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Study reveals the most searched for DIY terms and lockdown impacting inflation

There has been a consumer price inflation decline of 2.1% for tools and equipment for house and garden, whereas rising prices for gardens, plants and flowers resulted in an increase in consumer price inflation. Brits are turning to Google for not ... 
9 July 2020

BHETA publishes latest quarterly economic report on home enhancement industry

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has published its second quarterly economic report, which includes the impact of lockdown through to May 2020. This comprehensive document runs to almost fifty pages and pulls together multiple ... 
8 July 2020

spoga+gafa trade show postponed until 2021

The next spoga+gafa trade show will now be held from 30 May to 1 June 2021. At the request of the industry, Koelnmesse is permanently moving the date for spoga+gafa to the first half of the year. In future, this means that the largest garden ... 
8 July 2020

Dulux Decorator Centre helping get the trade back on its feet

Dulux Decorator Centre is helping the nation’s decorators build their businesses back up with a new job-finding service, alongside free Checkatrade membership*. The measures are part of their Backing Our Decorators initiative which has been ... 
7 July 2020

Mark Alexander, Managing Director of Benchmark Retail Services Ltd, receives and ‘Oarsome’ Award

The Coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on all areas of life but the experience of lockdown has been different for everyone. To the benefit of the sector, many turned to DIY to fill the extra time at home but with stores closed for all but ... 
6 July 2020


The Small Electrical Appliance Marketing Association (SEAMA) has become part of the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA). Its 14 members - G25Ltd, Meyer, Igenix (Pik-a-Pak), RKW, MPL Home, Vita-Mix, Ultimate Products, HoMedics, ... 
2 July 2020

Furniture and bbq sales sore

Furniture and barbecues were the biggest sellers when garden centres re-opened in May (2020) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade report. 
30 June 2020

Surge in landscaping product sales across Britain

Data from builders’ merchants across the UK points to a surge in landscaping products, as homeowners opted to give their gardens a make-over during the Covid-19 restrictions.


30 June 2020

Promising year ahead for home interiors industry

New research has revealed millions of consumers are spending more money than usual on their homes as a result of lockdown, with 75 per cent of Brits planning further improvements over the next year, including decorating, kitchens, bathrooms and extensions.


29 June 2020

National Home Improvement Month set for September

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has confirmed that its National Home Improvement Month 2020 consumer promotion will go ahead in September 
29 June 2020

BMJ Industry Awards relaunches as online live stream for 2020

Set your Microsoft Outlook calendars for Friday 17th July because the BMJ Industry Awards 2020 is going ahead as a pre-recorded live-stream event. 
26 June 2020 records busiest week ever

Now that lockdown restrictions have started to ease, homeowners are seizing the opportunity to look for a tradesperson to tackle various jobs in and outside the home. 
26 June 2020

Quartermaine Distribution acquires household product supplier

Cheshire based company Quartermaine Distribution has completed the acquisition of Scott Brothers Ltd, saving six jobs.


25 June 2020

Increased plant imports highlights the need to support UK horticulture

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is calling for the UK Government to address the growing need to support UK horticulture and with it, support a green economic revival post-Covid-19. 
24 June 2020

Worcester Bosch celebrates successful safe installer commitment

Since Worcester Bosch launched its 'Safe in Your Home Installer Commitment' on 1 June, as of 23 June, 2,935 installer companies have signed up to the scheme. It's estimated by the boiler manufacturer that by the end of June this will surpass 3,000 sign-ups. 
24 June 2020

HTA response to Government lockdown relaxation announcements

The HTA has responded to the UK's Government's announcement of further lockdown restrictions. 
23 June 2020

Dulux Decorator Centre brings colour to communities

Dulux Decorator Centre is marking 125 years of service to customers, colleagues and communities with a new initiative to support the nation through its current challenges. 
23 June 2020

Travis Perkins set to cut 9% of its staff

In total, the Group expects to reduce the number of colleagues by around 2,500, approximately 9% of the workforce. 
22 June 2020

Kingfisher bounce back in Q2 2020

Kingfisher PLC has recently announced its 2019/20 year end financial results, and its Q1 and Q2 2020/2021 summary. 
22 June 2020

spoga+gafa 2020 set to go ahead

spoga+gafa 2020 in Cologne, Germany, is set to go ahead from 6-8 September 2020. 
19 June 2020

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