Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

Latest News

Adapting sanitisation needs is key for retail

Garden centres have led the way in getting UK retail back on track as the coronavirus pandemic lockdown is eased. Now that garden outlets have been open for two weeks, many have successfully adapted sanitisation and social distancing operations to allow safe trading to resume. 
4 June 2020

Parks and gardens to reopen

Following clarification from government on 23 May that gardens in England could reopen to visitors, the garden attractions of Historic Houses – Britain’s largest collection of independent heritage – are carefully opening their garden gates 
4 June 2020

Waitrose, John Lewis and Vitality team up for health and wellbeing workshops

Waitrose, John Lewis and health and life insurer Vitality is launching a series of free virtual workshops focused on health and wellbeing, exclusively for myWaitrose and myJohn Lewis members. 
3 June 2020

Travis Perkins appoints Emma Rose as new group HR director

Travis Perkins has announced the appointment of Emma Rose as the Group’s new HR director with immediate effect. Rose joins the business from Kerry Foods, where she was HR Director. 
3 June 2020

Worcester Bosch launch Safe in Your Home Installer Commitment

Worcester Bosch, has launched a new initiative to support installers and homeowners for work undertaken in the home. 
2 June 2020

Home improvements thrive in lockdown

A new Aviva study gives a glimpse into home life under lockdown, with properties and homeownership aspirations all impacted. 
2 June 2020

Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show Inspires Brits to Get Gardening

For the first time in its history, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show went virtual this May, due to the physical show being cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 
1 June 2020

Rainy Day Trust urge new donations

Bryan Clover, CEO at the Rainy Day Trust, has released a statement on behalf of the organisation: 
1 June 2020

London decorating and hardware merchant extends hours to meet increased demand

A London decorating and hardware merchant will extend its opening hours from next week after reporting a surge in demand for products from professional tradespeople and DIY enthusiasts during lockdown.Leyland SDM, which has 23 branches across the ... 
29 May 2020

John Lewis announces shop reopening plan

John Lewis will begin to reopen its shops for customers as part of a gradual approach from Monday 15 June, starting with its Poole and Kingston department stores, followed by 11 others on Thursday 18 June. Depending on the response from customers ... 
29 May 2020

What More UK announces new building works

What More UK, the organisation behind the famous home storage brand Wham, has announced the latest in a series of multi-million pound investments at their Altham manufacturing site. The new development will provide 26,000 sq. ft. of extra ... 
29 May 2020

HTA launches new app

The HTA has launched a new mobile app, to give horticulture businesses access to up-to-date industry information, resources, and training opportunities. The HTA app can be downloaded for free on any smart device. It has an extensive library of ... 
28 May 2020

Garden centres to reopen in Scotland: Response from the Horticultural Trades Association

The Scottish Government has announced that garden centres will be allowed to reopen on or after May 28, as part of Phase 1 of its strategy for exiting lockdown. Scotland is currently out of line with the rest of the UK, and one of the last ... 
27 May 2020

The return of retail, but not as we know it

Non-essential retail stores will re-open in less than three weeks, but how will Britain's retailers fare in the post-Covid landscape? Founder of shopping app Ubamarket discusses why stores must go beyond cleanliness guidelines and offer a more ... 
26 May 2020

Fiskars’ annual Happiness and Wellbeing Study

Fiskars has released the results of its annual Happiness and Wellbeing Study, which analyses consumer insight into gardening and its beneficial effect both on physical and mental wellbeing. The results are more poignant than ever due to this current ... 
6 May 2020

BHETA launches packaging campaign ahead of proposed legislation

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has launched a campaign to support supplier members on all issues arising from forthcoming legislation on packaging.Its opening move was to lobby Government on an extension to the consultation ... 
5 May 2020

Wickes stores reopen - Doing it right, safely

In a first step towards getting back to normal following the government’s Covid-19 lockdown, from April 30 Wickes has reopened six of its stores: Pudsey, Cheltenham, Preston, Sevenoaks, Cricklewood and Hailsham are now open to the public.In addition ... 
4 May 2020

HTA launches Safe Trading Guidance for Garden Centres

To support the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) campaign to reopen garden centres, a guidance document has been produced to ensure all garden centres open in a safe manner for staff and customers alike – should the Government formally announce ... 
1 May 2020

Next releases trading statement

Next has announced its Trading Statement covering first quarter sales performance for the period 26 January to 25 April 2020. 
29 April 2020

BHETA launches member webinar

Following considerable uptake of its online member support services during the Covid-19 pandemic, BHETA is launching a series of webinars on a range of issues arising from the crisis. 
29 April 2020

What do you think?

As the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown is eased and people gradually emerge from their isolation and start shopping again, DIY Week is keen to know whether you are ready to reopen and what preparations you've made in order to adhere to the latest government guidelines.
So are you ready to reopen?

Latest reader comments

re: A guide to construction safety for home builders

Daniel Wood
Safety should always be the first priority. If followed properly, these precautions are all we need to tackle all unwanted accidents. I ...

re: Further Homebase closures ahead

Shaun Collorick
Cheltenham homebase has closing down signs outside, but not Gloucester homebase.... Yet!...

re: B&Q sales slide, as Screwfix decision to exit German market costs millions

B&Q bob
No surprises from us on the shopfloor management paralysed by fear of jobs and to weak to take chances so bumble around. Ranges boring, and ...

re: Further Homebase closures ahead

Miss l'a tesha gc Wilson
Please keep me updated regards all Store closures Thank you...

re: Graham Bell to head up B&Q as part of Kingfisher reshuffle

Peter Earl

Most read stories