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News Archive December 2018

Sponsors line up to support the DIY Week Awards 18 December 2018

First industry names to come on board to support the May event include Home Hardware Southwest, Zep Commercial and the British Home Enhancement Association (BHETA).The 2019 DIY Week Awards will take place on Friday, May 10 at the Tower Hotel in ...


Ikea's most sustainable store to open in Feb 17 December 2018

The Swedish retailer’s new 32,000sq ft sustainable store in London’s Greenwich will open its doors to the public on February 7.Ikea has described the new outlet as “a beacon of sustainability for Ikea in the UK” and has been designed as “a meeting ...


DIY Week Awards: Deadline for entries extended 14 December 2018

Retailers and suppliers will now have until Friday, January 18 to get their entries in online ...


Traditional Christmas trees face competition 14 December 2018

An increasing number of British consumers are shunning the traditional Christmas tree in favour of premium topiary as some species are in short supply in the UK, says one tree retailer. UK online garden centre GardeningExpress.co.uk has revealed a ...


John Lewis sales slip, as promotions taper off 14 December 2018

The department store chain recorded a second week of declines in the aftermath of its Black Friday promotions, which saw the business record the biggest sales week in its history.John Lewis reported a 5.1% dip in sales last week, with home the worst-...


What More reports boost to exports business 14 December 2018

The Lancashire manufacturer, which produces plastic household products, has seen a boost in international contracts, thanks to “a global trend for buying British” and the support of the Made in Britain organisation, which provides an official marque ...


D.W. Nye to expand its premises 14 December 2018

The independent Sussex builders’ merchant has started major expansion works at its Kingsfold depot, near Horsham.The improvements will see the addition of a brand new warehouse and office facility to cater for D.W. Nye’s growing customer base. Large ...


Ikea UK to open new Planning Studio in Bromley 13 December 2018

Due to open in Spring 2019, the new 900sq m Planning Studio forms part of the Swedish retailer’s ongoing city centre approach and will specialise in helping customers to plan and order bedrooms and kitchensIt will be the second of the new store ...


Construction firms admit involvement in illegal cartel 13 December 2018

Derbyshire-based Stanton Bonna Concrete Ltd and Somerset-based CPM Group Ltd have admitted breaking competition law by taking part in a cartel and now face fines from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).The CMA provisionally found that three ...


Strong trading continues at Leekes Retail & Leisure Group 11 December 2018

Leekes Retail and Leisure Group, based in South Wales, has reported another year of strong results. The family-run business which has been operating for over 120 years advised that the excellent trading reported in the year to 31 March 2018 had ...


Tong Garden Centre announces £4million investment 10 December 2018

Staff and management at a Bradford garden centre have announced it has secured planning permission for the next stage of its plans for growth.Bradford Council's Regulatory and Appeals Committee unanimously voted to approve Tong Garden Centre's £4 ...


Amazon looks to open first check-out free store in Britain 10 December 2018

Amazon is reportedly planning to introduce its first checkout-free store in Britain as it looks to expand its high-tech experience for shoppers. Bosses are eyeing up sites near Oxford Circus in London for the ‘Amazon Go’ shop – its high-tech retail ...


Utopia Bathroom Furniture transforms deliveries with new mobile technology 7 December 2018

Bathroom manufacturer, Utopia Furniture Group has rolled out a new five-in-one cloud-based system that combines mobile apps - including electronic proofs of delivery (POD) and vehicle tracking - with a customer relationship management system (CRM)....


Apprenticeship Levy sees number of apprenticeships plummet 7 December 2018

Apprenticeship starts are falling because of the Apprenticeship Levy, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), which believes the tax scheme needs to be made more flexible.The FMB’s reaction is in response to statistics published this month by ...


Clas Ohlson to move to online-only format in UK 6 December 2018

The Swedish retailer has announced plans to close all stores in the UK and Germany and focus on internet retailing, blaming a weak retail climate and the cost of developing a strong digital presence. The move is expected to deliver a £6.5million ...


Homebase agrees concession partnership with Tapi 6 December 2018

Homebase has announced it has signed a concession partnership with Tapi Carpets & Floors, the nationwide flooring specialists.The partnership will see Tapi concessions open in a significant number of Homebase stores across the UK. The first ...


Vanishing gardens and landscapes threaten UK future 5 December 2018

Experts warn of the negative impact it will have on the economy and the health and wellbeing of society, as the UK’s gardens get smaller, with nearly a quarter of new homes not having a garden at all.A report by Oxford Economics for the Ornamental ...


Perrywood wins gold at FreeFrom Eating Out Awards 5 December 2018

After being shortlisted in the 2018 FreeFrom Eating Out Awards, Perrywood Tiptree garden centre has announced it has won a gold award for the category ‘Newbies’ at the 2018 FreeFrom Eating Out Awards. The garden centre is home to an award-winning ...


Dobbies reports double-digit sales growth following head office shake-up 5 December 2018

The garden centre chain said it enjoyed six consecutive months of year-on-year sales growth of more than 11% this financial year, after a fall in sales and profits in the year after it was sold by supermarket giant Tesco. Dobbies recorded a 1.5% ...


Wyevale announces sale of Wellingborough and Wolds View centres 4 December 2018

Wyevale Garden Centres (“WGC”), the UK’s biggest garden centre operator, today announces the sale of two centres. Wellingborough has been sold to Higgins Landscape and Garden Centres Limited (part of Higgins Building Supplies Limited), and Wolds ...


Travis Perkins to review struggling DIY chain, Wickes 4 December 2018

Wickes parent company, Travis Perkins, has announced it will begin a comprehensive review of the business and look to simplify the model in order to "improve returns."The company has said the fundamental long-term growth drivers of the business remain ...


Barton Grange and Castle Gardens named national winners of GCA Christmas competition 3 December 2018

Barton Grange Garden Centre and Castle Gardens have been announced as the national winners of the 2018 Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual Christmas competition. The garden centres were judged to have the best festive displays in the country by ...


Juliana Group relaunches Halls greenhouse brand 3 December 2018

Greenhouse manufacturer the Juliana Group, formerly known as Eden Halls Greenhouses in the UK, is set to relaunch its classic Halls greenhouse brand. Timed for the spring 2019 season, the relaunch comprises a new graphic expression and logo for the ...


Varta launches Christmas ad 3 December 2018

Varta Consumer Batteries is the latest brand to release its Christmas TV ad in the run-up to the big day, investing in an advertising campaign that it expects to reach an audience of more than 18 million consumers during the peak-selling period.The ...


New regional property show offers insight into the trade 3 December 2018

Brits in the South East are among the highest to overestimate the role of its tradespeople, with over 40% of them expecting contractors to design or plan the work as well as carry out the job in hand. However, around 60% of tradespeople have said it ...


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