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Local house builders need land to unlock new generation of self-builders, says FMB

The ‘Help to Build’ fund announced on Friday 23 April will help a new generation of people build their own home, but small to medium-sized (SME) house builders need access to more small sites to help make their dreams a reality, according to the ... 
26 April 2021

Kingspan agrees investment partnership with H2 Green Steel

Kingspan, the global leader in advanced insulation and building envelope solutions, has announced an investment in H2 Green Steel (‘H2GS’), a company pioneering new green production methods for steel manufacturing using hydrogen. Kingspan is ... 
26 April 2021

AkzoNobel voluntarily returns full £2.8 million of UK government’s furlough funding

AkzoNobel has voluntarily decided to return the full £2.8 million received through the UK government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS), also known as furlough. The emergency employment support scheme was set up by the UK government in 2020 to ... 
23 April 2021

GARDENA honoured with Red Dot Design Awards 

The GARDENA ClickUp! range, the RollUp range of wall-mounted and garden hose boxes as well as the new robotic lawnmower SILENO minimo have been awarded the highly coveted Red Dot Design Award 2021. One handle, a whole host of possibilities. The ... 
22 April 2021

Homebase goes big on going small

Homebase has ramped up the rollout of its small-format stores with the opening of a new high street shop in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. In a show of its belief in the future of the British high street, Homebase has added a Kitchens by Homebase to an ... 
22 April 2021

Gardena searches for the uk’s most passionate gardener, this National Gardening Week

Gardena has announced its search to find “The UK’s most passionate gardener”, this National Gardening Week (Tuesday 27 April – Sunday 02 May). Leading gardening brand, Gardena is asking all UK gardening enthusiasts to submit nominations for the UK’s ... 
21 April 2021

Help to restore our planet on Earth Day

Activists like Greta Thunberg are joining this year’s 48 hours of global action. And as former primary school teacher Abby Milnes of education resource experts PlanBee shows, even the youngest children can get into the spirit of the day with simple ... 
20 April 2021

£75m brownfield land release scheme goes live

Tricky development sites are to get access to funding for site preparation and infrastructure with the launch of the £75m brownfield land release scheme today. The money includes £25m allocated to fund self and custom build projects which can be on ... 
20 April 2021

Derbyshire insulation manufacturer lands £250,000 funding package

One of the UK’s leading building insulation manufacturers, YBS Insulation (“YBS”), has received a £250,000 loan to progress its growth plans. YBS secured the finance from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (“MEIF”) East & South East Midlands ... 
19 April 2021

Flooring industry counts down to catch up, at CFJLIVE

The flooring industry is preparing for CFJLIVE - its first official event in over a year - which takes place on Thursday 1 July. The free-to-attend global exhibition is the UK industry’s first ever virtual event, bringing together over 100 global ... 
19 April 2021

Industry reaction as Rightmove claims prices hit record high & properties sell at fastest pace ever recorded

Managing Director of Barrows and Forrester, James Forrester, commented: “A record-breaking month on many fronts with asking prices increasing at an incredible rate, as a heightened level of demand pushes property values ever higher. This price ... 
19 April 2021

New Travis Perkins branch opens in Martlesham Heath creating 16 new local jobs

Travis Perkins, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of building materials to the building and construction industry, opens its newest branch on Monday, 19 April 2021 at Hilton Road, Martlesham Heath, creating 16 new jobs in the local area.The brand ... 
16 April 2021

Urgent calls for changes in how we define fresh air

As the UK emerges from lockdown, a leading ventilation specialist is accelerating calls for a clearer definition of ‘fresh air’, in order to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) in our public buildings. With the closing down of many public spaces as a ... 
15 April 2021

Bird-loving brits urged to boost biodiversity and save feathered friends

With spring firmly on our doorstep, Homebase, the homes and gardens expert, has revealed there’s a lack of knowledge when it comes to the UK’s bird population, with one in 20 Brits unable to identify any of the most commons birds, from blackbirds to ... 
15 April 2021

Half of homebuyers head to more affluent areas during property market boom

Research by estate agent comparison site,, has revealed just how instrumental the pandemic has been in shaping the property priorities of UK homebuyers. The monotony of months spent at home due to lockdown restrictions has caused many ... 
14 April 2021

Squire’s financial results encouraging despite a challenging year

The Directors of Squire’s Garden Centres are pleased to report that they have just filed their annual accounts at Companies House for the year ending 31 July 2020. The accounting period spanned pre-pandemic, the first lockdown and subsequent high ... 
13 April 2021

Homebase partners with Next to launch garden centres

Homebase is set to bring the best of its gardening products to a selection of Next stores. This is part of a trial across the country between the two well-loved British brands.Six Homebase garden centres will open in Next stores in Shoreham, Ipswich,... 
12 April 2021

Lords Builders Merchants announce the acquisition of Condell Ltd

Lords Builders Merchants has accquired the majority shareholding in Condell Ltd. Condells currently operates from two branches – Sutton (South London), Horsham (West Sussex) and has a strong on-line presence. The company was founded in 2006 by Ruth ... 
9 April 2021

Online tropical plant retailer launches first store for ‘millennial gardeners’  

An online store selling hundreds of exotic houseplants has opened its first retail space in response to a growing trend for indoor gardening across the UK. Grow Tropicals will specialise in exotic and rare tropical plants and indoor gardening ... 
8 April 2021

Warm weather and easing of restrictions drives footfall up, but Easter hit by cold Monday

Footfall across UK retail destinations rose by +8.5% last week from the week before, but was fuelled primarily by the warm weather at the beginning of the week.The increase in activity in high streets and retail parks was of a similar magnitude (+9% ... 
7 April 2021

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