Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

News Archive February 2021

The future of retail in a post-Covid world - Scala and Building Retail release new white paper 26 February 2021

With half of UK homeowners expected to spend over £6,500 on their surroundings this year, what opportunities lie ahead for DIY and home improvement brands? Scala’s latest white paper, Building Retail, explores how DIY retailers have been making the ...


Henry Bell secures exclusive contract with Blue Diamond Group 26 February 2021

Leading quality pet, wild bird food and accessories manufacturer, Henry Bell Wild Bird Care (www.henrybell.co.uk), announces it has acquired an exclusive contract with one of the largest garden centre retail groups in the UK and Channel Islands, ...


David Austin reopens its UK wholesale trade with the announcement of its partnership programme 26 February 2021

After a challenging year, David Austin has slowly started to re-open parts of its business closed due to the impact of Coronavirus. Spring 2020 saw the closure of Garden Centres across the UK and the subsequent closure of David Austin’s wholesale ...


Attic Self Storage launches a UK first  26 February 2021

Attic Self Storage has announced that it will be expanding its footprint by launching a brand new concept facility in London, following the success of its King’s Cross, Bow and Marylebone sites. The new site in Harrow will be a UK first, that will ...


Wickes extends CitySprint partnership with new three-year contract 24 February 2021

Home improvement retail giant Wickes, has announced that it has signed a new three year, multi-million Pound contract with CitySprint – one of the UK’s leading same day distribution company.CitySprint started working with Wickes in 2016, supporting ...


BHETA steering committee on plastic tax secures HMRC meeting 22 February 2021

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has formed a steering committee of the leading UK plastic manufacturers in the home enhancement and home improvement industry with the objective of ensuring that the industry is represented ...


Voice-controlled appliances and hands-free cooking: The future look of our kitchens revealed 19 February 2021

New research shows that over the past year, 24% have worked in their kitchen at some point and after spending the majority of time at home, a fifth of homeowners now plan to update their kitchen this year. With this in mind, German kitchen ...


Dulux Heritage launches a blend of modern style and substance for decorators  19 February 2021

Dulux is introducing two new premium paints and a curated range of classic colours, supporting professionals to meet more high-end demands from UK homeowners.Dulux Heritage is a new range of professional quality paints that deliver a beautiful ‘...


Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce launches free Support Hub to help businesses conquer post-Brexit importing and exporting challenges 19 February 2021

The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce’s international trade arm, MY Export Hub, has launched a free Brexit Support Hub, a one-stop shop where businesses can access advice, resources and support as well as access to expert consultants, enabling them ...


CT1 Made in Britain – British Design, British Made and British Technology now available in Jewson 18 February 2021

CT1 regarded as The UK’s Number 1 Sealant and adhesive, has lead the way in technology for the building trade for over 18 years! The First to introduce a Hybrid Polymer and the first product to replace several other products in just one tube, has ...


Creative Decks adds new depot on the success of Oakio sales 18 February 2021

“Switching to Oakio decking was the best decision we’ve made,” says Sara Palmer, Director for Creative Decks. “After being let down by a previous supplier, we needed a new decking product. We knew that with the right product we could grow the ...


Homebase and Hearst UK venture outside as they launch an exclusive range of sheds, summerhouses and greenhouses 18 February 2021

Homebase is launching an exclusive range of Country Living sheds, summerhouses, and greenhouses at a time when customers are continuing to search for new ways to create extra room in their homes and gardens. This is the newest range to be launched ...


DIY specialist dedicates month to Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising 17 February 2021

A leading decorating and DIY specialist is helping to paint a bright future for Macmillan Cancer Support by dedicating the whole of March to fundraising for the charity. Leyland SDM, which has 24 stores in prominent high street locations across ...


Caring for birds as temperatures plummet 17 February 2021

The RSPB is urging people to feed the garden birds that have helped raise the public’s spirits over lockdown to help the birds pull through the cold weather snap. With many parts of the country braced for more snow and icy temperatures this week, ...


Eight ways COVID is set to change home construction & design forever 16 February 2021

How many of us have adapted our homes over lockdown? MyToolShed has taken a look into how the world being trapped in their home for long periods of time has forced us to view our homes differently.Take a look at eight ways COVID will impact the ...


As lockdown fatigue grows, shoppers increasingly willing to travel to retail destinations (even despite Beast from the East) 15 February 2021

Latest data from retail experts Springboard reveals that last week, footfall across UK retail destinations rose by +1.5%, which followed a rise of +6.7% in the week before. Footfall in high streets declined by -1.7%, however, there were rises of +3....


Lent Challenge from Tree of Hope 15 February 2021

Kent-based charity Tree of Hope is urging supporters to get involved in its 40 Days of Hope challenge for Lent. The charity, which helps fundraise for children’s operations, therapies and equipment that are unobtainable via the NHS, has come up with ...


The trade show must go on: What More UK to take part in massive global trade fair gone digital 15 February 2021

What More UK will be attending the international consumer goods tradeshow, Ambiente 2021, from the comfort of their Accrington HQ. The Lancashire housewares manufacturer, and owner of the well-known brand Wham, has been a regular exhibitor at the ...


Stop! Hammer Time: These are the songs we listen to the most when doing DIY 14 February 2021

The world’s favourite tunes to do a spot of DIY to have been revealed, and it seems Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and Tame Impala provide the best soundtrack if you’re looking to spruce up your home. New Spotify research analysed over 70,000 songs in ...


Homebase announces plans to open three small format stores in Walton-on-Thames 12 February 2021

Home and garden experts Homebase, is planning to open of a series of new small format stores in Walton-on-Thames in Spring this year. The existing Bathstore showroom on New Zealand Avenue will be refreshed to include Kitchens by Homebase, after a ...


Mrs Hinch’s hack makes ‘radiator’ the most searched interior trend on Google! 12 February 2021

Since we’re home a lot more than usual, many of us are turning to renovations to make our homes nicer places to spend our time. Heating and radiator specialists Stelrad.com wanted to find out which home interior tweaks were top priority during ...


Norwich Tile Centre Joins N&C Group 11 February 2021

Norfolk-based tile business, Norwich Tile Centre has sold it trading activities to the Nicholls & Clarke Group. The tile and bathroom retailer has been established as one of the premier tile outlets in Norwich for the past three decades and will ...


Independent body to oversee quality of new-build homes 10 February 2021

A new organisation to champion consumer rights and ensure new build homes are built to a high standard has been launched by the government.Natalie Elphicke MP will chair the new homes quality boardNatalie Elphicke MP will chair the new homes quality ...


AkzoNobel no longer intends to acquire Tikkurila and continues to focus on Grow & Deliver strategy 9 February 2021

Akzo Nobel N.V. submitted a binding proposal to acquire Tikkurila for €31.25 per share on January 28, 2021, having conducted customary due diligence to confirm potential synergies. The company no longer intends to pursue this acquisition, following ...


Green homes refurb grants need more time, urge MPs 9 February 2021

The government is under pressure to extend the green homes grant scheme beyond March 2022 after a committee of MPs described current progress as moving at a snail's pace. Business, energy and industrial strategy minister Lord Callanan admitted only ...


Windows and doors trends for 2021 8 February 2021

Whether you want to create a grand entrance or a bold first impression, windows and doors play an important role in enhancing a building’s kerb appeal. But with so many design options to choose from, how do you know which one to opt for, or what to ...


Carl Kammerling Fusion 2021 Trade Promotion – Filled with exciting new deals! 5 February 2021

Carl Kammerling has launched its new Fusion 21 trade promotion - running from 1 February to 28 May 2021 - offering retailers fantastic savings on more than 150 products from all CKI brands including: C.K, C.K Magma, C.K Classic, Avit and Kasp. ...


Symphony Coatings and HMG Paints extend partnership 5 February 2021

HMG Paints Ltd, the UK independent paint manufacturer, has announced a new partnership with Symphony Coatings. The partnership will see HMG’s industrial coatings and colour matching facilities available from three additional Symphony Coating ...


Manomano doubles size and announces €1.2 billion in sales turnover for 2020 - UK is the growth engine for the future 5 February 2021

ManoMano, the European digital leader in DIY, home and garden, announces its 2020 results:€1.2 billion in sales turnover in 2020+100% overall growth50 million unique visitors per month (+70%)2020 UK results€105M sales turnover, representing a growth ...


Employers urged to plan for Long Covid 5 February 2021

Employers urged to plan for long CovidDoctors are urging employers to plan for the effects of Long Covid now as cases continue to grow. Without planning how to manage the condition in advance, employers risk being left with big staffing problems.“...


Green light for 4,500 homes near Cambridge 4 February 2021

Waterbeach New Town East is set to get a further 4,500 new homes after South Cambridgeshire district council granted outline planning approval a few days ago. The new development is five miles north of Cambridge and comprises a mixture of one-bed ...


Toolstation continues to support its customers as over half declare they don’t feel comfortable discussing personal concerns over digital platforms - Time to Talk Day, Thursday 4 February 4 February 2021

Toolstation continues in its campaign with Time to Change to provide ongoing support for its customers and colleagues, marking Time to Talk Day on Thursday 4 February to encourage people to talk more openly. The campaign was established eight years ...


Dulux Select Decorators are raising spirits in lockdown with their own virtual pub 3 February 2021

Members of the Dulux Select Decorators scheme have been keeping their spirits up during lockdown by meeting at their own virtual pub. The Fitch & Bristle opens its doors via Zoom every Friday night, allowing any of the 575 Select Decorators in ...


Tile Mountain Expands Sporting Sponsorships By Becoming Official Club Partner of Hull Kingston Rovers RFC 2 February 2021

Tile Mountain, the growing UK tile retailer has become Hull Kingston Rovers RFC principal away kit partner for 2021, a move that will see the online DIY retailer’s branding adorn the front of the away shirt for the duration of the Super League ...


Hyve Group announces exclusive speaker line up for Spring Fair @Home 1 February 2021

Hyve Group has announced the expert speaker lineup for its Spring Fair @Home event, taking place virtually on 8–10 February 2021. This year, in place of physical shows, Hyve Group’s UK portfolio will be going virtual. Designed to bring the industry ...


Match made in heaven: Evergreen Garden Care signs new partnership with David Domoney for 2021 1 February 2021

After a successful first year, the brand and chartered horticulturalist will have a focus on Chelsea Flower Show and charity scheme, Cultivation Street After a hugely successful first year, leading garden care brand Evergreen Garden Care (www....


Looking back on 2020 - it wasn’t all bad! 1 February 2021

Bryan Clover, Chief Executive Officer of the Rainy Day Trust reflects on the challenges posed by the Covid-19 through 2020. Without a doubt, last year was the toughest that I have encountered in 20 years in the charity sector. Income dropped like a ...


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