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Ulster Weavers re-launches as contemporary homeware brand

Ulster Weavers, the 140-year-old textile manufacturer from Northern Ireland, is going through its biggest change in generations as it repositions its business as a contemporary homeware brand targeting the millennial audience.The company, which has ... 
8 December 2021

Travis Perkins plc signs up to Disability Confident scheme

Travis Perkins plc has announced that it has joined the Disability Confident scheme run by The Department for Work & Pensions which encourages companies to improve how they recruit, retain and develop employees with disabilities and long term ... 
8 December 2021

Mark Hutchinson named as Grand Winner in Dulux Select Decorators Awards 2021

The Grand Winner of the 2021 Dulux Select Decorators Awards has been announced as Mark Hutchinson. His triumph was announced at the Dulux Select Gala Dinner & Awards 2021, which celebrates the work of Select Decorators around the UK, on Tuesday ... 
3 December 2021

BHETA advises members on impending ‘plastic tax’

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) held a webinar aimed at all UK housewares, DIY, garden and small electricals suppliers on the implications and preparations required ahead of the forthcoming plastic packaging tax legislation ... 
2 December 2021

Heritage meets heritage – Nitro Mors has a new home at Tetrosyl

Nitro Mors has been around since the 1930s and is the market leader in paint and varnish stripper, trusted by generations and asked for by name from DIY customers to craftsmen and restorers.The specialist formulations have been adapted exclusively ... 
1 December 2021

DIY Week Awards 2022: Getting back to live!

Following the challenges we’ve all faced throughout the last two years, the leading networking event for the DIY, home improvement and garden market, the annual DIY Week Awards, is back with a live in-person awards ceremony for 2022. Despite all the ... 
29 November 2021

Plant-based dog treats set to shake up the market

Brighton-based start-up W’ZIS? is aiming to liven up what it calls the last remaining ‘dull’ FMCG category, pet food, with its meat-free treats.The challenger brand has created a range of unique, all-natural, plant-based treats - which are also ... 
26 November 2021

Booking now open for GCA Conference

Booking has now opened (November 2021) for the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference in January (January 23-26, 2022).The conference, which will include talks, industry updates and opportunities to socialise, takes place at the Mercure ... 
25 November 2021

Simon Acres Media launches new website and dedicated studio

The media division of Simon Acres Group Ltd has launched a dedicated website and filming studio in response to growing demand from KBB retailers, suppliers, manufacturers and merchants for its services.The division, which is led by group Marketing ... 
24 November 2021

Meet the team that’s helping companies grow, Cultiv8 Marketing

Since establishing in 2018, owners of Cultiv8 Marketing, Rob Giles and Alex Giles have been helping companies grow using bespoke marketing packages designed to get the best return from their marketing budgets.Formerly called Stratrg Ltd, Cultiv8 ... 
22 November 2021

Trends 2022: Interest in Mid-Century styling soars

This year has seen the popularity of Mid-Century design in the UK reach an all-time high. And according to the experts at retro design house 20th Century Cloth, it’s a trend that looks set to continue into 2022.Searches for ‘midcentury’ within the ... 
22 November 2021

Kingfisher issues Q3 trading update to 31 October 2021

Kingfisher plc (‘Company’, ‘Group’ or ‘Kingfisher’) is today providing its Q3 21/22 sales update.Key points:• Strong sales performance from all banners and categories on a 2-year basis, across both retail and trade channels• ... 
19 November 2021

Emerging bathroom and kitchen trends from Houzz

Our kitchens and bathrooms are hard-working rooms and for many households, they have seen even more action than usual over the past year. In fact, the latest Houzz & Home report found that the spend on bathroom renovations had surged by 25% in ... 
18 November 2021

M&S to speak at BHETA webinar

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is to hold another of its popular retailer networking webinars, this time with Marks & Spencer. The event will take place on Wednesday 24 November at 10.30am, and the speaker will be Heidi ... 
16 November 2021

Dulux Decorator Centre puts sustainability centre stage in its return to the National Painting & Decorating Show

After standing side-by-side with painters and decorators through the upheavals of the past 18 months, the Dulux Decorator Centre team is making a long-awaited return to the National Painting & Decorating Show next month. Taking place on November ... 
16 November 2021

And the winners are… the 40th GIMA Award winners have been announced!

On Thursday 11 November the great and good of the garden retail industry came together to celebrate the 40th annual GIMA Awards at a glittering black-tie event, held at the prestigious Celtic Manor Resort. Celebrating the innovation, dedication and ... 
15 November 2021

Uniting the interior design community globally: Decorex Virtual returns with engaging talks, new product launches and 3D walk-through

Following a triumphant return to Olympia London in October, Europe’s leading event for interior design professionals, Decorex, turns virtual again this November for a three-day digital experience which will once again bring the global interiors ... 
13 November 2021

Be safe, not sorry: scalding and burns data released

Kevin Wellman, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), warns that scalding and central heating system related contact burns continue to pose a grave risk to households, as NHS Digital reveals its latest hospital ... 
11 November 2021

London Build returns to Olympia London’s Grand Hall for live expo on 17-18 November

London Build is set for a huge return to Olympia London’s Grand Hall for the live Expo on the 17th & 18th November. This is going to be one major celebration as they open our doors to the UK's biggest festival of construction! Much more than ... 
10 November 2021

AMES UK Invest in New Production Facility for Woodshaw

Kelkay acquired the Woodshaw production facilities in Doncaster in late 2018, since when the brand has grown and expanded to become a key element in the AMES UK portfolio. Now, as part of a wider expansion plan for all their UK based manufacturing, ... 
8 November 2021
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