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News Archive August 2019

Dulux Academy launches wallpapering challenge 30 August 2019

Ahead of International Wallpaper Week (October 7-13), Akzo Nobel’s Dulux Academy is giving decorators the opportunity to create their very own wallpaper before putting their application skills to the test. Now in its third year, the Dulux Academy ...


Survey shows Brits want their bathrooms to get smart 30 August 2019

Homeowners looking to unwind in their bathroom space means they are seeking technologies to heighten their bathroom experience, taking lavatories, restrooms and water closets from humble necessity to the highlight of the home. Bathroom and shower ...


Hayes Garden World releases report promoting meat-free barbecues   29 August 2019

The award-winning Cumbrian-based garden centre has released a new report, as part of its campaign to promote meat-free barbecuing to customers. Brits are estimated to have 168.3million barbecues this year and Hayes Garden World has looked further...


The nation’s most Googled DIY questions 29 August 2019

With more than 1.2million searches made online for home improvement tasks via Google every year, Safestyle UK says the spirit of DIY is very much alive in the UK. The company looked at Google search data, analysing 1....


Vegtrug secures new UK headquarters 29 August 2019

The garden planter manufacturer has announced the recent acquisition of an additional 26,000sq ft warehouse and offices in Colchester, Essex to serve as its UK headquarters. The previous Vegtrug HQ - also in Essex - will be utilised as an online ...


Steady growth in the domestic furniture market 28 August 2019

AMA Research’s latest ‘Kitchen Furniture Market Report’ reveals that the total UK domestic furniture market has shown steady growth over the past five years, although this upturn has slowed as Brexit uncertainty weighs on consumer confidence.However,...


Research reveals nation’s biggest DIY bugbears when viewing a property 28 August 2019

Brits who had viewed several properties over the past year listed cracks or marks on walls, ceilings or floors as their biggest turn-off, followed by bathroom fixtures not working properly and worn-out kitchen cabinets.Urging homeowners to tackle ...


Garden centres see growth in plant sales in July 27 August 2019

The strong year for garden centre sales across the country continued in July, with year to date comparisons up on last year for all of the product categories reported. Despite the more unsettled weather this July, garden centre sales continued to ...


Al-Murad snaps up British Ceramic Tiles 27 August 2019

Hilco Streambank has announced the completion of the sale of the intellectual property assets of British Ceramic Tile Limited, which fell into administration in January, to Al-Murad, Britain's largest independent tile and natural stone distributor ...


Tile Mountain introduces national living wage for employees 27 August 2019

Following a “strong financial performance”, the Stoke on Trent-based tile retailer has announced it will pay all of its employees the minimum living wage from September 1. Explaining the decision to increase its workers’ pay, the company said it ...


Travis Perkins wins gold Ministry of Defence award 23 August 2019

UK building material supplier, Travis Perkins plc, has been recognised for its work supporting the Armed Forces with a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold award following the recruitment of over 600 service leavers across the Group since ...


John Lewis weekly sales drop by 2.8% 22 August 2019

The John Lewis department store saw its sales decline by 2.8% last week compared to the corresponding week last year.Home sales were also down, falling by 5.9% . However, the retailer’s House by John Lewis range was popular as students bought items ...


H&M HOME to open second store in Birmingham 21 August 2019

Swedish brand H&M HOME is to open a concept store in Birmingham, specifically selling homeware. The first standalone home store launched in London's Westfield in April 2019. Now, the brand has said it was a success and have plans to open a ...


Brits to make huge renovations to homes this bank holiday weekend 21 August 2019

New research from E.ON has revealed that a quarter (26%) of Brits will renovate or make repairs to their home this August Bank Holiday, and almost two in three (60%) would make their home projects more sustainable if they knew how to.Twice (40%) the ...


New associate members as BHETA adds to service provision 20 August 2019

BHETA has announced it has welcomed three new associate members to its roster of approved supplier companies.i-Corporate Risk Consultants Ltd (i-CRC) is an investigation company dealing in all aspects of corporate security and risk management ...


Wyevale sells Bournville Garden Centre to BGC 20 August 2019

Wyevale Garden Centres has today announced the sale of Bournville Garden Centre, which will be sold to British Garden Centres. This is the fourth transaction with British Garden Centres following the sale of one centre in December 2018, six centres ...


Scott Parnell opens new depot in Leeds 20 August 2019

Civil drainage supplies specialist, Scott Parnell has announced the opening of its new depot in Leeds, located at Intermezzo Drive, off Pontefract Road, Stourton.This will be the fifth branch for the company, which launched from its Witham Head ...


Patlock secures deals with key stockists 19 August 2019

Patlock – the fitted French door lock – has secured new listings with two prominent national retailers following its appearance on Dragons’ Den.In a major coup for Rectella International, whose Bar-Be-Quick brand holds the retail distributorship for ...


Tong opens new £2m play area at the centre 19 August 2019

The new indoor play area at Tong Garden Centre has created 39 new jobs for local people.Grass Hoppers indoor play has recruited 26 permanent and 13 seasonal team members to work in the state of the art 15,000 square feet indoor play area and the new ...


Poundland owner in talks over £3.6bn sale or float 16 August 2019

Poundland owner Pepkor Europe is reported to be considering a sale or flotation in September, as it looks to separate itself from parent company Steinhoff.According to the Times, Pepkor will look at a €4 billion (£3.66 billion) sale next month, ...


GCA supports members to reduce plastic waste 16 August 2019

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has announced it is encouraging its members to do what they can to help reduce the amount of plastic going to landfill. Two of its member centres recently worked with Herefordshire and Worcestershire authorities ...


Homebase could explore small format stores in high streets 15 August 2019

CEO Damian McGloughlin says 'nothing is off the table', from testing small-format outlets, to opening new stores in cities where existing Homebase branches have closed, as he hones his vision for Homebase and Bathstore.Speaking exclusively to DIY ...


Homebase secures three new concession partners 14 August 2019

Homebase has today announced deals have been signed with furniture and flooring specialist, AHF Furniture and Carpets, Denby, the Derbyshire based manufacturer of high-quality ceramics and homeware, and luxury bedding and bathroom brand Bedeck, to ...


Wyevale closes one centre, as Hillier snaps up another 14 August 2019

Family-run business, Hillier Nurseries Ltd has secured the purchase of John Browns Garden Centre just months after buying four Wyevale centres in a separate deal. Meanwhile, Wyevale has also announced the closure of another of its sites: Thatcham ...


Dulux Decorator Centre diversifies range with over 500 new products 13 August 2019

Following customer research, Dulux Decorator Centre has taken the decision to introduce hundreds of new products across its branches, bringing a host of new suppliers on board, from specialist paints to cleaning products.The move follows a ...


Screwfix expands network with two store openings in one day 13 August 2019

The omni-channel retailer is ploughing ahead with expansion plans, opening trade counters in High Wycombe and Northallerton earlier this month. Both new branches - on Finkills Way in Northallerton, and Tannery Road Trade Park in Loudwater, High ...


Toolstation continues roll out and extends opening hours at Scottish branches 13 August 2019

Having opened four new branches since mid-June and with plans for another four by the beginning of September, Toolstation’s expansion shows no signs of abating. Plus the trade chain has just announced an extension to the opening hours of its branches ...


Vacancy rate hits four-year low, as high street footfall drops 12 August 2019

The latest figures from Springboard reveal, at 10.3%, the town centre vacancy rate in July was the highest since January 2015, whilst the high street recorded a 2.7% decline in footfall for the month.Shopping centres experienced the biggest fall in ...


Chelsea garden is rebuilt at Tong Garden Centre 12 August 2019

A Chelsea Flower Show garden has been rebuilt at the centre that donated its plants. The plant team at Tong Garden Centre sourced and supplied over 600 plants for LAND, a multi-sensory garden and textile installation and buyer, Steve Smith is ...


Home sales down but customers still updating their space, says John Lewis 9 August 2019

The department store business posted a 7.1% fall in sales of home products last week but believes consumers are still refreshing their homes with decorative touches, as sales of rugs jumped 17%, whilst mirrors and art were up 4% and 6% respectively....


Tile Giant launches new concept store in Staines 9 August 2019

Tile Giant has announced it has launched a new concept store format in Staines on August 2, inspired by home decor high street brands. Enlisting the help of award winning retail design agency Stamp, the new store has been designed to strike a ...


Homebase Bournemouth set to close 9 August 2019

The home improvement retailer has confirmed the store on Mallard Road will cease trading this autumn but shuts down rumours that its Horsham outlet is at risk, adding that the business “is confident in the future of Homebase Horsham”.The ...


Wyevale sells Findon Garden Centre to former manager 8 August 2019

Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) has announced the sale of Findon Garden Centre to Findon Garden Centre LTD (FGCL), a new company set up by the current WGC Findon Garden Centre manager and his partner, Chrissie Chaplin. The sale is expected to complete ...


Wilko opens in Acton 7 August 2019

Wilko has opened its doors at The Oaks Shopping Centre. The company said queues outside the new store started forming at 7.45am with more than 148 shoppers keen to get a first look at the new wilko store.The first 100 customers received a goody bag, ...


Online construction materials retailer celebrates 220% growth in just three years 6 August 2019

Cmostores.com is continuing to see rapid expansion, with 2018 sales jumping 44% - boosted by new acquisitions – and continuing its trend of record growth, with new web stores in the pipeline. The online construction materials firm, which rebranded ...


Consumer spend left languishing despite summer sun 6 August 2019

July records lowest retail sales growth on record, as consumers “remain disengaged” in the face of Brexit uncertainty and slow wage growth, with both physical and online non-food stores struggling.Sales increased by just 0.3% in July, against an ...


Stax acquires MP Smith & Co 5 August 2019

Wholesale business Stax Trade Centres has, today, announced the completion of a deal to buy hardware and ironmongery manufacturer MP Smith and Co Ltd, which has been a supplier to Stax for more than three decades.The purchase is a strategic move by ...


Sofa.com launches new contract collection 5 August 2019

The furniture manufacturer and retailer – bought by House of Fraser owner Mike Ashley in June - has expanded its commercial offer by launching its first-ever contract collection, with a view to meeting demand from the growing trade and contract ...


London Homebuilding & Renovating Show returns to ExCeL 5 August 2019

The number of new homes registered to be built within the London region has reached more than 5,500 - a 58% increase compared to 3,549 last year - according to recent reports from The National Housebuilding Council.To help identify, appraise and ...


Squire's opens environmentally friendly children's area in Milford 5 August 2019

Squire’s Garden Centre in Milford has announced it has opened a brand new environmentally friendly children’s play area. Utilising FSC wood, it contains a seesaw, slide, multiplay unit, plus nature boards to help children identify birds and trees....


Screwfix secures deal to become first ‘official partner’ of Sky Sports Football 2 August 2019

The thriving DIY and trade business has expanded its six-year relationship with Sky even further by signing a sponsorship deal for the forthcoming 2019/20 season and becoming the first-ever official partner of the Sky Sports Football channel.The ...


New customers help boost Pets at Home revenue in Q1 2 August 2019

The pet supplies retailer posted a strong start to the year, with retail revenue up 8.7% to £266.4million and omni-channel growing at a pace, as the business introduces more customers to its pet care offer, and takes “a greater share of their ...


Wyevale sells three more centres and closes two 2 August 2019

Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) has announced the sale of Bridgemere Garden Centre and Bridgemere Nursery to Blue Diamond, and Cheltenham Garden Centre to Webbs Garden Centres.The acquisition of Bridgemere Garden Centre and Bridgemere Nursery increases ...


Sales of single-use carrier bag fall dramatically across UK’s largest retailers 1 August 2019

New figures show sales of single-use bags by England's seven biggest retailers continued to fall in 2018/19, with uptake down 90% since introduction of 5p charge in 2015.According to the report from DEFRA, Asda, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, ...


Ideal Shopping Direct to broadcast live on ITV 1 August 2019

Multi-channel home shopping retailer, Ideal Shopping Direct, has partnered with ITV to broadcast live shopping hours from Ideal World, on TV channel ITV1 from today.This partnership will allow Ideal Shopping Direct the opportunity to broaden the ...


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