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BiKBBI Becomes Official Partner of the BKBA Global Connect Alliance Programme

The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) has partnered with the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), the North American authority on all things residential kitchen and bath, on its NKBA Global Connect ... 
24 August 2020

HTA AGM 2020 Goes Virtual 

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) will take place ‘virtually’ this year. The online meeting will be conducted via webinar on 16 September 2020 at 2pm. The HTA AGM provides full members of the ... 
24 August 2020

Nearly 300 house fires a week caused by home appliances

Almost 300 house fires are started every week by home appliances, according to the latest Home Office figures* analysed by appliances insurer Prominence Support.Incident data from the Fire and Rescue Services (FRS), reveals there were just under 15,... 
21 August 2020

New home staging app launched by lemon and lime interiors

Leading home staging company Lemon and Lime Interiors has announced the launch of its brand-new app – Stageflow - which offers estate agents, property developers and home stagers the ability to evidence the benefits and return on investment when ... 
20 August 2020

Revealed: Brits looking to spend £324,701 on a post-lockdown home in the next year

Want to add value to your buy-to-let home for the post-lockdown boom? According to a new survey by CIA Landlord of 1,000 Brits looking to buy or rent in the next year, these are the most important home features to highlight. With Brits across the ... 
19 August 2020

Homebase partners with Bosch and NEFF to strengthen its complete kitchen offering

Homebase is strengthening its kitchen offering with the launch of Bosch and NEFF appliances, joining other leading brands such as Hotpoint, Smeg and Indesit, to bring customers even more choice when it comes to creating the latest home trends.The ... 
19 August 2020

Lawn seed sales up five-fold this summer, reports Johnsons Lawn Seed

Lawn seed sales went through the roof in June and July, extending the traditional springtime peak in lawncare category sales well into the summer, according to the latest figures released by Johnsons Lawn Seed, the UK’s oldest grass seed supplier. ... 
18 August 2020

Heatwave reduces high street footfall but tourist hotspots are boosted as Brits enjoy summer of ‘staycation’

Latest data from retail experts Springboard reveals that footfall across UK retail destinations rose marginally last week, by +0.8% from the week before, a far more muted result than the rise of +3.8% in the previous week. Despite the hot weather - ... 
18 August 2020

Green-fingered Brits have spent over £100 each on gardening during lockdown

Green-fingered Brits have spent an average of £105* each sprucing up their gardens with a makeover since the start of lockdown, equating to £3.7** billion being spent across the UK, according to new research from American Express. The most popular ... 
17 August 2020

DIY SOS BBC Children in Need special comes to Caswell Bay, Swansea

DIY SOS, BBC One’s popular property renovation show, will head to Caswell Bay in September to take on a one of a kind build that will benefit a local charity, Surfability UK. DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC Children in Need Special (working title) will ... 
17 August 2020

New generation of DIYers born in lockdown

Lockdown has seen the emergence of a new, younger generation of people picking up a paint brush, screwdriver or hammer for the first time to tackle DIY projects, a new study by marketing agency Democracy has discovered. Since Covid-19 restrictions ... 
14 August 2020

Keylite Roof Windows triumphs at the BMJ Industry Awards

For the third year running UK manufacturer, Keylite Roof Windows (Keylite) has scooped the coveted ‘Best Roofing Manufacturer’ award at the 2020 BMJ Industry Awards.The BMJ Industry Awards is established as a key event for those working in the ... 
12 August 2020

New export deal for What More UK

East Lancashire housewares manufacturer What More UK has announced it's adding Costa Rica to its growing list of export destinations, bringing the total up to 74 countries.Left to right, Michael Blakey, Karren Murray, Nathan Plummer, Cheryl Cregg, ... 
11 August 2020

Taking the risk out of buying a greenhouse

Anyone considering buying a greenhouse is well advised to download a free PDF from one of the country’s leading glasshouse designers and manufacturers that gives 12 key points to consider before splashing the cash.Linda Lane, MD of Griffin ... 
10 August 2020

Häfele launches support programme for kbb sector

Häfele UK has launched a new dedicated package of industry leading support for kbb retailers and manufacturers, in response to feedback from customers who shared their industry concerns as a result of Covid-19. Available to existing and new ... 
10 August 2020

GCA members discuss challenges of re-opening restaurants and cafés

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) recently (August 2020) took part in a virtual forum to discuss the challenges they faced with the re-opening of restaurants and cafés.The forum was facilitated by Chris Brown of Turpin Smale Catering ... 
10 August 2020

Bradford Garden Centre marks five years of new ownership with further changes

With the latest phase of its expansion progressing well, the team at a Bradford garden centre have announced further plans to enhance the visitor experience.In addition to providing new facilities for the 200 strong team and extending the range of ... 
10 August 2020

Latest update on Green Homes Grant and implications for homeowners and landlords

Last month Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a circa £3 billion green investment plan, including the Green Homes Grant, as part of his Summer Economic Update. The UK Government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has now ... 
10 August 2020

CESRB, in association with ceda and FEA, issues advice on commercial kitchen wiring following engineer's tragic death

Associations push for urgent amendments to wiring regulations in commercial kitchens.Following the tragic death of an engineer working on a commercial kitchen appliance, FEA, in association with CESRB (Catering Engineers Standards and Registration ... 
10 August 2020

Hyve Group launches three virtual forums in September 2020

Hyve Group is pleased to announce Autumn Fair @ Home, Glee Gathering and Fashion Together (comprising Pure, Pure Origin, Moda and Scoop), three completely virtual forums happening this September. These forums will provide exhibitors and attendees ... 
7 August 2020
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