven shades of grey for seven days’.With grey still considered very much on trend and a popular choice with consumers, Wickes has cut ... 
4 July 2019

B&Q portfolio stores acquired in sale-and-leaseback deal

Three B&Q stores – equating to a retail store portfolio of 306,000sq ft – have been acquired by Palmer Capital by way of sale and leaseback.The real estate investment management company has taken on three solus B&Q stores in Birmingham, ... 
3 July 2019

Amazon to expand UK operations and create more than 2,000 jobs in 2019

The e-commerce giant has vowed to create more than 2,000 permanent jobs in the UK in 2019, with new roles within head office, R&D, Amazon Web services and operations. The recruitment drive will take Amazon UK’s total workforce to more than 29,500 ... 
3 July 2019

‘No-deal’ Brexit could see soaring material prices and lower workloads

Construction SMEs want the new Prime Minister to slash VAT on housing, renovation and repair work to help tempt homeowners to finally commission the home improvement projects they’ve been putting off due to Brexit-related uncertainty. New research ... 
3 July 2019

Topps reports 3.8% uplift in Q3

Topps Tiles has seen sales rise nearly 4% during the last quarter, bolstered by its venture into the commercial market, and new range launches, as the retailer’s strategy of ‘out-specialising the specialists’ “delivers strong results”.The sales jump ... 
3 July 2019

Choice Marketing adds three new garden centres and changes marketing agency

The new additions - Highfield Garden World in Whitminster and Blackbrooks Garden Centre’s two new garden centres at Hastings and Lower Dicker – take the number of Choice Marketing’s members to 45, and bolster its group retail turnover to more than £... 
3 July 2019

Garden centre sales still ahead despite wetter and cooler May

Garden centre sales are 13% up based on the calendar year to May 2019 vs 2018, according to the June 2019 issue of HTA Market Update published last week.Houseplant sales remained strong in May, but sales of garden and outdoor ranges suffered in the ... 
2 July 2019

The ‘Let’s Explore’ Greenfingers garden opens at Richard House Children’s Hospice

Greenfingers Charity has announced it was delighted to be joined by children, families and supporters at the official opening of the charity’s latest garden project at London’s first children’s hospice, Richard House, on 27 June 2018. Greenfingers ... 
2 July 2019
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