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Consumer spending declined 7.1 per cent in 2020 amidst a year of restrictions, yet spending at home improvement & DIY stores surged, according to Barclaycard

Consumer spending declined 7.1 per cent year-on-year in 2020 – as coronavirus restrictions impacted many sectors, with high-street retailers and hospitality hardest hit. Yet there were some bright spots as changing consumer behaviours spurred e-... 
4 January 2021

Benjamin Moore Acquires UK Distributor Shaw Paints Ltd

Benjamin Moore & Co., North America’s favourite paint, colour and coatings brand, today announced the acquisition of its United Kingdom distribution partner, Shaw Paints Ltd. Prior to this transaction, Shaw Paints Ltd was the exclusive UK ... 
18 December 2020

Buildbase become BiKBBI Retail Installation Standards Partner

Buildbase has become the latest high profile retailer to adopt the platform for its retail kitchen and bathroom operation, an installation service with a number of unique features to protect both installers and their customers.... 
18 December 2020

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the DIY Week team!

After what has been a very challenging year for everyone, the DIY Week team would like to thank all our readers and advertisers for their continued support.Look out for the December issue of DIY Week which will be out soon. We look forward to ... 
18 December 2020

Stax sets the standard with new ISO audit

A leading supplier to the hardware and gardening sector - Stax Trade Centres - has cemented its place as the quality leader in its field thanks to re-accreditation carried out by the British Assessment Bureau, which confirmed the company meets the ... 
18 December 2020

Draper Tools advent calendar raises £3,000 for NHS Charities Together

Leading tool firm, Draper Tools, launched its 2020 tool advent calendar earlier this year, featuring 24 doors of tools to open in the countdown to Christmas. With Christmas being the season of goodwill, the company has been donating £1 from the sale ... 
17 December 2020

What to do with your tree after Christmas

Tradition has it that we take our Christmas down on Twelfth Night (12 nights after Christmas Day), which is either the 5th or 6th January, depending if you’re counting Christmas Day or Boxing Day as night one. But regardless of when you take your ... 
17 December 2020

Wyevale Nurseries donates new Mangave range to RHS Garden Wisley

Wyevale Nurseries has donated a collection of new Mangave succulents to the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Garden Wisley in partnership with Plantipp B.V. Mark Tuson, Team leader at RHS Garden Wisley, excited to assess the 'Mad about Mangave'... 
14 December 2020

ERA donates £8,000 to Hope House Children's Hospices

ERA, the Wolverhampton-based security expert, is donating £8,000 to Hope House Ty Gobaith Children's Hospices, and making it the company's nominated charity for 2021, for the second year running. Hope House Ty Gobaith Children's Hospices supports ... 
10 December 2020

Five pledges in five years unveiled by Keter

Keter, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of home and garden products, has unveiled five transformational sustainability pledges to be delivered in the next five years. As a responsible manufacturer, the commitment to these pledges is being ... 
9 December 2020

Wickes Launches New Installations Apprenticeship for 2021

Home improvement retailer Wickes, has officially launched its first Installation apprenticeship scheme following a successful pilot, supporting trade and investing in the local job market.People investmentThe Installation apprenticeship taps into ... 
8 December 2020

Hillier to Open New Garden Centre at Syon Park Estate

Hillier Garden Centres and the Syon Park Estate have announced the Spring 2021 opening of Hillier Syon Park. Hillier will work with the Estate to transform the garden centre with both businesses investing significantly to improve the site. Through ... 
7 December 2020

Grafton steps up with acquisition of StairBox

Grafton Group plc, the building materials distributor and DIY retailer with operations in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands, is pleased to announce the acquisition of AVC (StairBox) Ltd, an industry leading UK manufacturer and distributor of ... 
7 December 2020

Brits plan to show appreciation for local shopkeepers with £6.2 billion December spend

Recognising the essential role small businesses continue to play in our local communities during the Covid-19 pandemic, Brits plan to spend £6.2 billion shopping small this December, according to a new survey. Seven in ten Brits say they will visit ... 
7 December 2020

Tile Mountain ranked 53rd in 'The Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100

Stoke-on-Trent based online tile retailer Tile Mountain has been ranked 53rd in the 2020 Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track One Hundred. The league table which is now in its 24th year ranks Britain’s private companies with the fastest-growing ... 
7 December 2020

Toolstation on track to reach store expansion target of 60 new stores this year

Toolstation, is set to open 13 more stores in the next month and is on track to meet its robust expansion plan of 60 new stores in 2020. The new stores which will be opening in Launceston, Llandrindod Wells, Walthamstow, York, Dumbarton, Peterlee, ... 
4 December 2020

Henry Bell wins one-year contract with FMG Group

High quality pet, wild bird food & accessories producer, Henry Bell (, announces it has secured a one-year contract with independent garden centre group, Future Marketing Group (FMG). As of November 2020, Henry Bell will be ... 
3 December 2020

HTA reacts to new December tier arrangements

Reacting to the news today that England returned to regional tiered approach on 2 December, HTA Director of Policy and Communications, James Clark, said: “It’s good news that garden centres can continue to operate as well as growers and landscapers. ... 
3 December 2020

More Tales From Behind The Counter – the perfect stocking filler!

More Tales From Behind The Counter is the latest book written by author and friend of DIY Week, Graham Higson, in which he takes an amusing peak behind the hardware retailer’s counter, that anyone in the business, or even those those who aren't, ... 
2 December 2020

Thompson & Parkes Confirmed Best Builders Merchant and DIY Supplier in the Midlands

Thompson & Parkes, one of the best known and longest established builders’ merchants in Worcestershire and Shropshire, has won the title of Best Builders Merchant & DIY Supplier in the Midlands in this year’s SME News Magazine’s 2020 UK ... 
1 December 2020

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