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BHETA to hold meet the buyer day with Wilko

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) its ‘Meet The Buyer’ retail networking days with Wilko, the home and hardware retailer which now has over 400, mostly High Street, stores in the UK. 
18 October 2019

Scruffs’ social investment sends sales soaring

Scruffs, one of the UK’s fastest growing performance workwear brand, is reaping the rewards for itsinvestment in social media for its viral ‘fly on the wall’ videos of tradespeople in their ‘natural habitats.’The entertaining videos delivered by ... 
18 October 2019

Buy It Direct rescues Better Bathrooms in another turn around win

The Buy it Direct Group, one of the UK’s leading online appliance, IT and home retailers, has turned around bathroom retailer, Better Bathrooms from administration to being a profitable company in six months, since acquiring the business in March ... 
18 October 2019

Stax and Primeur agree exclusive distribution deal on recycled range

Pictured from left are Primeur’s Sarah McLafferty, Simon Wright of Stax, Primeur’s Jenny Douthwaite and Stax’s Matthew BallOne of the UK’s leading producers of garden products manufactured from recycled rubber has signed an exclusive new ... 
18 October 2019

Nicola Lewis wins Dulux Academy’s ultimate wallpapering challenge

Dulux Academy has crowned Nicola Lewis of Mrs Lewis’ Decorating Company from Matlock the winner of the third annual Dulux Academy Design and Decorate Challenge.Acclaimed for her unique craftsmanship, eye for design plus expert wallpapering skills - ... 
18 October 2019

The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show is set to re-build property ambitions for the region

Taking place on 1-3 November, Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate, the Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show is set to re-build property ambitions for the region.The popularity of self-build in the Northern region has hit at an all-time ... 
17 October 2019

Dulux Decorator Centre expands specialist product range

Dulux Decorator Centre has announced new additions to its specialist paint range making it bigger, better and wider than ever. Painters and decorators will now have access to specialist products from brands including Dulux Trade, Zinsser, Bedec, Coo-... 
15 October 2019

Bradford garden centre to host half term charity family planting event

L-R Andrew Brown, Colin Wood, Jamie Maxwell Little daffodils at Tong Garden CentreA Bradford garden centre is hosting a charity bulb planting event during the October half term holiday.Tong Garden Centre is teaming up with Taylors Bulbs to host ... 
15 October 2019

Fenwick to headline at BHETA Forum

BHETA’s next retailer networking forum takes place on Thursday, October 31 and will feature Kieran McBride, Fenwick’s Director of Buying for furniture, home and food. After a year of much change at the independent department store chain, Kieran will ... 
14 October 2019

First time buyers and renters go months without furniture when moving into a new property

Thousands of renters and first-time buyers are going without key furniture items for weeks or months after moving in, according to a new British Heart Foundation (BHF) survey. The survey of over 2000 first time buyers and renters in the UK found ... 
14 October 2019

Successful Bathroom and Kitchen Conference delivers tools for success in the brave new world

The 2019 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference was hailed a resounding success by delegates, who gathered at the Carden Park Hotel, Cheshire on 08 October.The sell-out conference featured a programme of speakers on a range of topics, all aimed ... 
11 October 2019

New report - How can DIY retailers reactivate abandoned online shopping baskets?

Go Inspire Group have just launched a revealing new report providing evidence that the combination of email and postal mail can double reactivation of abandoned baskets compared to email reactivation activity alone. In an age where e-commerce has ... 
11 October 2019

Major pet companies book their stands at PATS Sandown

Following a hugely successful show at Telford last month, PATS Sandown on 9-10 February 2020 looks set to be another must-visit event for pet retailers and buyers.Bookings for the Sandown Park showpiece in Surrey are impressive, with many industry-... 
10 October 2019

BHETA secures Chicago grants for exporters

BHETA has secured several exhibitor grants from the Department for International Trade which can help towards the cost of exhibiting at the IHA Chicago show in March 2020 – to the tune of £2000 per applicant. With more than 2,100 exhibitors and 62,... 
9 October 2019

Excitement builds as AQUA 2019 gets set to open

Final preparations are being made as the AQUA 2019 industry exhibition gets set to open its doors at Telford International Centre at 9.00am on Wednesday, October 16th.With an impressive number of exhibitors and a packed showcase of new products, ... 
8 October 2019

The future of home heating

Time is running out for the UK to meet its carbon reduction targets and the way we live has to change. A big part of that will be saying goodbye to our gas and oil boilers, which the UK is looking to phase out almost completely by 2050. Indeed, in ... 
8 October 2019

£100,000 given to horticulture students by the David Colegrave Foundation 

In the last ten years, the David Colegrave Foundation has awarded almost £100,000 through scholarships, trip bursaries and other educational initiatives. Applications for further funding are already coming in for the current scholarship season from ... 
7 October 2019

Grand Designs Live to play host to eco-innovations 

Kevin McCloud’s ‘Green Heroes’ will return to Grand Designs Live at The NEC, sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements from 9 – 13 October 2019. These ground-breaking products have been hand-picked by design guru Kevin McCloud, to showcase the very ... 
7 October 2019

REVEALED: Top 20 bathroom trends according to Instagram 

New research from Harvey Water Softeners has revealed the top bathroom interior design trends on social media. The top 50 posts from over 3.3 million images across five hashtags were analysed to see which interior design features appeared frequently ... 
4 October 2019

Styling living space with the top interior trends this autumn

As the sunny shades of summer transition to earthy autumnal tones, it’s time to switch the bright patterned cushions for warm knitted blankets and cosy throws. The changing of the seasons brings with it the chance to refresh your home interior, and ... 
4 October 2019
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