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BHETA enables kickstart funding for smaller employer members

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is set to apply to the Government’s Kickstart Scheme as an ‘organisation representative’ on behalf of its smaller employer members, enabling them to access the scheme. Kickstart offers support ... 
21 October 2020

Happy Compost – what’s new? The Greener Gardening Company unveils key sales drivers for 2021

When Happy Compost – a cutting-edge new brand of top performing peat-free growing media launched at Glee 2019, no-one could have predicted how demand for compost would skyrocket in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to The Greener ... 
20 October 2020

Azpects creates retail division

Azpects Ltd is pleased to welcome Geoff Seddon and Rebecca Cox to create the company’s retail division. Azpects is a specialist in developing and manufacturing products for creating and maintaining outdoor hard landscaping and is the creator of ... 
20 October 2020

Kitchens by design is latest retailer to join Kbsa

The Kbsa has welcomed Kitchens by Design, a showroom based in Coleford, Gloucestershire, as the latest member to join the association. Kitchens by Design specialise in superior German designed kitchens by Leicht and Nobilia. Established since 2005,... 
20 October 2020

Homebase signs long-term partnership with THG Ingenuity to transform the online shopping experience

Homebase, one of the UK's leading home and garden retailers, today announces a ten-year partnership with e-commerce specialist The Hut Group (THG) and its ecommerce services division, THG Ingenuity, to transform the online shopping experience for ... 
20 October 2020

Bedroom furniture market severely impacted by Covid-19 Pandemic

The bedroom furniture market has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, AMA Research have noted commonalities with most other consumer durables markets where a decrease in sales has been prominent and initial forecasts indicate a decline ... 
19 October 2020

Home improvements underpinning construction recovery, says FMB 

The recently released ONS construction output data showing the increase in private repair and maintenance work by 35.6% in the three months to August has been a welcome boost for British builders, but uncertainty remains for the wider construction ... 
19 October 2020

New dates for PATS Sandown 2021 announced

Organisers of PATS Sandown have announced the show will be moving to a new date in 2021. The two-day pet industry exhibition will now be held on Tuesday, May 11th, and Wednesday, May 12th, again at Sandown Park, Surrey. The decision to move from the ... 
2 October 2020

Revealed: The hardest and easiest places to get planning permission

As working from home becomes the new ‘normal’ and the country adapts to new ways of living, working and socialising, many of us are now looking to renovate our homes to gain some all-important extra space. Large home improvements like extensions and ... 
2 October 2020

Hansa joins forces with Lawn Care Legends to give away £2,600 chipper

Lawn care professionals, landscapers and gardeners can be in with the chance of winning a top of the range Hansa chipper, worth £2,600, as part of a giveaway with Lawn Care Legends.Hansa has donated one of its C7 chippers to the annual Lawn Care ... 
1 October 2020

The costs, risks, and rise in requests for stove installations as winter approaches

With winter fast approaching, stove retailer Glowing Embers has researched the rise in requests for stove installations in the home, including the expected costs involved, the potential dangers of DIY installation, and other considerations to be ... 
30 September 2020

Homebase launches new home range for Autumn/Winter 2020

Homebase, one of the UK's leading home and garden retailers, has launched its AW20 home range in store and online. Three existing collections – Homeland Flora, Deco Luxe and Pioneer – have been reinvented in this trend-driven range from Homebase. ... 
30 September 2020

Supporter shout-out: Greenfingers thanks Evergreen Garden Care for its ongoing support

The Greenfingers Charity welcomes support from all corners of the garden retail sector, with many retailers and suppliers pulling together to help raise much needed funds. One such supplier is Evergreen Garden Care, which has once again dug deep to ... 
29 September 2020

Dulux Academy enhances range of colour training with new online ColourFutures workshop 

Dulux Academy has expanded the opportunities for decorators to upskill - by introducing a new Dulux Academy Live colour workshop dedicated to the 2021 ColourFutures palettes. The workshop builds on Dulux Academy’s commitment to provide the trade ... 
29 September 2020

The bathroom products market remains resilient during Covid-19 Pandemic

The latest Bathroom market report from AMA Research highlights the impact of Covid-19 on the industry and how the future of these companies will be driven not just by the transferrable utilities of their products and services but by how they are ... 
28 September 2020

Toolstation store arrives in Chepstow

Toolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing and largest suppliers of tools and more is pleased to announce the opening of its Chepstow store on Monday 21st September, bringing the Toolstation experience to local trade and DIY customers. Monday also ... 
25 September 2020

Houseplant sales bloom in July

Sales of houseplants at garden centres across the country bloomed in July (2020) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade report. Compared with the same month in 2019, sales were up 81.82%. Iain Wylie, GCA Chief ... 
25 September 2020

Dickies celebrates inspiration in the trades

Global workwear brand Dickies is calling on tradespeople to nominate someone whose work inspires them as part of a new campaign celebrating those who love what they do and take pride in their work. The global campaign, United by Inspiration, United ... 
24 September 2020

Kingfisher Group releases half year results ended 31 July 2020

Kingfisher Group has released its half year results which show the business has faired well through the challenging first six months of 2020, with sales of just under £6b and gross profits of just over £2b, providing a margin of 37 per cent. ... 
23 September 2020

Gardening a lifesaver in lockdown, according to Squire’s Garden Centres survey

Squire’s Garden Centres has released the results of their “Gardening during Lockdown” survey. The recent survey of over 3,000 people looked at how much gardening people did during lockdown in Spring 2020, what people planted then and what they will ... 
23 September 2020
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