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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 (www.theheatinghub.co.uk) 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

Choose the right radiator with MARC’s Heat Calculator

The Manufacturers Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC), have launched an online ‘Heat Calculator’ to help consumers choose the right radiator for each room in their home. Launching today, 10th November 2020, the handy tool is part of the ‘... 
12 November 2020

HMG Paints wins UK Business Hero Award

Manchester-based HMG Paints has been awarded a UK Business Hero Award from the British Chambers of Commerce. Announced by The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, HMG was honoured with the award after converting alcohol stocks into hand sanitiser,... 
11 November 2020

Crown Trade gives apprentice decorators chance to shine

Earlier this year, it was announced that the 2020 Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition, which Crown Paints has sponsored for over 40 years, was being put on hold due to the Covid-19 outbreak. While that means that the best and brightest ... 
10 November 2020

October sees consumer spending decline by 0.1 per cent as restrictions and colder weather encourage Brits to stay indoors

Consumer spending declined 0.1 per cent year-on-year in October, as the introduction of further restrictions and the arrival of colder weather encouraged Brits to stay at home and turn to online shopping. Data from Barclaycard, which sees nearly ... 
10 November 2020

Latest issue of DIY Week available to read online

The latest issue of DIY Week has been published and is now available to read online here. Features in this issue include:News - The latest headlines and breaking news from across the home improvement and garden sectorsKitchens & Bathrooms - Easy ... 
9 November 2020

Mini-boom in the lead up to Lockdown 2 is followed by plummeting footfall from Thursday

Latest data from retail experts Springboard reveals that footfall across all retail destinations declined last week by -15.4% from the week before, a complete volte-face from the week before when footfall had increased by +6.2%.However, the result ... 
9 November 2020

Advice from sustainable brand owners spearheading growth through lockdown

Image courtesy https://thecheekypanda.com/UKWhen the nation went into lockdown on 23rd March, air pollution levels in some of our busiest cities dropped significantly; a positive side-effect of the severe decrease in traffic. Environmentalists and ... 
9 November 2020

Bathroom Brands Group reinforces commitment to independent retailers

Following the Government announcement on the 31st October, Bathroom Brands Group has announced that it will remain fully operational throughout the second lockdown, whilst continuing to work closely with its independent retailers. Throughout Covid-... 
9 November 2020

HTA reacts to regulations on second lockdown in England 

James Clark, HTA Director of Policy and Communications, said: “Now that we have the Government regulations for this second period of lockdown we know for certain that concessions within garden centres must close, unless they are selling aquatic, pet ... 
6 November 2020
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