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Government’s heat pumps plan “doomed to failure” without massive increase in training 

The Government’s plan to increase heat pump installations is “doomed to failure” without a substantial increase in training for installers, according to consumer advice specialists at The Heating Hub. Last week the Government outlined its 10-step ... 
24 November 2020

Kbsa welcomes level playing field for independent showrooms

The Kbsa has welcomed the news that Wren and Magnet are to close their stores in accordance with the latest government guidelines. Kbsa national chair Richard Hibbert said, “We have been relentless in our pursuit of Trading Standards to clarify the ... 
24 November 2020

Horticultural businesses optimistic but cautious for 2021, says HTA’s new Business Confidence Index 

Business confidence is returning to UK garden industry after the record crash in confidence in spring, says the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), as shown by its new Business Confidence Index survey of members and supported by positive garden ... 
24 November 2020

Almost a third of tradespeople have experienced mental health during the pandemic

Toolstation has partnered with Time to Change to support mental health amongst customers as a recent survey reveals the impact of the pandemic on tradespeople A recent customer survey* by Toolstation reveals:· 27% of all those surveyed ... 
24 November 2020

U turn on gas boiler phase out in 2023 welcome say Gas Users

Government U-turn on gas boiler ban in new homes welcome but further clarity needed to protect consumers, says Gas Users Organisation, which speaks for the 24 million households who use gas for their central heating. In a remarkable last minute ... 
23 November 2020

BHETA to ‘walk 500 miles’ for Rainy Day Trust

A British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) team is set to walk (or run) over 500 miles between now and Christmas to raise money for the industry charity, The Rainy Day Trust. The specific target is 509 miles, that being the distance ... 
23 November 2020

Poinsettias hold the key to supercharging houseplant departments this festive season

Covid-19 has been relentless in its determination to throw a spanner in retailers’ plans throughout much of 2020, but despite the economic uncertainty, come rain or snow, over the next few weeks shoppers will be flocking to garden centres in their ... 
23 November 2020

AkzoNobel’s sustainability ambitions heat up with two new solar projects

Thousands of solar panels have been installed at two AkzoNobel sites on two continents as the company continues to accelerate towards its ambition of cutting carbon emissions in half by 2030.The two recent projects have been taking place in Garcia, ... 
23 November 2020

Green refurb grants should be available up to 2040, says FMB and RICS

Boris Johnson's decision to extend green homes grants by another year should be stretched to the next two decades, urges the construction industry. Getting existing buildings more energy-efficient is going to take longer than a year warn builders ... 
20 November 2020

BGF backs fast-growth ecommerce business

BGF – the UK-based growth capital investor – has invested £8 million into Midlands-headquartered UK Flooring Direct to support its ongoing growth ambitions.Jason Ashby, CEO of UK Flooring DirectUK Flooring Direct is an online retailer supplying ... 
19 November 2020

Bespoke new service launched to help consumers choose the right heating system and save money

The UK has one of the highest domestic boiler replacement rates in Europe, but a new website ( and suite of services launched by The Heating Hub aims to help consumers select the right boiler for their homes and reduce the ... 
19 November 2020

Half of Brits set to spend £47 billion on home improvements in 2021

2021 is set to be a year of transformations for British homes, with more than half of Brits (59%) claiming they will be making home improvements, with the average spend at £6,531 per household. Decorating is revealed as the top home improvement (69%)... 
18 November 2020

What More UK selected for The Forbes Solicitors Reinvention and Resilience Top 50 report

What More UK has joined an elite group of businesses, after being included in The Forbes Solicitors Reinvention and Resilience top 50. The report features British companies that have innovated and diversified during the Coronavirus pandemic. Leading ... 
17 November 2020

Bradford Centre wins Outstanding Employer award

The team at a Bradford Garden Centre are celebrating after winning the Outstanding Employer award at the 15th annual Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business awards.Tong Garden Centre's Head of People and Culture, Neil Barwise-Carr represented the team ... 
17 November 2020

Government confirms the construction industry and trades still able to work under latest Covid-19 restrictions

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt the UK, tradespeople are among those who have been advised they are still able to work under the national restrictions that came into effect on 5 November, including workingin and around people’s ... 
16 November 2020

J’adore Cottagecore: New research reveals 2021’s biggest décor trends around the world 

The home décor trends that are in and out for 2021 have been revealed in new research by Roofing Megastore. The research analysed Google Trends data throughout 2020, for a range of different interior design styles, colours, furniture, home ... 
16 November 2020

Cistermiser partners with Lockdown Loo     

As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of smart water management solutions, Cistermiser and Keraflo welcomed the recent news that the Non-Domestic (Public Lavatories) Bill received unanimous approval. Having now been passed through the House of ... 
13 November 2020

Chancellor must deliver comprehensive plan for green homes, urges FMB

In response to today’s update from the ONS, showing that construction recovery has slowed, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has called on the Chancellor to use this month’s Spending Review to lay the groundwork for an ambitious long-term ... 
13 November 2020

Bradford Garden Centre keeps it local for new uniform

A Bradford Garden Centre has reinforced its ethos of supporting local businesses wherever possible by sourcing its new uniform from a fellow West Yorkshire business.Team Tong in their new workwear - L-R: Victoria Kinder-Naylor, Dennis Keen, Lesley ... 
13 November 2020

Global Home Improvement Report: Global DIY Market grows 4.2%, breaking the €600 billion ceiling

In 2019, the DIY/home improvement world market turnover reached €618 billion, breaking through the €600 billion ceiling, an increase of 4,22% compared to last year (€593 billion), according to the latest Global Home Improvement Report which has just ... 
12 November 2020

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With many consumers starting their Christmas shopping early due to the Covid pandemic, are you expecting strong sales this December?

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