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News Archive September 2020

Supporter shout-out: Greenfingers thanks Evergreen Garden Care for its ongoing support 29 September 2020

The Greenfingers Charity welcomes support from all corners of the garden retail sector, with many retailers and suppliers pulling together to help raise much needed funds. One such supplier is Evergreen Garden Care, which has once again dug deep to ...


Dulux Academy enhances range of colour training with new online ColourFutures workshop  29 September 2020

Dulux Academy has expanded the opportunities for decorators to upskill - by introducing a new Dulux Academy Live colour workshop dedicated to the 2021 ColourFutures palettes. The workshop builds on Dulux Academy’s commitment to provide the trade ...


The bathroom products market remains resilient during Covid-19 Pandemic 28 September 2020

The latest Bathroom market report from AMA Research highlights the impact of Covid-19 on the industry and how the future of these companies will be driven not just by the transferrable utilities of their products and services but by how they are ...


Toolstation store arrives in Chepstow 25 September 2020

Toolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing and largest suppliers of tools and more is pleased to announce the opening of its Chepstow store on Monday 21st September, bringing the Toolstation experience to local trade and DIY customers. Monday also ...


Houseplant sales bloom in July 25 September 2020

Sales of houseplants at garden centres across the country bloomed in July (2020) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade report. Compared with the same month in 2019, sales were up 81.82%. Iain Wylie, GCA Chief ...


Dickies celebrates inspiration in the trades 24 September 2020

Global workwear brand Dickies is calling on tradespeople to nominate someone whose work inspires them as part of a new campaign celebrating those who love what they do and take pride in their work. The global campaign, United by Inspiration, United ...


Kingfisher Group releases half year results ended 31 July 2020 23 September 2020

Kingfisher Group has released its half year results which show the business has faired well through the challenging first six months of 2020, with sales of just under £6b and gross profits of just over £2b, providing a margin of 37 per cent. ...


Gardening a lifesaver in lockdown, according to Squire’s Garden Centres survey 23 September 2020

Squire’s Garden Centres has released the results of their “Gardening during Lockdown” survey. The recent survey of over 3,000 people looked at how much gardening people did during lockdown in Spring 2020, what people planted then and what they will ...


Ivyline launches new online portal for retail customers 21 September 2020

Ivyline, the UK’s leading supplier of inspired collections for the garden and home, including indoor and outdoor pots, terrariums, firepits and water features, has made it even easier for its retail customers to access its bestselling ranges with ...


Zest 4 Leisure best in show at Glee 18 September 2020

Outdoor garden furniture, products and decorative garden structure specialist, Zest 4 Leisure has won the award for the best overall new product at Glee 2020 as well as winning three best in category prizes for growing containers, landscaping and ...


Nearly half the UK planning on decorating as lockdown boosts the nation’s spending power  17 September 2020

Two out of every five (42 per cent) UK households are planning on decorating their homes as lockdown lifts, a survey by Dulux Decorator Centre has discovered. While the coronavirus outbreak causes financial uncertainty for many, the research also ...


Land managers offered guaranteed income for tree planting after third auction of Woodland Carbon Guarantee is announced 16 September 2020

Farmers and land managers across England are encouraged to apply for the Woodland Carbon Guarantee scheme by 11 October, ahead of the next auction which will take place online between 26 October to 1 November.The Woodland Carbon Guarantee is a ...


Gas Safety Week: Checkatrade Top Tips 16 September 2020

As we head through Gas Safety Week which started on Monday 14th September, Checkatrade, the UK’s number one website for finding a tradesperson, has shared some top tips for homeownersHave your gas appliance routinely checked to ensure that safety ...


PATS New Product Awards to go ahead 15 September 2020

The organisers of PATS Telford are pleased to announce that the highly-prized New Product Awards will go ahead despite September’s show being cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.The awards, sponsored by pbwnews, will give suppliers and ...


How lockdown changed British attitudes towards our homes for good 14 September 2020

Many of us remember the DIY fever that gripped the nation during the UK’s lockdown – but new research released by B&Q has revealed the extent to which the last six months have fundamentally changed British attitudes towards our homes – ...


B&Q launches new ‘Build a Life’ brand campaign 14 September 2020

B&Q has launched a thought-provoking new brand campaign, rooted in the sentiment that ‘You don’t buy a life. You build one.’ The campaign celebrates the belief that anyone can change their home to make life better. The new strategic thinking, ...


Ivyline launches new online portal for retail customers 14 September 2020

Ivyline, the UK supplier of inspired collections for the garden and home, including indoor and outdoor pots, terrariums, firepits and water features, has made it even easier for its retail customers to access its bestselling ranges with the launch ...


Carl Kammerling Big Brand Deals 2020 promotion – packed full of exciting new offers! 11 September 2020

Carl Kammerling has launched its exciting new Big Brand Deals 2020 promotion - running from 1 September – 18 December 2020 - offering retailers and end users fantastic savings on over 200 products from all CKI brands including: C.K, C.K Magma, C.K ...


It’s going to be Gr-eight! Protrade gets set to hold popular annual tool show event… online 11 September 2020

Protrade, the East Midlands supplier of trade tools, will be holding its annual super-savings event between Friday 11 September and Monday 14 September.This year, however, the popular demonstration show, which usually attracts more than 1,500 ...


AkzoNobel continues to see improving trend in Q3 2020 10 September 2020

As the complex situation regarding the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, Akzo Nobel N.V. (AKZA; AKZOY) today provides an update on recent business performance.Market headwinds have continued to ease during recent months. Based on current ...


HMG launches colour box for distributors and customers 10 September 2020

Colour choice has never been easier for HMG Paints’ distributors and customers thanks to the launch of the new ColourBase Colour Box. The new paint colour identification tool presents over 2400 colour chips, displayed in chromatic order within 20 ...


How can homeowners make their properties more efficient through the green homes grant and what does the scheme mean for boilers? 9 September 2020

Home heating accounts for around 20% of all UK carbon emissions and to help bring this percentage down the government has launched the Green Homes Grant scheme. Through the scheme, homeowners can receive funding of up to £5,000 towards increasing ...


Glee Gathering – Just one week to go… 9 September 2020

See what’s in store… Explore curated product showcases from your favourite exhibitors, industry awards, exclusive content sessions and match-making opportunities. Tune in to Glee Gathering, a two-day programme bringing you the latest insights, ...


DIY projects soar in 2020 as holidays on hold due to coronavirus pandemic 9 September 2020

Latest research from DIY Retailers, The Makeover Centre shows that popular searches around ‘Home Improvement & DIY’ almost double in January to July 2020 compared to the same time period in 2019.The data is from Google’s Keyword Planner Tool for ...


Brand new spray range comes to Dulux Decorator Centre  9 September 2020

Dulux Decorator Centre has introduced a brand new range of spray products that promise to cut down labour costs helping decorators work FIVE times faster than traditional methods.Introducing the latest spray equipment from trusted brands such as ...


Rainy Day Trust launches leaflet to promote its Covid-19 support and announces new helpline number 8 September 2020

The Rainy Day Trust is continuing in the drive to spread awareness of its support during the COVID-19 crisis with the launch of a leaflet designed to appeal to businesses potentially at the beginning of any restructuring process.The charity has also ...


Woodlodge brings Glee to its Gloucestershire showroom 7 September 2020

With exhibitions off the agenda this year, garden trade suppliers are looking for alternative ways to showcase their latest product introductions ahead of the new gardening season. Not wanting its retail customers to miss out, Woodlodge, the UK’s ...


DIY Week Awards 2020 - Winners Announced 4 September 2020

The latest issue of DIY Week has just been published and can be read and downloaded from here. This issue includes a DIY Week Awards 2020 Special Event Supplement in which we reveal this year’s winners. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the ...


Squires Garden Centres offers some autumn gardening tips, trick & trends 4 September 2020

Autumn is the perfect time of year to plant, as the soil is still warm from the summer sun, which encourages root growth, and moist from autumn rain. Choose plants that will add instant colour and drama to your garden now, grow your own winter ...


Scholarship Season open for horticulture students  3 September 2020

Five horticulture scholarships are available from the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF). Students can get up to £2,500 to put towards their studies. DCF has awarded almost £100,000 over the past ten years towards study tours, work placements, ...


National Home Improvement month kicks off with a broadcast media fanfare 3 September 2020

The British Home Enhancement Association (BHETA)’s annual consumer-facing promotion, National Home Improvement Month (NHIM) kicked off on September 1 with a round of media on national and regional radio network interviews, highlighting the nation’s ...


Joy of Plants launches webshop integrations for Shopify, Bluepark & WooCommerce 2 September 2020

A plant information company has launched an update to its services to enable plant webshops to be created based on its plant library. Joy of Plants has more than 14,500 plant images & data within its library and retailers can now quickly and ...


Rise in ‘exposing brickwork’ searches reflects recent home DIY boom 1 September 2020

Search data from retailer Glowing Embers, has found a large increase in the number of people putting their DIY skills to the test with people tackling fireplaces in particular. Throughout lockdown, lots of people have been trying their hand at ...


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