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Hyve Group announces changes to its 2020 show calendar - Glee and Pawexpo 2020 will offer a virtual forum this September

Hyve, the organiser of Glee, the UK’s leading garden and outdoor living trade show, and the co-located Pawexpo, the premium pet trade show that cares about pets, people and the industry, has announced changes to the scheduled event in 2020. As a ... 
6 August 2020

BEAMA hopes that the Green Homes Grant scheme can be the start of long-term plan for high quality green refurbishment of UK homes

The recent announcement by the government of the Green Homes Grant Scheme is a welcome boost to manufacturers whose products are included, given the current economic uncertainty.BEAMA hopes that this approach can now be used as a basis for a longer-... 
6 August 2020

HMG Paints have island of Jersey covered with new distributor - Decorare Jersey

Newly launched Painting & Decorating Merchant, Decorare Jersey are supplying painters and decorators across the island of Jersey with HMG Paints decorative coatings range. From interior coatings to fence and shed paints, they have it covered.“... 
5 August 2020

Quality assurance at heart of new £2 billion green homes grants

Tradespeople are urged to sign up for TrustMark accreditation as part of the new Green Homes Grant scheme. Builders, plumbers, and other tradespeople across England will need a government-backed seal of approval to provide their services as part of ... 
5 August 2020

New plants in HTA Virtual Awards added to Joy of Plants’ library 

A plant information company has updated its library with photos and descriptions of the entrants from The Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) Virtual New Plant Awards. Every year Joy of Plants assists in validating entries for the awards and it ... 
3 August 2020

John Lewis offers its progressive ‘Better Jobs Programme’ to all UK suppliers

Today, John Lewis & Partners has announced that, following a successful trial, it is rolling out a new progressive supplier engagement programme called ‘Better Jobs’ to all of its 120 UK manufacturing suppliers. The purpose of the 'Better Jobs ... 
3 August 2020

DIY disasters - experts reveal the DIY jobs that can knock TENS OF THOUSANDS off a property's value

Converting a bedroom could reduce your market value by 20% (nearly £50,000 off the average house). With the UK property market starting to pick up, many Brits will be sprucing up their homes ahead of potential sales. But property experts are warning ... 
3 August 2020

GCA and GIMA join forces to enable better communication between garden centres and suppliers

A new joint initiative between the Garden Centre Association (GCA) and The Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association (GIMA) has launched to enable debate and communication between retailers and suppliers (July 2020).A programme of joint virtual ... 
31 July 2020

Doing it themselves: Nearly half of brits have made improvements to their homes during lockdown

Research by new bank Zopa reveals nearly half of Brits (43%) have made home improvements during or after lockdown and a further 44% plan to by the end of the year. A new study has found that 2020 is going to be a bumper year for home improvements, ... 
30 July 2020

Holiday homes on the rise: Homeowners set to make nearly £1bn from staycationers

Holiday homes are the latest trend to arise from lockdown, suggests new research from UK’s leading trade directory Checkatrade,* with 30% of Brits considering letting their homes out to staycationers this year. They stand to make a potential £986 ... 
29 July 2020

Trade fair trio makes face-to-face meetings possible with its protection and hygiene concept

With B2B business, it is particularly important to establish personal contacts and discuss solutions as well as experience products at first hand - this is the only way to achieve business objectives. These aspects are therefore also the ... 
29 July 2020

Surprising health benefits of DIY & gardening revealed in national campaign from Draper Tools

Leading tool firm Draper Tools has lifted the lid on the consumer health benefits and the calories burnt during a range of home improvement jobs. A national campaign is underway to promote the health and wellbeing benefits of DIY and gardening and ... 
28 July 2020

HTA and Gerald Eve continue to campaign on Scottish garden centres ratings after recent successes

James Barnes, HTA Chairman, and Gerald Eve, the HTA’s preferred partner on rating advice in Scotland, recently attended the Scottish Ratepayers Forum as part of the ongoing campaign to tackle the rates issues faced by garden centres in Scotland. The ... 
27 July 2020

Carl Kammerling’s Commitment to Supporting Retailers Proves a Big Hit

CKI’s commitment to supporting retailers continues with the further extension of its fantastic Free UK carriage offer, which has proved a big hit with retailers looking to revive their business and drive sales during these challenging times. This ... 
27 July 2020

Gen Xers drive home renovations, Houzz survey finds

Gen Xers (ages 40-54) accounted for two in five renovating homeowners in 2019 (42 per cent), according to the annual Houzz & Home UK survey of more than 7,500 UK respondents. Baby Boomers (ages 55-74) and Millennials (ages 25-39) follow in ... 
27 July 2020

Traeger sees UK sales soar in 2020

More time at home and warm early summer months have been the perfect recipe for a huge boost in Traeger sales in 2020 - with sales of their 100 per cent natural hardwood fuel grills rising by over 350 per cent. Traeger - the grilling experts, who ... 
27 July 2020

IronmongeryDirect reports record sales figures

IronmongeryDirect has reported its most successful month in history, with June seeing record figures for both order numbers and revenue.With many people turning to DIY during lockdown, the UK’s largest supplier of ironmongery experienced an 80% year-... 
24 July 2020

Unwanted tools to help change lives in Africa

Following the launch of RGB Building Supplies’ Tools for Africa appeal in January, the builders merchant is thanking trades and the community for helping to donate 15 bulk bags full of preloved tools which have been passed to South West-based ... 
24 July 2020

Survey: Nearly 8/10 plan to staycation in their own homes and gardens

Despite packed campsites and busy roads, new research has found that an overwhelming number of us are planning to holiday in our homes and gardens rather than at tourist destinations across the UK.The research by Aurora for Forest Garden, the UK’s ... 
23 July 2020

Kingfisher releases Q2 pre-close update

Kingfisher plc (‘Company’, ‘Group’ or ‘Kingfisher’) is today providing an update on Q2 trading ahead of its Half Year results for the period ending 31 July 2020.Q2 trading to 18 July.As announced on 17 June 2020, Kingfisher’s Q2 20/21 Group LFL ... 
22 July 2020
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