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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

Bradford Garden Centre donates bulbs and seeds to Shipley mental health charity

The team at a Bradford Garden Centre have donated seeds and bulbs to a Shipley mental health charity.Left to right Dylan Carroll, Gemma Bingham from The Cellar Trust and Jamie Maxwell Gemma Bingham with Tong team membersWith the help of supplier, ... 
30 November 2020

New study reveals 90% of tradespeople have introduced new services as a result of Covid-19 

Yell Business has today released new research into how small businesses have adapted to survive in light of Covid-19 and how the pandemic is changing the way businesses and consumers communicate. The new study reveals the scale of the challenge ... 
27 November 2020

Notcutts media release: Profits up at Notcutts in Year to February 2020

Notcutts recorded another year of profit growth in the year ending February 2020 with operating profit up 13.5% to £1.72m. This followed a 52.5% increase in operating profit on the prior year. Gross margin improved by 1.4% points to 48.9%. Total ... 
26 November 2020

Kingfisher plc acquires NeedHelp services marketplace

Kingfisher plc has announced that it has acquired NeedHelp, one of Europe’s leading home improvement services marketplaces, for a total cash consideration of c.€10 million. As part of the transaction, Guillaume de Kergariou, the founder of NeedHelp, ... 
25 November 2020

2020 is declared a ‘record year’ for compost by The Greener Gardening Company

Leading growing media supplier, The Greener Gardening Company has hailed 2020 as a record year for sales of its portfolio of peat-reduced and peat-free growing media, despite the immense challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The company behind ... 
25 November 2020

Government’s heat pumps plan “doomed to failure” without massive increase in training 

The Government’s plan to increase heat pump installations is “doomed to failure” without a substantial increase in training for installers, according to consumer advice specialists at The Heating Hub. Last week the Government outlined its 10-step ... 
24 November 2020

Kbsa welcomes level playing field for independent showrooms

The Kbsa has welcomed the news that Wren and Magnet are to close their stores in accordance with the latest government guidelines. Kbsa national chair Richard Hibbert said, “We have been relentless in our pursuit of Trading Standards to clarify the ... 
24 November 2020

Horticultural businesses optimistic but cautious for 2021, says HTA’s new Business Confidence Index 

Business confidence is returning to UK garden industry after the record crash in confidence in spring, says the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), as shown by its new Business Confidence Index survey of members and supported by positive garden ... 
24 November 2020

Almost a third of tradespeople have experienced mental health during the pandemic

Toolstation has partnered with Time to Change to support mental health amongst customers as a recent survey reveals the impact of the pandemic on tradespeople A recent customer survey* by Toolstation reveals:· 27% of all those surveyed ... 
24 November 2020

U turn on gas boiler phase out in 2023 welcome say Gas Users

Government U-turn on gas boiler ban in new homes welcome but further clarity needed to protect consumers, says Gas Users Organisation, which speaks for the 24 million households who use gas for their central heating. In a remarkable last minute ... 
23 November 2020

BHETA to ‘walk 500 miles’ for Rainy Day Trust

A British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) team is set to walk (or run) over 500 miles between now and Christmas to raise money for the industry charity, The Rainy Day Trust. The specific target is 509 miles, that being the distance ... 
23 November 2020

Poinsettias hold the key to supercharging houseplant departments this festive season

Covid-19 has been relentless in its determination to throw a spanner in retailers’ plans throughout much of 2020, but despite the economic uncertainty, come rain or snow, over the next few weeks shoppers will be flocking to garden centres in their ... 
23 November 2020

AkzoNobel’s sustainability ambitions heat up with two new solar projects

Thousands of solar panels have been installed at two AkzoNobel sites on two continents as the company continues to accelerate towards its ambition of cutting carbon emissions in half by 2030.The two recent projects have been taking place in Garcia, ... 
23 November 2020

Green refurb grants should be available up to 2040, says FMB and RICS

Boris Johnson's decision to extend green homes grants by another year should be stretched to the next two decades, urges the construction industry. Getting existing buildings more energy-efficient is going to take longer than a year warn builders ... 
20 November 2020

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

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