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Wickes first ever female installation apprentices start new cohort on IWD

With the announcement earlier in the year of Wickes’ new Installation Apprenticeship scheme, we are pleased to announce that two female apprentices have joined the cohort that started yesterday. Fitting that it was March 8th, International Women’s’ ... 
11 March 2021

FIS signs Building a Safer Future Charter

Finishes and Interiors Sector has signed the Building a Safer Future Charter. The Charter is designed to encourage a proactive response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Building a Safer Future Review in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.The Charter was ... 
10 March 2021

Kingfisher announces the signing of a franchise agreement with the Al-Futtaim Group to expand B&Q in the Middle East

Kingfisher plc, the international home improvement retailer, today announces the signing of a franchise agreement with the Al-Futtaim Group to expand B&Q in the Middle East, with a first step being the opening of B&Q franchised stores in ... 
9 March 2021

BHETA to hold Q&A session on international freight issues

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is to hold a question and answer session on the current issues for international freight - including BREXIT implications - currently faced by many home improvement and home enhancement companies.... 
9 March 2021

110 years after International Women’s Day began – gender diversity is still a serious issue in the construction industry

Despite campaigning for gender parity for more than 100 years, the latest research shows that 68% of managers within the construction industry believe their sector still struggles with a lack of gender diversity. The research, which comes from multi-... 
8 March 2021

ToughBuilt reminds customers of new sales and ordering arrangements

ToughBuilt Industries is reminding customers of new arrangements for ordering its technically advanced, intelligently designed products which came into effect on 1st March 2021. After this date, builders’ merchants, retailers and other stockists ... 
8 March 2021

RAK Ceramics scores Premier League status with high profile sponsorship deal

Football fans tuning into watch their teams battle it out in the world’s top leagues this spring are being met with a familiar kbb name on pitch-side advertising hoardings, as RAK Ceramics embarks on a high-profile brand visibility campaign. The RAK ... 
8 March 2021

Action required to prevent legionella issues as water quality deteriorates

As England gradually comes out of national lockdown, Tom O'Sullivan, Head of Operations at Guardian Water Treatment urges facilities managers and building maintenance teams to prioritise legionella prevention and water system maintenance to stop the ... 
8 March 2021

Average FTB mortgage deposit now just £10,536

In last week’s Budget, the government announced a guarantee to lenders offering mortgages to homebuyers with just a 5% deposit requirement up to the sum of £600,000. Research by lettings and estate agent, Barrows and Forrester, has looked at what ... 
8 March 2021

More events confirmed for Garden Re-Leaf day 2021

With Garden Re-Leaf Day approaching ever quicker, teams and businesses from across the garden retail sector and beyond are busy making plans for the forthcoming Garden Re-Leaf Day on March 19th. With the event turning 10 this year teams are going ... 
8 March 2021

Hultafors Group completes the acquisition of Fristads, Kansas and Leijona Workwear

The Hultafors Group has completed the acquisition of the Fristads, Kansas and Leijona protective wear brands following approval by the relevant competition authorities. Peter Dumigan, managing director of the Hultafors Group UK, says: "All three ... 
8 March 2021

Leading bathroom retailer lands double award!

In a year full of unique challenges for business across the UK, leading bathroom retailer Plumbworld is helping stem the tide of retail woe and is continuing to go from strength to strength. As well as enjoying significant growth during 2020, the ... 
8 March 2021

Pandemic inspires and helps to finance renovations

Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design, has released findings from a recent survey* of its community of homeowners to find out how the coronavirus pandemic impacted their home improvement projects. The survey of more than 3,700 ... 
5 March 2021

Scottish businesses and key personalities unite in call for garden centres to be re-opened

Representatives from Scotland’s horticulture sector have joined together to call for garden centres to be reopened before the end of March. 18 high profile organisations, businesses and individuals have put their signatures to an open letter to the ... 
5 March 2021

Engaging three million new gardeners and being kind to our planet: key themes at the 2021 Virtual Garden Press Event

One of the biggest trade events in the gardening calendar, The Garden Press Event, has taken place virtually for the first time in its 16-year history. For some members of the sector, The Garden Press Event in 2020 may have been the last time they ... 
4 March 2021

Lent Challenge from Tree of Hope

Kent-based charity Tree of Hope is urging supporters to get involved in its 40 Days of Hope challenge for Lent. The charity, which helps fundraise for children’s operations, therapies and equipment that are unobtainable via the NHS, has come up with ... 
15 February 2021

The trade show must go on: What More UK to take part in massive global trade fair gone digital

What More UK will be attending the international consumer goods tradeshow, Ambiente 2021, from the comfort of their Accrington HQ. The Lancashire housewares manufacturer, and owner of the well-known brand Wham, has been a regular exhibitor at the ... 
15 February 2021

Stop! Hammer Time: These are the songs we listen to the most when doing DIY

The world’s favourite tunes to do a spot of DIY to have been revealed, and it seems Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and Tame Impala provide the best soundtrack if you’re looking to spruce up your home. New Spotify research analysed over 70,000 songs in ... 
14 February 2021

Homebase announces plans to open three small format stores in Walton-on-Thames

Home and garden experts Homebase, is planning to open of a series of new small format stores in Walton-on-Thames in Spring this year. The existing Bathstore showroom on New Zealand Avenue will be refreshed to include Kitchens by Homebase, after a ... 
12 February 2021

Mrs Hinch’s hack makes ‘radiator’ the most searched interior trend on Google!

Since we’re home a lot more than usual, many of us are turning to renovations to make our homes nicer places to spend our time. Heating and radiator specialists wanted to find out which home interior tweaks were top priority during ... 
12 February 2021

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