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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

Take advantage of the rise in demand for garden rooms with Windowlink software

With BBC news reporting that some companies have seen a 300 percent rise in garden room sales, a service from software specialists Windowlink is helping landscapers secure high-profile garden building projects. Recent studies have shown that 60 ... 
19 May 2021

Human, Building and Planet - Creating Indoor Environments for modern society

Human, Building and Planet - Creating Indoor Environments for modern society“The Industry Challenge Keynote” May 25th 14:00, Online Today, and in the future, the building industry faces major challenges. Health-related, economic and environmental ... 
18 May 2021

Painting the outside of a property can reduce air pollution says Graphenstone

Painting the outside of a house can be transformative, increasing its value by more than 20%*, according to Graphenstone. However, Graphenstone, the world’s most certified eco paint will also actively capture carbon dioxide, with just three 15L ... 
18 May 2021

BHETA to hold second Q&A on international freight

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is to hold a second question and answer session on the topical issue of international freight, following the popularity of the first one back in March. Again, the event will enable members to ... 
17 May 2021

Queen’s speech marks Government intent to build back better

The State Opening of Parliament saw a number of new laws unveiled in the Queen’s speech, to ensure the UK ‘builds back better’ in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. With 30 new laws set to be passed in this new parliamentary session, the ... 
17 May 2021

Metex online joins BHETA

Online tools and fixings supplier, Metex has joined The British Home Enhancement Association. With UK and international manufacturing facilities, the company provides innovative construction, self-build and DIY related products. Its wide range ... 
14 May 2021

Retailers unite to call for Government to avoid a “life sentence” of violence and abuse for shopworkers

A coalition which consists of more than 30 major retail businesses, are urging MPs to avoid shackling over three million shopworkers to a “life sentence” of violence, abuse and anti-social behaviour by encouraging them to back an amendment to a ... 
13 May 2021

Keter focusses on its people to boost wellbeing

Keter, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of home and garden products, is launching a group-wide challenge in the UK to help with employee wellbeing. Employees from both the Banbury and Redruth sites are being encouraged to take part in a ‘... 
13 May 2021

Norbord Europe is now part of West Fraser

Norbord Europe Ltd has announced that it is to join the West Fraser organisation. As one of the UK's leading engineered wood panel manufacturers and serving the housebuilding and construction industry with a vast array of board products for ... 
12 May 2021

HALF of UK tradespeople experience mental health problems due to work 

The research, commissioned for Mental Health Awareness Week (May 10th-16th) by IronmongeryDirect, the UK’s largest supplier of specialist ironmongery, found that nearly three in five (58%) experience some form of mental health problem, such as ... 
11 May 2021

Wet weather delays footfall bounce back across the UK, but Northern Ireland benefits from the reopening of retail

Latest data from retail experts Springboard reveals that footfall in UK retail destinations declined by -4.1% last week from the week before. This was largely due to a drop in activity in high streets of -6.6%, whilst in retail parks and shopping ... 
10 May 2021
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