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News Archive January 2021

Reedy Pro and Greenman Garden Tools celebrate a year of trading under hardware heavyweight Eliza Tinsley 29 January 2021

Eliza Tinsley, whose history in manufacturing and selling high-quality fencing and hardware products dates back more than 165 years, acquired horticulture and garden tool businesses Reedy Supplies and Greenman Garden Tools in February 2020. ...


Carl Kammerling International launches its exciting Highlight 2021 promotion 29 January 2021

Running until 30 April 2021, Carl Kammerling International’s exciting Highlight 2021 promotion offers retailers and consumers fantastic savings on its leading range of C.K Magma tool storage solutions. Working with trade professionals gives C.K ...


Screwfix continues to invest in its people as it reaches £2bn in sales 28 January 2021

Omnichannel retailer Screwfix has reached a number of landmarks over the past year with a continued focus on its colleagues and customers. As sales reached £2bn in the year to January 2021, Screwfix has opened 30 new stores, taking the total number ...


Dulux partners with THG to launch Heritage range at Homebase 28 January 2021

Dulux, the UK’s largest paint manufacturer, today announces they will be working in partnership with THG plc, the global technology platform company, and Homebase to manage and develop a bespoke launch site for its new Heritage range, which will be ...


Design trends: Lagom vs Hygge – How to update homes in 2021 to integrate the latest Scandinavian trends 28 January 2021

Countries around the world have developed a fascination for the Danish concept of Hygge, which has been tagged in nearly 7 million Instagram posts. However, while Hygge still remains hugely popular, a new Scandinavian lifestyle trend is on the rise —...


BHETA launches new membership package aimed at electrical appliance suppliers 27 January 2021

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has launched a new membership offer aimed at supplier companies offering any kind of home enhancement or home improvement product powered by mains electric or battery. Called BHETA Electrical, ...


Cleaning up Brighton's littered beaches 26 January 2021

Recycling company, ReWorked (www.reworked.com) have happily begun a collaborative project to help clean up the fishing & angler waste littering Brighton's beach fronts. The Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme (https://www.anglers-nlrs.co.uk/) ...


UWLA urges KBB retailers to realise benefits of unified water label 26 January 2021

Yvonne Orgill, MD at the The Unified Water Label Association (UWLA) is urging KBB retailers to realise the benefits of promoting bathroom products that carry the Unified Water Label to consumers.Yvonne says, “Research has shown that consumer ...


Everbuild lays the foundations for a successful new year 25 January 2021

Everbuild, a Sika company and a leading name in the sealant, adhesives and building chemical market, is keeping its customers firmly in focus by continuing to invest heavily in the development of its product range and service offering over the next ...


It’s a full house for DJ Turfcare as its Lawn Boost receives RHS endorsement 22 January 2021

DJ Turfcare is celebrating as it has been confirmed that its latest lawn innovation – organic-based Lawn Boost - has received endorsement from the leading gardening charity, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). This recent update means that the ...


New leisure centre ‘tones up’ with Crown Trade 22 January 2021

The refurbishment of a community leisure centre in Wiltshire has been given a paint finish that is more than fit or purpose, thanks to leading paint manufacturer Crown Paints. The creation of the new Calne Community Campus will provide a variety of ...


Home improvements to make in 2021 22 January 2021

With the 2020 home improvement trend continuing, this article looks at some of the home improvements you can make that will enhance your space. Read on to discover the home improvements we recommend you consider as this year’s project.Upgrade your ...


First impressions count: The impact of a front door on a home’s kerb appeal 21 January 2021

September 2020 was a month of records for the UK housing market. The stamp duty holiday triggered the highest number of residential property sales ever agreed in a month. When selling or looking to purchase a house, first impressions really do count....


How The Greener Gardening Company is exceeding its own peat-free expectations 20 January 2021

Already the UK’s largest peat-free growing media manufacturer, The Greener Gardening Company has confirmed that it is currently exceeding its own expectations, with almost 60% of its product portfolio set to be peat-free in 2021, up from 20% in 2019....


BiKBBI unveil big plans for 2021 with support from Quooker 20 January 2021

At a special online event held yesterday, The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) announced Quooker as the latest industry brand to support the organisation, with a specific focus on accelerating plans for work ...


Peugeot Frères Industrie and Licensing Matters Global launch worldwide licensing partnership 19 January 2021

Licensing Matters Global (LMG), a London-based, leading global licensing agency, has announced a long-term partnership with Paris-based Peugeot Frères Industrie, a Peugeot Family Group subsidiary in charge of the continued expansion of the Peugeot ...


Right to regenerate proposals could favour custom builders 19 January 2021

Empty garages, council houses and land could be a thing of the past under new proposals launched by the government this week.The proposals would allow individuals or communities to challenge councils to release land and empty buildings for ...


Cat launches first rugged smartphone with full antibacterial protection 18 January 2021

Bullitt Group, the global licensee for Cat® phones, has announced that the Cat S42 has been enhanced by advanced antimicrobial product protection, making it the first anti-bacterial phone. Every exterior component of the product has been treated ...


CT1 and Wickes seal a deal 18 January 2021

CT1, sealant and adhesive, has secured a major new agreement with Wickes, which will see the nation’s favourite ‘Snag List Eliminator’ stocked nationwide at its 250+ stores.CT1 is a British made advanced formula sealant, which has quickly become the ...


Kingfisher issues Q4 pre-close trading update 15 January 2021

Kingfisher plc has released an update on its Q4 trading to date.Q4 trading to 9 JanuaryAs announced on 19 November 2020, Kingfisher’s Q3 20/21 Group LFL(1) sales were up 17.4%, while Q4 20/21 Group LFL sales (to 14 November)(2) were up 12.6%.Since ...


HTA Market Update shows impact of rollercoaster year in 2020  15 January 2021

Last year saw the ornamental horticulture industry cope with a year of extraordinary crisis and change amidst tough coronavirus restrictions across much of the UK and particularly in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.In its Market Update for ...


It’s a full house for DJ Turfcare as its Lawn Boost receives RHS endorsement 15 January 2021

DJ Turfcare is celebrating as it has been confirmed that its latest lawn innovation – organic-based Lawn Boost - has received endorsement from the leading gardening charity, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). This recent update means that the ...


Cmostores.com expands portfolio with acquisition of Total Tiles 14 January 2021

Disruptive online construction and home improvement products retailer CMOStores.com has completed the acquisition of online tile retailer Total Tiles.The transaction, which was completed on 31st December 2020, is the second acquisition by the ...


Plastic tax campaign gathers momentum after BHETA lobbying 14 January 2021

Following the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA)’s approach to Government outlining its objections to last minute additions to the draft Plastic Packaging tax legislation, which extended its scope to include consumer goods as well as ...


Revealed: The city most stressed by DIY 14 January 2021

We all know that assembling your own household furniture is nothing short of a nightmare and with lockdown 3.0 in full swing, the UK is under increasing pressure to 'Do It Yourself'. In a new study conducted by MyJobQuote.co.uk, it was found that, ...


The DIY tasks saving Brits over £8,000 14 January 2021

Starting the new year off as you mean to go on can mean many things, but for 31% of Brits saving money is a top priority and a common resolution. 1 in 10 also commit to making a resolution to decorate or renovate their homes at some point during the ...


Stuart Turner, the founder of Plasplugs has died aged 83 13 January 2021

Stuart Turner was the man who invented the first ever plastic wall plug that gave its name to the company he set up in Burton upon Trent. Plasplugs was synonymous with the growth of DIY and home improvement in the 1970s.When he started, he made the ...


HMG Paints gain Made in Britain accreditation 12 January 2021

HMG Paints, one of the UK’s largest independent paint manufacturers, has attained 'Made in Britain' accreditation. Made in Britain brings together the British manufacturing community, the company will now carry the Made in Britain collective mark ...


Crown Paints looks to the future with new warehouse in Hull 12 January 2021

Crown Paints has commenced work on a new state-of-the-art raw material and packaging warehouse facility at its Hull manufacturing base.The warehouse, which will be located at Crown Paints’ Sculcoates Lane site, represents a £4.4 million investment ...


Wickes latest ‘housebarrassment’ campaign reflects the on-going challenges of working from home 11 January 2021

Home improvement retailer, Wickes, is again trying to help ‘Cure Housebarrassment’ - the feeling of unease or embarrassment at the thought of guests seeing certain elements of one’s home - in its latest creative campaign from VCCP.The latest TV and ...


Garden centre boss calls for united approach to Covid 8 January 2021

A garden centre boss is urging the industry to stick to the latest set of government guidelines or face being stripped of their essential status. Chris Bonnett who runs Bonnetts Garden Village in Brentwood has voluntarily taken the decision to shut ...


Rise to the Covid-19 challenge with Skills TG’s new guide 7 January 2021

We are living through an extremely challenging time where many building services businesses are being forced to make difficult decisions about their future, however, even during difficult times there are opportunities to evolve and thrive. To help ...


EFG Housewares launches updated website 7 January 2021

One of the UK’s largest independent wholesalers, EFG Housewares, has launched a new trade website that showcases the majority of its 50,000 regular items, with special offers available every day at www.efghousewares.co.ukEFG Housewares is committed ...


B&Q and Speedy trial new outlets 6 January 2021

B&Q, the leading UK home improvement retailer, and Speedy, the leading UK provider of tools and equipment hire, announce the extension of a trial of new tool and equipment hire outlets within B&Q.The trial commenced in July with Speedy ...


Finnsworth joins BHETA 6 January 2021

Glazing and packing shims manufacturer, Finnsworth Ltd is the latest new DIY member at the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA). With an established reputation for making bespoke and premium quality plastic and metal products for the ...


HTA Chairman calls on industry to celebrate efforts of 2020 and look toward 2021 from a position of preparedness   5 January 2021

The Chairman of the Horticultural Trades Association has recognised the remarkable efforts of people in Britain’s horticultural industries and committed to getting straight back to business on their behalf in January 2021, urging the trade to do ...


Toolstation launches new Trade Credit as one in five trades admit concerns about cash flow 5 January 2021

Toolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers of tools and building supplies, has introduced its new Trade Credit account and January Catalogue as part of its continued commitment to further support its trade customers. It comes at a time ...


ToughBuilt introduces new UK sales and distribution operations 4 January 2021

Following its highly successful launch into the UK market, ToughBuilt Industries is introducing its own UK-based sales team.Until now, the US manufacturer has worked with Toolbank as its exclusive UK distributor to supply its range of innovative ...


Consumer spending declined 7.1 per cent in 2020 amidst a year of restrictions, yet spending at home improvement & DIY stores surged, according to Barclaycard 4 January 2021

Consumer spending declined 7.1 per cent year-on-year in 2020 – as coronavirus restrictions impacted many sectors, with high-street retailers and hospitality hardest hit. Yet there were some bright spots as changing consumer behaviours spurred e-...


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