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HTA encourages industry to prepare for plant passport regulations

Horticultural businesses are being urged to prepare now for the imminent changes to the plant passporting regulations which come into force on December 14. In preparation for this, the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) have produced an animated ... 
20 September 2019

Homebase to close Worle store and downsize Gateshead branch

As the home improvement retailer continues to consult with landlords following its CVA, it has been revealed that its Queensway store in Worle will close before Christmas and its Gateshead branch will be split into two retail units.Homebase, in ... 
20 September 2019

Tesco ads deemed misleading

Supermarket giant rapped by Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for price comparison ad that suggested its products were consistently cheaper than competitors Aldi and Lidl.Tesco has had a series of its ads banned by the ad watchdog for misleading ... 
20 September 2019

Poll reveals worrying lack of fire door knowledge across trades

Despite reporting a growth in demand for fire safety products and devices in the last year, a new poll by online ironmongery supplier, Ironmongery Direct, has revealed that over half of tradespeople do not know how to check that a fire door is ... 
20 September 2019

CMOstores.com launches new tile and floor e-superstore

The rapidly-expanding online builders’ merchant has added a sixth portal to its family of e-commerce building material retail platforms, serving both professional contractors and DIY enthusiasts throughout the UK.The new online superstore, ... 
19 September 2019

International Garden Centre Association Congress visits Squire’s

Around 250 International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) delegates from 19 countries visited Squire’s Garden Centres in Hersham and Badshot Lea on September 4. IGCA delegates from as far afield as the USA, Europe, South Africa, Australasia, China ... 
18 September 2019

Rosebourne Aldermaston surpasses £6million turnover in year one

The independent garden centre group is celebrating what it describes as “a fantastic first year of trading” at its Aldermaston site after turning over more than £6million.The Rosebourne business – headed up by garden industry veterans John Kitching ... 
18 September 2019

B&Q sales slide, as Screwfix decision to exit German market costs millions

In the UK and Ireland, B&Q total sales dropped 3.3% to £1,773million in H1, impacted by the axing of installation services and declines across showroom and weather-related categories. Meanwhile, the closure of all 19 Screwfix outlets in Germany ... 
18 September 2019

First-time buyers are driving the property market

FTBs were the largest group of purchasers in 2018, accounting for 36% of all sales, and are expected to remain so in 2019.The latest report from Hometrack has looked at the rising number of first-time buyers in the UK property market and how they ... 
17 September 2019

Houzz survey finds growth in kitchen renovation spend

Spend on kitchen renovations, one of the most popular rooms to renovate, grew by 11% in the past year to a median spend of £10,000, according to the annual Houzz & Home UK survey of more than 7,500 respondents in the United Kingdom. Median spend ... 
16 September 2019

Pets at Glee New Product Showcase 2019 winners revealed

Nine new pet products were confirmed as the winners of the inaugural Pets at Glee New Product Showcase 2019, at a special award presentation at last week’s show. More than 360 entries were put forward this year – a record number for the competition... 
16 September 2019

Service from ‘robotic staff’ is negatively impacting UK businesses

In an age of artificial intelligence and automation, new research finds that the inability of workers to improvise and innovate is causing consumers to make negative assumptions about companies. A study of 1,000 workplaces published in ‘Thinking on... 
16 September 2019

Thompson & Parkes opens new DIY retail shop

After much anticipation, the independent builders merchant officially launched its first retail shop serving the DIY market in Stourport on Saturday, September 14.Having taken over the site of an old wedding shop Minster Road, Stourport during the ... 
16 September 2019

Taskers reveals most common British living room fit-out

The furniture retailer says it has identified the average UK living room and, using online data gathered from its own website, has unveiled a photo-fit of the nation’s most likely lounge.The photo-fit was created using sales and search data over the ... 
13 September 2019

Growers and traders urge for caution on oak imports

A group of Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) traders and growers are urging importers to ensure oaks being brought into the UK, not only comply with current legislation to combat Oak Processionary Moth (OPM), but are also not sourced from Italy’... 
13 September 2019

Henry Bell wins major Dobbies listing

Family-run small animal and pet feed producer, Henry Bell & Co has secured a listing with the largest national garden centre group, Dobbies.As well as supplying a number of independent garden centres and retail outlets, Henry Bell has landed a ... 
12 September 2019

John Lewis blames Brexit for slide in home and EHT sales as it posts £25.9m profit loss

Despite trading peaks over the summer period, the department store parent has reported a huge dip in profits during H1, as a result of subdued consumer confidence in the wake of Brexit woes.Publishing its half-year results for the 26 weeks ... 
12 September 2019

Mid-Sussex Timber announces annual Open Day

Mid-Sussex Timber has announced it will be holding its annual Open Day this September, taking place at its East Grinstead branch on the September 18 2019. Mid-Sussex Timber, who was founded in 1929, continues to operate as a family-run business to ... 
12 September 2019

John Lewis becomes first UK retailer to apply for self-supply water license

John Lewis plc has become the first UK retailer to apply to Ofwat for a water and sewerage self-supply licence. The department store retailer is partnering with Waterscan to facilitate the application process and to subsequently deliver water cost ... 
3 September 2019

Weak consumer spending see retail prices decrease

According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC), August Shop Prices fell by 0.4% compared to a 0.1% decrease in July. This is below the 12- and 6-month average price increases, both of 0.3%, and is the fastest rate of decline since June 2018.Non-... 
2 September 2019
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