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Webinar looks to protect children's health from air pollution

Head of Sustainability for Mitsubishi Electric, Martin Fahey is joining a special webinar at 4pm on Clean Air Day 2021 (17th June) to focus on what companies should be doing to reduce their own impact on the environment. “Like all companies we are ... 
11 June 2021

On a mission to help the nation to feel house proud - Wickes debuts first TV bathroom ad in a decade

Wickes has launching a new TV campaign, to showcase its expanding bathroom range. The advert is the home improvement retailer’s first bathroom focused TV ad in ten years and forms part of the ongoing tongue-in-cheek ‘Housebarrassment’ campaign, ... 
11 June 2021

Kingfisher plc announces new 2025 carbon reduction targets, now approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)

Kingfisher plc (‘Company’, ‘Group’ or ‘Kingfisher’), the international home improvement retailer whose businesses include B&Q and Screwfix, today announces ambitious new carbon reduction targets consistent with reductions required to keep global ... 
10 June 2021

Gardening is officially cool say young people 

Think the typical gardening enthusiast is retirement age with a large outside space? Think again. Draper Tools has surveyed the nation’s young people to get their views on gardening and it’s clear gardening is enjoying a renaissance among 18 – 34 ... 
9 June 2021

8th Global DIY-Summit postponed

From Global DIY-Summit:Following the current delays that we are seeing in the global vaccination effort, the high number of infections that persist globally, as well as the growing concerns of virus mutations, we have taken the difficult decision to ... 
8 June 2021

Houzz Collaborates with Dulux Trade to Enhance Houzz Pro Visualisation Tools

Houzz Pro 3D Floor Planner and Mood Board Tools Bring Projects to Life for ClientsHouzz Inc., the leading platform for home renovation and design, today announced a collaboration with Dulux Trade to embed its unparalleled colour portfolio in new ... 
8 June 2021

Wickes Group plc - trading update: Strong sales volumes drive trading ahead of expectations

Wickes Group plc today provides an update on year to date trading performance and profit guidance.Group Sales have continued to perform strongly, with total like for like growth in the 21 weeks to 22nd May 45.7% ahead year on year, 23.1% on a two ... 
7 June 2021

Midlands-based flooring firm rated 'One to Watch' by organisation that rates the best companies to work for in the UK

One of the UK’s leading online flooring retailers has been earmarked as ‘One to Watch’ by an organisation that measures the best employers in the country. UK Flooring Direct employs more than 200 people at its headquarters in Hinckley, ... 
4 June 2021

Rainy Day Trust offers support to colleagues facing debt crisis

Industry charity Rainy Day Trust is finding yet another way of putting meaning into its strapline ‘If you need us, we are here. If you don’t, we need you!’. The end of May saw the ban on evictions being lifted, meaning that renters could be forced ... 
4 June 2021

Home improvement trend drives growth at family-run haulage firm

A rise in home renovations and house moves has seen the UK’s leading haulier of construction materials, boosting turnover and creating jobs, with support from Lloyds Bank. Bimson Haulage said it experienced a significant increase in demand for its ... 
4 June 2021

Flooring industry counts down to catch up, at CFJLIVE

The flooring industry is preparing for CFJLIVE - its first official event in over a year - which takes place on Thursday 1 July.The free-to-attend global exhibition is the UK industry’s first ever virtual event, bringing together over 100 global ... 
2 June 2021

Kingfisher signs new £550m revolving credit facility linked to Responsible Business targets

Kingfisher plc (‘Company’, ‘Group’ or ‘Kingfisher’), the international home improvement retailer whose businesses include B&Q and Screwfix, announces today that it has entered into a £550m three-year revolving credit facility agreement with a ... 
2 June 2021

Sailing hotspot house prices for boat owning homebuyers

With summer fast approaching it’s not just the draw of the beach that makes the UK coastline an attractive proposition, with an estimated 950,000 of us taking to the waves in either a yacht or motorboat. As hobbies go, it’s not the most affordable ... 
2 June 2021

Bank holiday sunshine boosts footfall in retail destinations by 6.7%

Latest data from retail experts Springboard reveals that footfall in UK retail destinations rose by +6.7% last week from the week before, but it was the average uplift in activity from Thursday to Saturday of +15.2% that drove the increase for the ... 
1 June 2021

Kingspan launches inaugural Planet Passionate Sustainability Report and targets net zero carbon manufacturing by 2030

Kingspan has published its inaugural ‘Planet Passionate’ Sustainability Report, reviewing the first year of progress in the 10-year strategy it launched in December 2019.The report outlines Kingspan’s industry-leading decarbonisation programme, ... 
28 May 2021

British tech start-up takes on Amazon in the battle for the High Street

Forbes 30-under-30 alumnus goes head-to-head with Amazon with smartphone-based retail checkout solution. In 2015, MishiPay CEO Mustafa Khanwala waited 20 minutes in a supermarket line to pay for a can of drink. The queue gave him time to consider ... 
27 May 2021

Homebase opens its first new store in over six years

Homebase has opened its first brand-new store in Cheltenham. The opening marks a milestone moment for the home and garden experts being the first new store to open in six years. Located on Tewkesbury Road, the new 36,591 sq. ft store is the one-stop-... 
24 May 2021

Dulux Decorator Centre hits sustainability milestone by recycling over half a million paint cans

Dulux Decorator Centre has successfully diverted more than half a million cans of paint away from landfill through its in-store recycling scheme. The initiative allows professional decorators to safely and simply dispose of cans of both solvent and ... 
21 May 2021

Automation increases efficiency and capacity at A Perry

A. Perry Ltd, one of the the UK’s largest suppliers and manufacturers of hinges and ironmongery, will now be able to process orders more than four times quicker after investing seven figures in new automation technology. The £1.2m investment in ... 
21 May 2021

Kingfisher plc is today providing its Q1 21/22 sales update

Key points of this latest trading update from Kingfisher include:Continuing to make significant progress against ‘Powered by Kingfisher’ strategic prioritiesGrowing sales ahead of the market in the UK and FranceTotal sales up 61.9% in constant ... 
20 May 2021
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