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News Archive November 2019

Celebrating excellence: Introducing The DIY Week Awards 2020 29 November 2019

The key networking event for the DIY, home improvement and garden market, the annual DIY Week Awards will take place at the Tower Hotel, London, UK, on Friday 1 May 2020.

Homebase launches affordable Christmas tree range 29 November 2019

Homebase has announced its prices on all 5-7ft Nordman real Christmas trees, which are available from £15 ahead of the festive period. Available in-stores, this deal is available nationwide until stock lasts.

Horticultural 'Oscars' announced 28 November 2019

Held at The Savoy, London, on Thursday 21 November, the Garden Media Guild Awards were attended by more than 350 of gardening’s industry professionals including DIY Week's editorial team.

HTA promotes National Tree Week 28 November 2019

As part of this week’s National Tree Week activities (23 November – 1 December), the HTA has partnered with The Tree Council and the Daily Mail newspaper to use the National Garden Gift Voucher scheme to encourage tree sales through HTA member businesses.

First speaker confirmed for GCA 2020 conference 27 November 2019

Environmentalist Trewin Restorick has been announced as the first speaker booked for the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference in Bristol in January. The event takes place from 26-29 January 2020.

Study finds £13,000 is spent on home improvements in first year of ownership 27 November 2019

British homeowners spend more than £13,000 on home improvements in the first year of purchasing a new home, according to new research.

Positive retail figures for houseplant and pet categories 26 November 2019

The changeable wet Autumn weather of 2019 may have dampened outdoor plant sales in October, but houseplant and pet categories performed particularly well this month. Houseplants saw an increase of 39% compared to October last year, and pets and aquatic sales were up 31% in month to month comparisons.

Vitax grows soldier charity fund 26 November 2019

The sale of one of Vitax’s leading gardening products has helped to grow the funds of a national charity by over £11,000.

BHETA hosts 'Meet the Buyer' day 26 November 2019

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) held another of its 'Meet The Buyer' retail networking days with home and hardware retailer, Wilko and welcomed 55 suppliers to West Retford Hall in Nottinghamshire for over 100 appointments with members of the buying team.

Snape & Sons celebrate winning 'Retailer of the Year' 25 November 2019

Craig & Cheryl Snape of Snapes & Sons Home Hardware are celebrating having been announced as winners of 'Home Hardware Retailer of the Year' at Home Hardware's Convention on Saturday 16 November 2019.

The Telegraph select Amtech as a key brand of interest 25 November 2019

DK Tools Limited and its Amtech brand, has been identified and selected by The Telegraph Business Club for its senior business community, as one of 15 cross-industry companies to watch out for in 2020.

Wood Awards 2019 winners announced 24 November 2019

The winners of the annual Wood Awards were announced at a ceremony held on the 19 November at Carpenters’ Hall in London hosted by Priya Khanchandani, editor of Icon magazine. Established in 1971, the Wood Awards is free to enter and aims to ...

Houseplant sales grow again 22 November 2019

The UK's love for indoor plants shows no sign of diminishing according to the Garden Centre Association (GCA), as new research claims most flatsharers own at least one houseplant each.

B&Q unveils completely new kitchen offering 21 November 2019

B&Q has unveiled its new kitchen offering - the first completely new range of kitchens to be launched by the home improvement brand in 10 years - as well as a new instore experience and digital tools to help customers create the kitchen of their ...

Industry prepares for Jewson Live 21 November 2019

Jewson Live  is returning to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, UK, for a fifth year this December.

Wheelbarrow firm stars in 'Made in Britain' 21 November 2019

A Walsall wheelbarrow company shared the secrets of its success in this week's Made in Britain. Made in Britain on ITV4 is narrated by actor and comedian Ricky Tomlinson and is a tribute to the army of makers, inventors and innovators that make Great Britain, a manufacturing success.

Price candles wins best display at Home Hardware 21 November 2019

At Home Hardware’s Convention Trade Show on Friday 15 November at The Woolacombe Bay Hotel, Woolacombe, Prices Candles was voted the ‘Best Display Stand’, earning Chris Adams (National Sales Manager) and Michael Hollings (Sales Agent) a cash prize of £100 and a plaque. Dave Gosling and Gordon Griffiths of Eddingtons received the runners up prize of £50.

Greenfingers to work with Rainbows Hospice 20 November 2019

Greenfingers Charity, the only UK charity that designs and builds gardens in children’s hospices, has designated funds to extend and update the Remembrance Garden at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People in the East Midlands.

Pleasing sales report from Howdens 20 November 2019

Howdens has delivered a "robust trading performance" according to the company, which includes the October/November trading period, against a strong comparator for the same periods last year.

Disappointing Q3 results for Kingfisher 20 November 2019

Quarter three sales for Kingfisher for 2019 were registered at £3 billion, down 3.2% in constant currency. Lke for like growth (LFL) was also down 3.9%, which the company has attributed to disruption from new range implementations, lower promotional ...

Timber Focus partners with Homebase 19 November 2019

Timber cladding provider, Timber Focus, has partnered with Homebase to bring its range of products to the UK DIY Home Improvement sector. 

B&Q launches Christmas tree sales 19 November 2019

As the sun rises on the start of the Christmas tree harvest in Aberdeenshire, UK, a specialist team of growers have begun the task of preparing Christmas trees for sale in B&Q stores across the country.

HTA pledge new sustainability roadmap 19 November 2019

At the Cultivating Retail conference taking place on 19 November in Nottingham, HTA chairman James Barnes will announce a commitment to develop an industry-wide environmental sustainability roadmap.

BMI helps Children in Need keep young people safe 18 November 2019

When homeless and vulnerable young people in Blackburn need help, they turn to Nightsafe, a local charity which offers them a caring and supportive environment to keep them safe from harm at critical times in their lives.

Revealed: The towns and cities taking the biggest gas safety risks 18 November 2019

Experts are warning homeowners and landlords across the UK to check their gas appliances in the run up to Christmas with carbon monoxide poisoning, gas fires and even explosions due to faults in their heating systems potential risks that have ...

HTA request a pragmatic approach from Defra on plant passporting implementation 14 November 2019

With the new plant passporting regulations coming into force in less than a month, the HTA has requested that Defra operate a common-sense approach to implementation. The suggestion is that a 12 month grace period is introduced where no penalties ...

Charity Concert at Squire’s in Washington 14 November 2019

Squire’s Garden Centre in Washington is holding a charity concert featuring “Bang Tidy” on Tuesday 10th December from 8-9pm.Squire’s very own centre manager Chris Dartnell will be on drums, and the band will be playing party music including Queen, ...

'Midnight Blooms' wallpaper collection captures the moody floral trend 13 November 2019

The set of new murals that put a twist on floral design are home decor's answer to the dramatic trend that's currently captivating the fashion world.The Midnight Blooms collection by MuralsWallpaper features moody floral motifs in romantic jewel ...

The rise of the DIY do-nots 12 November 2019

DIY skills in danger of dying out as only a third of the UK feel confident at DIY in their homes.From painting and flooring to changing fuses and lightbulbs, it seems the rise in home inspiration and decorating hasn’t done much for our DIY skills – ...

What More UK Urge Manufacturers to Export their British Brand 11 November 2019

Buying British has benefits for people and organisations all over the world, and the Made in Britain logo gives buyers the reassurance they need. Tony Grimshaw OBE and Director at What More UK Ltd is a man who knows more than most about the export ...

Christmas Tree Wonderland to dazzle Bournemouth once again in 2019 8 November 2019

Following the extraordinary success of the inaugural Christmas Tree Wonderland Festival in 2018, Bournemouth is again getting ready to stage a magical, mystical and memorable event from November 15th 2019 – January 2nd 2020.There is just a week to ...

Your chance to meet wholesalers and distributors from Sweden, Switzerland and Iceland 8 November 2019

Gardenex and PetQuip are holding the latest in their successful ‘Meet the Buyers’ events at their offices in Brasted, Kent, at the end of this month.British suppliers can apply to have one-to-one appointments with the buyers, each 25 minutes long, ...

Worcester Bosch pledges support to ‘Time to Change’ movement 7 November 2019

Worcester Bosch has announced its support to the Time to Change Employer Pledge, which aims to change the way people think and act about mental health in the workplace.With one in four British workers affected by conditions like anxiety, depression ...

Go far with a tree production travel scholarship 7 November 2019

A chance of a lifetime for a travel scholarship awaits a student who is passionate about tree production, as part of the David Colegrave Foundation Scholarship Season.Majestic Trees, a leading tree nursery specialising in the production of mature ...

Homebase partners with Neptune to support its focus on providing the best customer service  6 November 2019

Homebase, one of the UK's largest home improvement and garden retailers, has partnered with Neptune Software a leading provider of ‘low-code’, rapid application development software.Homebase has chosen Neptune’s DX Platform to support the ...

Renovating can cost UK homeowners £68k less than upsizing to a bigger home 5 November 2019

Research by tradesperson comparison site,, has looked at where across the nation homeowners are better of buying in order to upsize and where it’s more cost-effective to fork out for a DIY upsize extension. looked at the price ...

Home Design Predictions for 2020 from Houzz 4 November 2019

With 2020 on the horizon, leading platform for home renovation and design, Houzz, has shared its top home design trend predictions. With a community of millions of homeowners and home renovation and design professionals around the world, Houzz has ...


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