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News Archive March 2020

HTA announces payment holiday 30 March 2020

Recognising the difficult period for garden industry businesses through this unprecedented time the HTA has announced a three-month subscription payment holiday for all members. 

LifestyleGarden supports retailers during lockdown 30 March 2020

LifestyleGarden has taken steps to ensure that extensive stock of its product portfolio is readily available to its customers including those set-up with transactional webstores,in a bid to meet consumer demand during the nationwide lockdown.

Gima awards cancelled 30 March 2020

The 40th Annual GIMA Awards have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Burg-Wächter offers community support during Covid-19 crisis 27 March 2020

Burg-Wächter has today announced it is amending its unique outreach scheme that offers support to community causes.  

Evergreen Garden Care launches Coronavirus statement 27 March 2020

Evergreen Garden Care, the leading garden care company outside North America, has released a company statement regarding the current Covid-19 crisis.

Concern over government rescue package for self-employed workers 27 March 2020

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has welcomed tonight's rescue plan for the self-employed. but has raised concerns that many of its members still won't benefit.

Flymo inspires children to get gardening 27 March 2020

Over 180,000 families have tuned in this week to Flymo’s daily Facebook Live videos with gardening TV presenter and podcaster Lee Connelly, aka Skinny Jean Gardener.

Supporting the Rainy Day Trust during the Covid-19 crisis 26 March 2020

Bryan Clover, Rainy Day Trust chief executive officer, has issued a plea to industry members to help support the charitable organisation. 

National Home Improvement month postponed 26 March 2020

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has postponed its annual DIY and garden industry consumer promotion, National Home Improvement Month, until later in the year in the light of the Covid-19 crisis. 

HTA Plant Show cancelled 26 March 2020

The HTA National Plant Show has been cancelled.

Tramontina wins best display stand at Spring Trade Show 25 March 2020

At Home Hardware’s Spring Trade Show on Tuesday 10 at Westpoint Arena, Exeter, Tramontina won Best Display Stand.

AkzoNobel launches ultimate rust-busting metal paint 25 March 2020

A new wave of water-based paint is being launched by AkzoNobel for the metal protection market.

Measure to protect customers from John Lewis 25 March 2020

Waitrose has today backed the Government’s plea for social distancing by announcing a set of strong, new measures to help its customers shop safely and to protect its Partners

Latest Christmas decoration trends revealed by Premier Decorations 25 March 2020

Rose gold and pink have seen the biggest rise in sales of Christmas trend colours over the past few seasons, and there seems to be no sign of it stopping – they are selling well again this year, and it certainly seems that once again that we have ...

Lockdown closes builder's merchants 24 March 2020

A number of builder's merchants have closed their doors, following the Prime Minister's lockdown due to the Covid-19 virus. 

Travis Perkins close stores in response to Covid-19 24 March 2020

Nick Roberts, CEO Travis Perkins, has issues a statement regarding the Covid-19 crisis. 

Support needed for independents says Bira 24 March 2020

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is calling for immediate access to financial support for the small business owners effected by the Government-imposed lockdown of the country.

John Lewis shops to close temporarily 23 March 2020

The John Lewis Partnership has taken the decision to temporarily close all of its 50 John Lewis shops at close of business on Monday 23 March as a result of the impact of coronavirus. 

Garden centres see spike in online sales due to Covid-19 23 March 2020

Garden centres are using upgraded website software that recommends not only plants to gardeners but also care products as sales of gardening goods soar in the wake of Covid-19.

John Lewis announces measures to support customers and the vulnerable 20 March 2020

The John Lewis Partnership, which includes Waitrose, has today announced new measures to help its shops meet the needs of customers with a particular focus on the elderly and the vulnerable.

Homebase launches major new campaign starring Gary the tortoise 20 March 2020

Home and garden projects retailer Homebase has unveiled its new Easter campaign

Travis Perkins provides Covid-19 update 20 March 2020

The Group's trading performance in 2020 has been in line with expectations, with solid trading in the Merchanting businesses and a strong start in Toolstation and Wickes.

Grand Designs Live rescheduled 19 March 2020

In light of expected new guidelines surrounding COVID 19, Grand Design Live, which was due to take place from 2- 10 May 2020 in London, has now been rescheduled to take place from 22-31 August 2020 at London’s ExCeL. 

Bira welcomes abolition of business rates in Scotland 19 March 2020

The Scottish Government's move to temporarily abolish business rates in a bid to minimise the impact of coronavirus has been welcomed by the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira).

Next announces results for year ending January 2020 19 March 2020

Next Plc has announced its results for its year ending January 2020. Next brand full price sales were up 4.0% and brand total sales (including markdown sales) were up 3.5% on last year. 

Bira moves to support small businesses in Wales 18 March 2020

The Welsh Government's plan to temporarily reduce - or abolish - rates for some small businesses has been welcomed by The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira). 

Homelux joins the campaign for National Home Improvement 18 March 2020

Homelux is supporting National Home Improvement Month 2020, encouraging UK homeowners to think about how they can make one change as part of their DIY plans this April. The campaign also aims to give retailers and manufacturers the chance to ...

Rainy Day Trust update on Covid-19 18 March 2020

The Rainy Day Trust has released a statement on the recent flooding and Covid-19 pandemic.

Dulux Decorators Centre wins gold accreditation 18 March 2020

One of the UK’s leading paint retailers has retained a prestigious 'We invest in people' Gold accreditation from Investors in People.

BHETA meets the Met 17 March 2020

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) responsible knife retailing steering group has met with the Metropolitan Police Business Care Hub.  

Bira in favour measures to limit impact of coronavirus on Scottish businesses 17 March 2020

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is backing new measures by the Scottish government to help limit the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses.

DIY SOS BBC Children in Need special comes to Nottingham 17 March 2020

DIY SOS, BBC One’s popular property renovation show, will head to Nottingham later this year to take on a one of a kind build that will benefit a local charity, Community Recording Studio (CRS). 

Worcester Bosch's comment on the Budget 16 March 2020

Boiler manufacturer Worcester Bosch has responded to last week's Budget.

Kingfisher provides an update on COVID-19 pandemic 16 March 2020

Kingfisher has provided an update on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its business, along with the measures it is taking to actively manage the risks to its customers, colleagues and operations. 

Survey suggests DIYers prefer going it alone 16 March 2020

An independent survey carried out by online furniture retailer Furniture Choice has revealed the real preferences of the UK when it comes to carrying out DIY in the home, and it seems the secret to success is to leave your partner out of it.

A guide to construction safety for home builders 15 March 2020

By Chris Pendrey, SHEQ Manager at Actavo Direct

Screwfix enlists Dedicated Customers for latest campaign 13 March 2020

Following the ‘Legends of the Game’ campaign last year, Screwfix have called on its dedicated customers to bring to life their latest TV campaign.

The Retail Mutual offers support to independent businesses due to Coronavirus 13 March 2020

In the latest Budget on 11 March, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, warned that up to 20% of the UK’s workforce could be off at any one time due to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

National building show postponed over Coronavirus fears 13 March 2020

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show is postponed due to concerns about Coronavirus.

HTA comments on Budget 12 March 2020

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak delivered the Government’s first budget since the election. As expected many of the announcements focused on providing support to the economy in dealing with coronavirus.

Bira responds to Budget 12 March 2020

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has welcomed the Chancellor's emergency package to help small retail businesses amid the coronavirus crisis.

Worcester Bosch named Best Domestic Boiler Manufacturer 12 March 2020

Worcester Bosch has been announced it has been named as the UK’s Best Domestic Boiler Manufacturer in Build Magazine’s 2020 Home and Garden Awards, following glowing feedback from the publication’s awards research team.

New partnership between IKEA and Tmall 11 March 2020

IKEA and Tmall, Alibaba’s B2C marketplace has announced the grand opening of IKEA’s flagship store on the platform. 

AkzoNobel has launched its Digital Report 2019 11 March 2020

AkzoNobel has launched its digital Report 2019, which highlights the company’s continued progress during another successful year of transformation, innovation and investment in the future.

Pre-budget comment from the HTA 11 March 2020

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, will deliver the Government’s first budget since the election today (11 March 2020).

Dulux Decorator Centre launches charity initiative 10 March 2020

Garden therapy sites in Birmingham, outdoor play areas in London and beach huts in Brighton have all been transformed using the power of colour as part of a year-long programme of charity initiatives by Dulux Decorator Centre.

The Budget: investment needed for a net zero economy 9 March 2020

The Chancellor must be bold, imaginative and use his Budget to lay the foundations for a net-zero carbon economy and action to future-proof new homes and retrofit existing properties, according to the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Bira's five-point plan to save shops 9 March 2020

A five-point plan to Save Our Shops (SOS) has been issued by the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira).

FEDIYMA becomes HIMA 9 March 2020

The former European Federation of DIY Manufacturers (fediyma) has rebranded as the Home Improvement Manufacturers Association (HIMA), with an expanded range of benefits for members. 

Squire’s Garden Centres donates 300 trees 6 March 2020

Squire’s Garden Centres has donated 300 Silver Birch trees to local parks and green spaces as part of its ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign.

New paint collection between Crown Paints, Elle Decoration and Homebase 6 March 2020

Homebase has been exclusively selected to be the only home and garden projects retailer in the UK to stock the new paint collection from the world’s leading design magazine, Elle Decoration and Crown Paints

Notcutts and Thrive launch wellbeing resource 6 March 2020

Reducing stress and anxiety by connecting to the therapeutic power of gardens and nature is the target of a new campaign being launched.

National Children's Gardening Week launched 5 March 2020

National Children’s Gardening Week (NCGW) promotes gardening to the general public and encourages garden centres across the UK to hold events throughout the week of 23-31 May 2020. 

Dobbies partners with SmartPlant 5 March 2020

Dobbies has partnered with specialist plant care app, SmartPlant.

Bira calls for Coronavirus business fund 5 March 2020

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is calling for the Treasury to set up an emergency business fund to help those affected by coronavirus. 

Creating a Ripple at Elliotts Builders Merchants 4 March 2020

Retail interior and display specialist Ripple has transformed Elliotts builders’ merchants’ Ringwood branch in Hampshire

Homebase announces partnership with Dwell 4 March 2020

Homebase has announced it has signed a new partnership with lifestyle brand, Dwell.

HTA launches E-learning app 4 March 2020

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is very excited for the launch of its E-learning app this spring – The HUB. 

Greenfingers product displays to drive Garden Re-Leaf day 3 March 2020

With Garden Re-Leaf Day on the horizon (13th March 2020) now is the perfect time for garden retailers to think about how they’ll be supporting the annual fundraising event. 

Positive trading results in 2019 for Travis Perkins 3 March 2020

Travis Perkins Group produced a positive performance in 2019 against a challenging market backdrop

New ecommerce director for Kingfisher 3 March 2020

Kingfisher has announced the appointment of Sue Harries as group ecommerce director.

New dates for Hardware Fair announced 2 March 2020

The International Hardware Fair, which was postponed this year, has a new date. It will be held 21-24 February 2021 in Cologne.


BHETA to host Credit Forum 2 March 2020

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is holding its next Credit Forum on 24 March to include its regular update on all current credit and risk management issues in the retail sector. prepares for Ocado split 2 March 2020

Waitrose is starting a national online roll-out programme, adding its online delivery service to 24 more of its shops across the country. 


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