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HTA launches ‘Keep Britain Growing’ Campaign

There is no doubt that coronavirus has had a devastating impact on British ornamental horticulture. However, lockdown has created an unexpected upside for the industry – which is that many more people have been encouraged into their gardens, ... 
14 July 2020

Eliza Tinsley relaunch, newly acquired, Reedy Pro and Greenman Garden Tools into the market place

Eliza Tinsley, whose history in manufacturing and selling high quality fencing and hardware products dates back more than 165 years acquired Reedy Supplies Ltd in February 2020, a third-generation family business and well established name within the ... 
13 July 2020

AkzoNobel delivers robust profitability during Q2, despite COVID-19 headwinds

Akzo Nobel N.V. (AKZA; AKZOY) today provides a further update on recent business performance and announces preliminary financial results for the second quarter of 2020:Revenue 19% lower at €1,987 million (2019: €2,451 million)Adjusted operating ... 
13 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 ... 
10 July 2020

Deck Supermarket opens its doors in Skegness

Leading decking supplier, Deck Supermarket opened the doors of their first high street store on Saturday 4thJuly. They will be supplying to the local parks and Skegness community - allowing customers to get their garden, caravan, and holiday homes ... 
10 July 2020

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

SEAMA joins BHETA

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

Travis Perkins announces trading update

Over the last six weeks, Travis Perkins has continued to open more of its branches under the safe, social-distancing working practices, in conjunction with customers, suppliers and construction industry bodies, as well as the UK Government. 
15 June 2020

Rainy Day Trust plan online fundraiser

Rainy Day Trust CEO Bryan Clover has announced plan of a social media fundraiser for the Rainy Day Trust organisation. 
12 June 2020

GIMA announces first virtual Buyer Connect session with Homebase

GIMA has announced that they are hosting a virtual Meet the Buyer session with Homebase to be held on Thursday 25 June 2020. 
12 June 2020

HTA launches Virtual Plant Awards

The HTA has received 48 entries for its Virtual New Plant Awards 2020. 
11 June 2020

AkzoNobel provides Covid-19 update

As the complex situation regarding the global pandemic continues to evolve, AkzoNobel remains focused on ensuring employee health and safety and maintaining business continuity, according to a recent company statement 
11 June 2020

Strong demand in lawn sector

Johnsons Lawn Seed, the UK’s oldest lawn seed brand, is reporting healthy sales of two of its most iconic consumer brands, despite the nationwide lockdown that gripped the garden trade during peak season. 
10 June 2020

The best and worst garden trends

The best and worst garden trends of all time have been revealed by leading tool firm Draper Tools - with bird feeders and vegetable patches among the good, and gnomes and fake grass among the bad. 
10 June 2020

Introducing The Grow Show

Kicking off summer in style, Glee Trade Show partners at Grow Your Own magazine have launched a brand-new virtual gardening event: The Grow Show. 
9 June 2020

Signs of recovery in DIY industry

Consumer spending contracted 26.7 per cent year-on-year in May, but positive signs are seen as more sectors adapt to social distancing restrictions to keep their doors open. 
9 June 2020
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