Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

News Archive March 2019

Debenhams secures £200million funding for refinancing 29 March 2019

Following criticism by House of Fraser and Sports Direct boss, Mike Ashley as his offer to buy Debenhams was snubbed, the department store business announces it has secured funding for its refinancing package.This morning, Debenhams confirmed that ...


BHETA announces management re-structure 29 March 2019

Following the trade association’s recent investment in Brooke House , making it the outright owner of the Exclusively shows BHETA has announced plans to accelerate its member engagement programme and will “re-organise its management structure accordingly”....


Dyson and Shark settle out of court 28 March 2019

The home technology manufacturers have issued a joint statement following an out-of-court settlement over an advertising dispute.The joint statement, issued last week, read: “Dyson and Shark can confirm that their High Court dispute over certain Shark ...


Ikea opens doors to new Bromley Planning Studio 28 March 2019

The new-format store, which specialises in helping customers to plan and order kitchens and bedroom storage, officially opened today.The Bromely outlet is the second city-centre store London, following the launch of its first Planning Studio on ...


Bord na Móna launches first fleet of branded lorries in the UK 28 March 2019

The horticulture business welcomed a new fleet of 15 branded lorries, in a bid to boost brand awareness in the UK, as the company embarks on what it describes as its “most promising season in the UK market to date”.The 44-tonne lorries, which can ...


Lyte Ladders bought by BREAL Capital 28 March 2019

Lyte Ladders has confirmed that following an accelerated sale process, the Lyte business assets have been sold to BREAL Capital Limited and the company has been trading as Lyte Ladders and Towers Limited, from 24th January 2019, when it was made ...


Cmostores.com launches trade rewards scheme 27 March 2019

The online builders' merchant has launched a new trade arm offering rewards for customers of its specialist online superstores.Now, trade customers of cmostores.com will be able to benefit from the company’s new loyalty programme which offers a wide ...


Dulux reports surge in sales of water-borne paints 27 March 2019

Dulux Trade has reported a significant shift in tradesmen’s buying behaviour, with sales of interior water-borne paint up 13% in 2018 vs 2017, against a 3% year-on-year decline in sales of traditional solvent-borne paints.The surge in sales reflects ...


The Range set to open new head office this summer 26 March 2019

The home, leisure and garden retailer has announced a summer opening for its new head office in Plymouth, which looks set to create up to 450 new jobs.The new store is already open and has been “very well received by customers who have enjoyed ...


DC Fix and Stax sign exclusive distribution deal 26 March 2019

Stax Trade Centres have signed an exclusive distribution deal with existing supplier partner, d-c-fix. Continuing a 15-year partnership, the deal sees Stax awarded official distribution rights over the 60 lines of self-adhesive veneers and film ...


Screwfix celebrates more store openings 26 March 2019

Screwfix has announced a successful launch of its store opening, the 4th store to open in Coventry. The store in Henley Industrial Park, officially opened its doors on March 7 2019 with hundreds of eager customers ready to stock up on the latest ...


Sales of outdoor plants soar in February 25 March 2019

UK garden centres reported a 61% surge in sales of outdoor plant last month, helped by the milder weather this spring, with garden sundries and sales of seeds and bulbs also showing increases.The positive start to 2019 continued into February as ...


Wilko becomes headline sponsor of Great British Spring Clean 25 March 2019

Hardware and housewares chain Wilko has signed up to be the headline sponsor of The Great British Spring Clean 2019.Organised by the Keep Britain Tidy charity, this year’s Great British Spring Clean – which kicked off on March 22 and runs to April ...


Instagram launches 'checkout' 25 March 2019

Users can now buy products from major brands without leaving the social media app and will only need to enter their details the first time they check out. Whilst the service is currently only available in the US and on selected brands, the social ...


Veteran gold medal winner set to return to RHS Chelsea Flower Show 25 March 2019

11-times medal winner, Medwyn Williams will make a return to Chelsea in May year after a nine-year absence. Mr Williams will, once again, set up in the Grand Pavilion to exhibit his award-winning vegetable display, with the support of sponsors, ...


Report finds worrying discrepancies in retailer price strategies 25 March 2019

Following suggestions that retailers are failing to recognise the value of effective pricing, a new report has revealed concerning discrepancies in pricing strategies in UK retail.Figures showed that, despite more than a third of retailers (34%) ...


Sainsbury’s and Asda commit to £1billion of grocery savings 22 March 2019

Sainsbury's and Asda have recently submitted to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) its responses to the CMA's Provisional Findings and Notice of Proposed Remedies, following a damning report, suggesting possible action would be made to ...


Kingfisher CEO to step down as profits dive 20 March 2019

Owner of DIY giant B&Q, and Screwfix, Kingfisher plc reported further hits to its profit as an announcement from the group confirms CEO Véronique Laury will step down from her position and the Board will ensure a "orderly transition". A ...


Plantscape opens second nursery 19 March 2019

Plantscape has developed a new nursery site in Yorkshire in response to rising demand for its self-watering planters and hanging baskets by towns, cities, In Bloom groups and BID organisations across the UK.The new 10,000 sq ft facility in York will ...


Bord na Móna boosts its credentials with triple award win 19 March 2019

Bord na Móna has added three new ‘Best Buys’ to its credentials, across both branded and own-label products, following a triple award win in the latest Which? compost trials. Since 2010, the company has won significantly more awards than any other ...


Local business D.W. Nye renamed 19 March 2019

Kingsfold based builders’ merchant D.W. Nye has been renamed the business as NYEs Building Supplies. The rebrand follows the company’s recent announcement that it will be expanding the existing facilities with the addition of a new 1000m2 warehouse ...


Timber doors supplier celebrates carbon neutral accreditation 18 March 2019

XL Joinery, supplier of wooden doors and associated products, has announced it has officially been recognised and certified as a Carbon Neutral company due to a sustained commitment to significantly reducing its carbon footprint.The accreditation, ...


Better Bathrooms bought out of administration 18 March 2019

It has been confirmed by Phil Pierce and Gary Blackburn from specialist business advisory firm FRP Advisory LLP that the assets of BetterBathrooms (UK) Limited have been sold to Buy it Direct Ltd. Better Bathrooms is said to be the largest ...


Success of Homebuilding & Renovating Show displays opportunities in the market 18 March 2019

The first South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2019 "defied expectations" despite the stuttering UK climate by attracting 50% more visitors than anticipated. The event, which took place for the first time between 18-20 January 2019 at ...


Building Supplies Online launches garden and outdoor categories 18 March 2019

Aiming to capitalise on the busy spring market and with plans to double its turnover this year, Building Supplies Online has launched two new categories covering paving, garden and outdoor products. The offer is aimed at a broad range of customers, ...


Debenhams gives Mike Ashley loan “careful consideration” 15 March 2019

The department store chain confirmed receipt of Sports Direct’s proposal to provide a 12-month unsecured loan of £150million, under the condition that Mike Ashley is named CEO and director of the business. Debenhams says it will engage with all ...


DIY Week announces awards compere 15 March 2019

Iranian comedian and writer, Shappi Khorsandi will host the annual DIY Week Awards, set to take place on Friday, May 10 in London. Shappi first grabbed the comedy world’s attention with her original sell-out Edinburgh show, ...


BHETA secures raft of new members, as its trade conference is branded a hit 15 March 2019

Sodastream, Abus, Jafco Tools, and Smartwares are the latest companies to join the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), as the organisation receives overwhelmingly positive feedback about its latest event.The Future for International ...


Scott Parnell plans to expand its Milton Keynes branch 15 March 2019

Civils and drainage supplies specialist Scott Parnell has announced it will be expanding its Milton Keynes branch.As a result of significant growth at the business, the company has acquired additional space at its current location on Colts Holm Road ...


UK kitchen market set for £50million boost this year 15 March 2019

A new report suggests kitchen sales will rise by £50million in 2019, despite ongoing challenges for the £3billion kitchen products industry.Based on kitchen suppliers’ data, the research by MTW Research found that higher-value rigid kitchen cabinets,...


Last chance for early-bird rate for Global DIY Summit 15 March 2019

This is the last week to take advantage of the discounted rate, so register today and receive up to 300Euros off the price of attending the global networking event set to take place in Dublin June 5-7.Representatives from across the world will come ...


Surge in sales of wildlife cameras 14 March 2019

One in three Brits say they’ve been inspired by TV documentary series, leading to an uplift in sales of wildlife cameras, with one retailer Laptops Direct recording a 160% jump.Inspired by TV series, such as Dynasties, Blue Planet and Springwatch, ...


Bransford Webbs is now a zero to landfill business 14 March 2019

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company has announced its environmental credentials and have achieved the BS8555 accreditation for environmental management for ten consecutive years, having first achieved this important certification back in 2008. Its ...


Ikea UK announces opening date of new planning studio in Bromley 14 March 2019

Ikea UK has announced today that the new Planning Studio in Bromley will open on Thursday March 28 2019. Ikea Bromley will be the retailer’s second Planning Studio to open in London, following on from the opening of its first on Tottenham Court Road ...


DIY Week Awards finalists announced 13 March 2019

The judging for all retailer and supplier categories has now taken place and the shortlists can now be revealed in full. The overall winners will be announced at the DIY Week Awards lunch on Friday, May 10 ...


Kingfisher becomes first major retailer to ban metaldehyde 13 March 2019

Parent company of B&Q, Kingfisher plc, has today announced it will stop selling products that contain metaldehyde across its 1,200 stores and replace them with environmentally-friendly alternatives. The move follows three years of collaboration ...


Frost launches new webshop 13 March 2019

Frosts Garden Centres has renewed its transactional website prior to the start of the 2019 spring season, in order to tie in with the retailer’s new-look branding and garden stores.The family-run garden centre group teamed up with online marketing ...


Argos launches visual search to connect catalogue and online channels 12 March 2019

The general merchandise retailer has introduced a new AI-enabled visual search service in the Argos IoS app, which allows customers to shop for homewares and furniture using images on their smart phone. Users simply take a photograph or upload a ...


Debenhams confirms refinancing in the wake of Mike Ashley wrangle 11 March 2019

The department store chain announced it is in talks with lenders about a £150million refinancing package, following House of Fraser owner Mike Ashley’s attempt to take control by ousting board members and appointing himself through a shareholder ...


The DIY jobs Brits plan to tackle this year 11 March 2019

With 63% of consumers planning a home improvement project this year, what DIY jobs do they feel confident enough to tackle on their own and what will they be leaving to the professionals?A new study by Anglian Home Improvements found that homeowners ...


Smart heating controls expected to drive high levels of growth to 2022 11 March 2019

According to the latest Domestic Central Heating market report (2018-2022) from AMA Research, smart heating controls are likely to take market share from conventional heating controls in the longer term.In 2017, it is estimated that around 30% of ...


Year-on-year drop in retailers using third-party marketing channels 8 March 2019

Use of third-party platforms like Amazon, Ebay and Google has dropped amongst the UK’s top 250 retailers, despite new figures that nine in 10 shoppers buy from Amazon and more than half presume Amazon has the cheapest prices ...


Hartley Botanic teams up with the RHS 8 March 2019

Historic Greenhouse and Glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic has begun a new partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society this year, in support of its annual School Gardeners of the Year competition. The Lancashire-based business will give ...


Natuzzi strengthens European expansion with UK openings 6 March 2019

Furniture retailer, Natuzzi has opened its Editions store at the Cardiff Retail Gate Retail, one of the most prestigious furnishing mall located within the residential district of Pontprennau, in the heart of Cardiff Gate business park.The space has ...


Cmostores.com doubles turnover following KCP investment 5 March 2019

The online construction materials firm, which rebranded as cmostores.com last month, has continued its rapid growth, reporting a 100% uplift in turnover since the investment by private equity house Key Capital Partners (KCP) in 2017.Last year, the ...


Better Bathrooms goes into administration 5 March 2019

It has been announced that Better Bathrooms has made 325 staff redundant and closed all its showrooms, trade counters and warehouses.Phil Pierce and Gary Blackburn from specialist business advisory firm FRP Advisory LLP, were appointed as joint ...


Wyevale announces sale of Barnett Hill and Seven Hills centres 5 March 2019

It has been revealed that Barnett Hill will continue to operate as a garden centre under its new owners; Seven Hills has been sold to a development firm, with employees set to lose jobs within the next six months.Barnett Hill has been sold to Cherry ...


Opportunities in lawncare after last year’s heatwave 5 March 2019

Johnsons Lawn Seed is warning that the nation’s lawns will need extra TLC this spring, if grass is to recover from the extreme conditions experienced during last summer’s heatwave and drought.Gardeners must overseed and feed lawns this spring, to ...


Building Supplies Online celebrates National Apprenticeship Week 5 March 2019

This week is National Apprenticeship Week, a five day celebration of the great work that companies and apprentices are achieving together across the UK. The campaign gives both companies and apprentices the opportunity to showcase the benefits that ...


*

Latest reader comments

re: Carl Kammerling Fusion 2021 Trade Promotion – Filled with exciting new deals!

MIKE
GOOD AFTERNOON,WE USED TO DEAL WITH YOUR COMPANY MANY YEARS AGO, BUYING LARGE STOCKS OF DELETED AND RETURNS ITEMS.IF YOU HAVE ANY CLEARANCE ...

re: Toolbank

Bilal Ali
Hi Trust you are doing great. My name is Bilal Ali. I am the owner of Azaan International Ltd, a company specialized in products. We are ...

re: Woolworths staff reunited by new website

John Zullo
Hi I'm trying to find Lisa assistant manager of woolworths in the metro centre 1999 I only now her by her 1st and middle name Lisa Marie ...

re: Planning application submitted for new Homebase store in Abingdon

Gel
They closed their store last year!http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17570442.homebase-abingdon-starts-closing-sale/...

re: Latest update on Green Homes Grant and implications for homeowners and landlords

John Hart
After applying for a green homes how long will it take for a decision? thanks...

Most read stories