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Buy it Direct boss calls for investigation into international shipping ‘cartel’

A leading British online consumer goods retailer is calling for an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority into the ‘cartel’ run among international freight lines.The cost of shipping large items overseas has increased sevenfold in a ... 
16 July 2021

Kingfisher plc releases trading update

Kingfisher plc has provided an update on Q2 trading to date and is raising its guidance for H1 21/22 LFL sales and adjusted pre-tax profit.Key pointsContinuing to make significant progress against ‘Powered by Kingfisher’ strategic priorities, ... 
15 July 2021

Wickes opens new store in Sunderland

Home improvement business Wickes is opening a brand new store in Sunderland. Officially welcoming customers from 2nd July, the store is situated on the Pennywell Industrial Estate. Open Monday to Saturday 7am - 8pm and Sunday 10am - 4pm, the store ... 
14 July 2021

Screwfix locks in over 10,000 products at 2020 prices

Screwfix have over 10,000 products at 2020 prices, going even further to support the Nation’s tradespeople and serious DIYers. Customers can make the most of these fantastic prices on big name brands such as Titan, Bosch and Stanley are all featured ... 
14 July 2021

Fleet Investment for Local Builders Merchant Thompson & Parkes

A well-known and respected family-run builders’ merchants Thompson & Parkes have added to their fleet in response to growing business demand from across the area. Supplying all manner of building and landscaping materials, this latest investment ... 
13 July 2021

Brand New Machinery Arrives at What More UK

Leading housewares brand and manufacturer What More UK has taken delivery of their latest consignment of machinery. What More UK is the UK's largest manufacturer and brand leader in the housewares market. It is a multi-award winning employer in the ... 
12 July 2021

DIY Week Awards 2021 – Shortlisted finalists revealed!

This year’s DIY Week Awards presentation event (#diyweekawards) will be live-streamed to a global audience for the first time in its ten year history, reaching more DIY industry professionals then ever before and providing increased coverage for the ... 
8 July 2021

Sales hit record high at Southern Sheeting - fuelled by a DIY pandemic boom

Building materials supplier Southern Sheeting has reported record sales driven by the nation’s craze for DIY as customers decided to make home improvements during the pandemic.The business posted an 84 per cent increase in revenue growth from its ... 
8 July 2021

Retailers join forces to tackle climate change in the Race to Zero

Leading retailers H&M Group, Ingka Group (IKEA), Kingfisher plc and Walmart today launched a new climate change initiative – the Race to Zero Breakthroughs: Retail Campaign – in partnership with the COP26 High Level Climate Action Champions and ... 
7 July 2021

1 in 2 British first-time buyers are more DIY confident after lockdown

One in two (51%) young British adults considered to be within the first-time buyer age range (25 to 44-year-olds) have attempted more DIY and home improvement tasks as a result of the time spent in lockdown, according to a new survey by leading ... 
7 July 2021

ManoMano, raises 355M$ in fundraising and confirms the UK as the fastest growing market

ManoMano, the leading European marketplace specialising in online DIY, home improvement and gardening, today announces the successful completion of its $355 million Series F fundraising and that it has reached $2.6 billion in valuation. ManoMano ... 
6 July 2021

The Rainy Day Trust £10 Junior Apprentice Challenge #JAT

Looking for something different to do with the kids this summer holiday? Then why not give the Rainy Day Trust Junior Apprentice Challenge 2021 a try? The idea is really simple, we give your child, aged 11-16 years old, a crisp new £10 note and they ... 
6 July 2021

Flooring Superstore expands sustainable product offering

Flooring Superstore, one of the fastest growing retailers of residential flooring, has expanded its range of sustainable products, including rugs and runners made from recycled t-shirts, and a new range of eco-friendly carpets manufactured from ... 
6 July 2021

HMG Paints launch new Fence and Shed Paint colours

The UK’s largest Independent Paint Manufacturer expand Fence and Shed Paint range of colours for Summer 2021. Available online and through distribution across the country, the new colours are already being utilised in gardens ahead of the next ... 
5 July 2021

What More UK: Why New Product Development and Innovation is Important to Us

What More UK, the market leading UK housewares manufacturer, started out with just 14 products, now they offer a range of nearly 2000 items. We asked them why new product development is such an important part of the business.What More UK is well ... 
5 July 2021

Exclusively sets the style trends – Togetherness

The Exclusively exhibition (24th to 25th August at the Business Design Centre) has a reputation for predicting commercial trends and a proven track record for enabling brands to get in front of buyers and the media. With the return of the ‘live’ ... 
5 July 2021

Housing stock needs to future proof for climate change

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has published an Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk, to set out the priority climate change risks and opportunities the Government should embrace for the UK. Based on the key findings of the third Climate ... 
5 July 2021

Agreement to Divest Traditional Merchanting Business in Great Britain

Grafton Group plc (“Grafton or the Group”), the building materials distributor and DIY retailer with operations in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands, announces that it has entered into an agreement to divest its Traditional Merchanting Business in ... 
2 July 2021

Dulux Decorator Centre kick-starting careers for young people through Prince’s Trust Partnership

Dulux Decorator Centre is helping to usher a new generation of talent into the business - by providing a host of roles to disadvantaged young people. Aiming to help bridge the industry-wide skills shortage, the 33 positions are reserved exclusively ... 
1 July 2021

Nottingham home improvements company unveils new showroom in Basford

Basford-based home improvements firm, Stormclad, has opened its third showroom at its head office premises on Basford Road in Nottingham. Showcasing a wide range of products including windows and doors to evidence Stormclad’s wide range of services, ... 
30 June 2021
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