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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

Online retail slumps in August

Internet sales continued on a downward trend last month, failing to receive a boost from the late summer sunshine and Bank Holiday weekend, with transactions in home and garden reportedly down by 6.9%.After online sales slumped to their lowest-ever ... 
24 September 2019

Houseplants continue upward sales trend in August

The August Bank holiday weekend gave sales at garden centres across the country a welcome boost at the end of the month, according to new figures from the GCA, with houseplants up in double figures.The Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of ... 
24 September 2019

Blanchard’s Home Hardware wins cookshop window dressing competition

It has been announced that Blanchard’s Home Hardware (Bideford) has won Home Hardware’s Cookshop Window Dressing Competition for the second consecutive year. Snapes Home Hardware (Cheadle Hulme) received the runner’s up prize. The competition was ... 
23 September 2019

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 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

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