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DIY Week Awards 2020 - Entry deadline extended - 10 February

This year’s DIY Week Awards are fast approaching, and with a number of new sponsors having committed to the event, it’s shaping up to be the best yet! Joining Home Hardware (presenting Home and Kitchen Product of the Year), who committed to the ... 
20 January 2020

Two new Screwfix stores to open

Screwfix is celebrating the opening of two new stores – in Bingham and Lincoln. 
20 January 2020

New trademark to protect home improvement consumers

A new Financial Protection Panel of independent experts and industry representatives has been formed by TrustMark, the Government Endorsed Quality scheme, to assess the financial protection available to consumers looking to undertake any home improvements, repairs, maintenance or energy efficiencies in or around the home. 
20 January 2020

AMES UK invests 1.5million in acquisition of Kelkay

AMES UK has demonstrated its confidence in the team and the future growth of the business by funding a £1.5m investment in warehousing and logistics as well as new packaging machinery, all of which has been installed since August 2019. 
20 January 2020

GCA conference in aid of Greenfingers

Garden centre and horticultural industry staff can now sign up for a fundraising event being held at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference (26-29 January). 
17 January 2020

Homeowners abandoning DIY according to Checkatrade

Research from Checkatrade.com, the UK’s leading online trades directory, has found that more than 85% of the public have sought tradespeople to do odd jobs around the house over the last 12 months. 
17 January 2020

Plant Finder to include ‘houseplants for every room’

A new section dedicated to houseplants has been launched on Joy of Plants’ Plant Finder software. 
17 January 2020

Home Hardware (Scotland) 2019 turnover up 3.22%

Home Hardware Scotland has just released its 2019 figures, showing an increase of 3.22% like-for-like on the previous year. 
17 January 2020

Squire’s Garden Centres has announced the winners of its “Made A Difference” awards

Squire’s Garden Centres has rewarded some of its employees for making a difference to the business. 
16 January 2020

Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) to launch new safety seminar at FIT

The Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) has announced that it will be launching a new safety seminar this year at the 2020 FIT Show at the NEC in May. 
16 January 2020

Satisfactory Christmas trading reports from Theo Paphitis Retail Group

Theo Paphitis Retail Group has announced Financial Year End 2019 Results and provided a Christmas Trading Statement, which it describes as " a Resilient Group performance amid challenging conditions". 
16 January 2020

AkzoNobel completes share buyback

AkzoNobel has repurchased 300,764 of its own ordinary shares in the period from 30 December 2019, up to and including 3 January 2020, at an average price of €90.92 per share. The consideration of the repurchase was €27.35 million. 
8 January 2020

Toolstation extends opening hours

Toolstation branches are now open until 8pm on weekday evenings. 
7 January 2020

Screwfix celebrates 40 years

Omnichannel retailer, Screwfix turned 40 in December 2019. 
7 January 2020

Showroom success for Lakes with Jewson

National builders’ merchant Jewson has recently updated its showroom in Flitwick to include Lakes’ new Bay Series and premium stone resin trays, Lakes Stone 
7 January 2020

GCA members to compete for Worrall Cup

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) can put their marketing campaigns and initiatives to the test as part of the organisation’s annual Worrall Cup competition (January, 2020). 
6 January 2020

New Chief Customer and Digital Officer for Kingfisher

Kingfisher, the international home improvement company, has announced the appointment of Jean-Jacques (JJ) Van Oosten as chief customer and digital officer. 
6 January 2020

GIMA launches Knowledge Exchange programme

GIMA’s Knowledge Exchange programme will begin 2020 with the return of the ‘Developing Selling Skills’ session. 
3 January 2020

Electricians rate UK's friendliest tradespeople

My Job Quote surveyed 1,482 British people to discover who they believe to be the friendliest tradespeople. My Job Quote found that the majority of those surveyed rate electricians (75%) as the friendliest tradespeople. 
3 January 2020

Record sales for Squire's

Squire’s Garden Centres has published their financial results for the year ending 31 July 2019. It was a year of record sales; turnover increased by 15% to £57m, helped by excellent weather conditions throughout the peak season. 
3 January 2020
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