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Government’s heat pumps plan “doomed to failure” without massive increase in training 

The Government’s plan to increase heat pump installations is “doomed to failure” without a substantial increase in training for installers, according to consumer advice specialists at The Heating Hub. Last week the Government outlined its 10-step ... 
24 November 2020

Kbsa welcomes level playing field for independent showrooms

The Kbsa has welcomed the news that Wren and Magnet are to close their stores in accordance with the latest government guidelines. Kbsa national chair Richard Hibbert said, “We have been relentless in our pursuit of Trading Standards to clarify the ... 
24 November 2020

Horticultural businesses optimistic but cautious for 2021, says HTA’s new Business Confidence Index 

Business confidence is returning to UK garden industry after the record crash in confidence in spring, says the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), as shown by its new Business Confidence Index survey of members and supported by positive garden ... 
24 November 2020

Almost a third of tradespeople have experienced mental health during the pandemic

Toolstation has partnered with Time to Change to support mental health amongst customers as a recent survey reveals the impact of the pandemic on tradespeople A recent customer survey* by Toolstation reveals:· 27% of all those surveyed ... 
24 November 2020

U turn on gas boiler phase out in 2023 welcome say Gas Users

Government U-turn on gas boiler ban in new homes welcome but further clarity needed to protect consumers, says Gas Users Organisation, which speaks for the 24 million households who use gas for their central heating. In a remarkable last minute ... 
23 November 2020

BHETA to ‘walk 500 miles’ for Rainy Day Trust

A British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) team is set to walk (or run) over 500 miles between now and Christmas to raise money for the industry charity, The Rainy Day Trust. The specific target is 509 miles, that being the distance ... 
23 November 2020

Poinsettias hold the key to supercharging houseplant departments this festive season

Covid-19 has been relentless in its determination to throw a spanner in retailers’ plans throughout much of 2020, but despite the economic uncertainty, come rain or snow, over the next few weeks shoppers will be flocking to garden centres in their ... 
23 November 2020

AkzoNobel’s sustainability ambitions heat up with two new solar projects

Thousands of solar panels have been installed at two AkzoNobel sites on two continents as the company continues to accelerate towards its ambition of cutting carbon emissions in half by 2030.The two recent projects have been taking place in Garcia, ... 
23 November 2020

HTA reacts to regulations on second lockdown in England 

James Clark, HTA Director of Policy and Communications, said: “Now that we have the Government regulations for this second period of lockdown we know for certain that concessions within garden centres must close, unless they are selling aquatic, pet ... 
6 November 2020

Airtech encourages households to protect their lungs by taking action during UK Radon Awareness Week

Airtech, the condensation, mould and radon specialists, has been supporting UK Radon Awareness Week (2-8 November 2020) which is run by the UK Radon Association, by encouraging households to protect their lungs by being Radon Aware and taking action.... 
6 November 2020

Toolstation to remain open as an essential retailer during lockdown

In line with government guidelines, as an essential retailer of tools, DIY and hardware and a critical part of the supply chain for the construction industry, all Toolstation stores will remain open across the UK to provide its trade and retail ... 
5 November 2020

Radon Awareness Week aims to highlight the risk of radon exposure to health

This week, from the 2nd to 9th November, marks Radon Awareness Week in the UK and the campaigns’ primary goal is to raise the public’s awareness and knowledge of what radon is and the risks it presents to our health. 2020 has been a year when lung ... 
5 November 2020

MKM Building Supplies Limited Acquires DTC Merchants Limited

MKM Building Supplies, the UK's largest independent builder's merchant, is extending its geographic coverage in Scotland through the acquisition of DTC Merchants Limited. The transaction completed on 30th October and it will be business as usual for ... 
2 November 2020

Planning application submitted for new Homebase store in Abingdon

Planning permission is being submitted today for the opening of a new 23,800 sq ft Homebase store in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. If planning permission is granted, the store will open on the Fairacres Retail Park in late 2021 – making it the first new ... 
29 October 2020 reveals Brit's are overspending by nearly £10,000 when renovating their home

Brits spend £34,000 renovating their homes, on average. That’s according to new research by, which also reveals the areas of the home that are most commonly renovated, and the challenges people face when doing up their homes. You can ... 
28 October 2020

Picking up the paintbrush – the resurgence of DIY

The year 2020 has seen many UK homeowners swapping their usual technology filled hands for a paintbrush. Figures from Gov.UK show that between March and April 2020, gardening and DIY activity increased from ten minutes a day to nearly 50 minutes — ... 
27 October 2020

Leading UK stair part and mouldings manufacturer expands further

The UK’s leading stair part and mouldings manufacturer, Cheshire Mouldings continues to expand, investing a further £2 million to increase its UK production and distribution capabilities. The company, which is a firm supporter of UK manufacturing, ... 
26 October 2020

AkzoNobel delivers strong Q3 results with 3% growth in volumes and 18% increase in adjusted operating income

Akzo Nobel N.V. has published its results for third quarter 2020.Highlights Q3 2020ROS, excluding unallocated costs, increased to 17.7% (2019: 13.8%) due to strong margin management and cost savingsGrowth in volumes of 3%, with strong demand trends ... 
26 October 2020

Internet garden market set to achieve 25% growth in 2020

In 2020, the Internet garden products market is estimated to achieve growth of 25%, profiting from the surge in Internet usage as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the latest Internet Garden market report from AMA Research, it is ... 
26 October 2020

GIMA 2021 New Product Digest now live

The annual showcase of innovation from GIMA members – the GIMA New Product Digest - is now available, providing retailers with a comprehensive guide to the latest product innovations, point of sale and marketing initiatives ahead of the 2021 spring/... 
23 October 2020

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With many consumers starting their Christmas shopping early due to the Covid pandemic, are you expecting strong sales this December?

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