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GIMA examines consumer trends

GIMA has confirmed that it will once again be partnering with leading trends intelligence agency, Scarlet Opus, to present an exclusive look at the future with the next Consumer and Design Trend Seminar (26 March 2020). 
21 February 2020

Worcester Bosch named as one of the top domestic appliances

Boiler manufacturer Worcester Bosch has been awarded sixth place in the YouGov Top 10 Domestic Appliance Brands, as recommended by their customers.  
21 February 2020

Homebase supports National Home improvement Month

Homebase has joined forces with The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) to support National Home Improvement Month 2020. 
21 February 2020

Scott Brothers are now partnership distributors of moisture and pest control specialists, Kontrol.

Leading housewares supplier Scott Brothers are now partnership distributors of moisture and pest control specialists, Kontrol. Founded over 40 years ago, Kontrol provide simple and effective home and garden solutions designed to tackle moisture ... 
21 February 2020

Haskins to be redeveloped

Haskins Garden Centre in Snowhill has opened its doors to customers following a £15million investment to create a new, enhanced centre. 
19 February 2020

Wales and the South Coast are DIY property sale hotspots

Where is home to the largest number of potential jobs based on the biggest proportion of existing property sales? 
18 February 2020

Travis Perkins launches accountancy apprenticeship

Travis Perkins has launched a new finance graduate scheme as part of its recruitment strategy and commitment to apprenticeships. 
18 February 2020

Bira offers statement to incoming Chancellor

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is asking the new Chancellor of the Exchequer to honour pledges made by his predecessor. 
17 February 2020

Leekes to headline BHETA Forum

BHETA’s next retailer networking forum takes place on 25 March and will feature Amanda Reed, Leekes’ Buying Controller. 
17 February 2020

Rainy Day Trust issues statement on Coronavirus outbreak

Rainy Day Trust, the charity which exists to help people who have worked in the UK’s home improvement and enhancement industry, has released a statement on the recent Coronavirus outbreak. 
17 February 2020

Job Vacancy - Business Development Sales Manager - Barrettine Products

The Opportunity: To work with a well-established brand and an experienced team. A key role in helping to develop new products and expand the existing Barrettine wood care/product range.Barrettine is looking for an experienced Business Development ... 
4 February 2020

James Donaldson group acquires Rowan Manufacturing and Smith & Frate

James Donaldson & Sons Ltd (JDS), has announced the acquisition of Rowan Manufacturing Ltd (RML) and Smith & Frater Ltd (S&F) from the shareholders of the Rowan Group. 
4 February 2020

Clothing and houseplants show growth in December

Clothing was a big seller at garden centres across the country during December (2019) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade report. 
4 February 2020

AkzoNobel achieves Certified Top Employer UK 2020 Status

AkzoNobel has been officially recognised by the Top Employers Institute as a Top Employer 2020 in the UK. 
4 February 2020

Squire’s Garden Centres wins ‘Best Marketing Campaign

Squire’s Garden Centres has won ‘Best Marketing Campaign in the UK Horticultural Industry’ at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual awards, which were held in Bristol on 26-29 January. 
3 February 2020

DIY tape scoops 'best in show' at Glee at Spring Fair

The third annual Glee at Spring Fair New Product Showcase Awards'  'the ‘best in show’ were selected by a panel of industry experts, with the winners being celebrated in a special awards ceremony. 
3 February 2020

Cautious MAC recommendation from HTA

The HTA has cautiously welcomed the findings of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report on A Points-Based System and Salary Thresholds for Immigration, which was published on 28 January 2020. 
31 January 2020

B&Q opens new store in Merton

B&Q launched its new convenience store in the Nelson Industrial Estate in Merton, south west London.
31 January 2020

Denys E. Head Ltd in final stage of sale to Haskins Garden Centres

Roger Head, managing director of Denys E. Head, has confirmed that he is in the process of selling the business, Forest Lodge, Garden Style and Birdworld, to Haskins Garden Centres and is working towards completing the sale over the next few weeks. 
31 January 2020

DIY retailers feature in UK's favourite brands

B&Q, Screwfix and Dulux Decorator Centre have topped the charts as the most loved DIY retailers in the UK, according to a new study of 96,000 consumers from Savanta. 
30 January 2020

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