Kingfisher upgrades profit forecast

Kingfisher, the group that operates B&Q and Screwfix in the UK, increased sales by 26% in June.  Half year profits will be ahead of last year. Read more

B&Q New Malden

Dobbies partners with Sainsbury’s to sell groceries

Dobbies has partnered with Sainsbury’s to sell a range of the supermarket’s food and groceries at its garden centres. Read more

Fresh @ Burcot Garden Centre is closing later this month

Fresh @ Burcot Garden Centre at Bromsgrove is closing later this month. The garden centre is being sold by Nicci and Neil Gow. Read more

The show must go on

Whartons Garden Roses continues to invest in research and development by trialling new roses varieties. Read more

Whartons' trials

Garden centres are cautious about restaurant reopening

While Dobbies are reopening their restaurants as soon as permitted, others are adopting a more cautious approach.  Some are not opening this month. Read more

Blue Diamond at East Bridgford, before the lockdown

SBM restructures its European marketing team

SBM has restructured its European marketing team adding four including James Ramnought in the UK as head of marketing for North West Europe (United  Kingdom / Benelux). Read more

Tragic accident at Westland’s Dungannon factory

The BBC has reported that a man has died in what has been described as a "tragic accident" at Westland's peat plant in Dungannon, County Tyrone.  Read more

Homebase restructures SSO and closes Wallington office

News has been published by Insight DIY of a significant restructuring of the Homebase business which took place earlier this week.  Read more

Record sales for Klondyke since lockdown

2019 Results show steady sales and profit growth for Klondyke.  Subsequently, the company weathered the Covid-19 lockdown without needing extra funds and has had 3 weeks of record sales. Read more

Houghton Hall Garden Centre

Positive Covid-19 test closes B&Q store - UPDATED

UPDATED B&Q reacted quickly to a positive Coronavirus test of a staff member, asking customers to immediately leave its store in Wallasey.  Now a second store, in Wales, has been closed. Read more

Parasene set to return to the market

The Parasene brand has been bought by a former employee, John Cartwright, the owner of Fireside Products Ltd. Read more

John Cartwright, MD of Fireside Products

Dobbies signs as anchor at proposed Tewkesbury designer outlet

Dobbies has signed up as the leisure anchor at the planned Designer Outlet Cotswolds at J9 of the M5, close to Ashchurch. It is planned to open in 2022. Read more

Scottish Garden Centres may open from Friday 29th

Nicola Sturgeon has said Scotland can now move to phase one of easing the lockdown. Garden centres will be permitted to reopen from Friday 29th May. Read more

Scottish garden centres are likely to re-open from 28th May

Nicola Sturgeon has announced that Scottish garden centres are likely be permitted to reopen from 28th May as part of limited easing of the lockdown. Read more

Smart Garden to import facemasks

Smart Garden have tapped into their extensive Chinese supply chain and are importing a large quantity of 3-ply disposable, medical-grade, face masks. Read more

Woodlodge buys Adobe Wholesale and The Garden Foundry

Leading pot supplier, Woodlodge, is extending its garden decoration offer with the acquisition of Adobe Wholesale and The Garden Foundry. Read more

Bosch and Gardena establish battery alliance

More flexibility than ever before for users in and around the home and garden and time with one battery for many brands. Read more

Bosch and Gardena establish battery alliance

Sipcam Home & Garden becomes the exclusive distributor of Blumen International’s leading product portfolio

Sipcam Home & Garden, the company behind the innovative ecofective® and RHS Garden Care ranges, has signed a deal with Blumen International Ltd that will see Sipcam appointed as the exclusive distributor of Blumen’s product portfolio across the UK & Republic of Ireland. Read more

Northern Irish growers to share £1.5m support package

The HTA reports a £1.5m COVID-19 support package is being offered to Northern Ireland horticultural businesses and calls again for a grant aid scheme for British growers. Read more

Image from Papervale Trees

Two acquisitions for Eliza Tinsley

Eliza Tinsley has bought Reedy Tools and Greenman Garden Tools. Read more

Wyevale Garden Centres has been wound up

On 28th May Wyevale Garden Centres Ltd, one of garden centres’ biggest names disappeared into history, when it was wound up after trading for 58 years.  We look back through the years. Read more

Immediate action saved Blue Diamond from a very serious financial problem

2019 results show Blue Diamond had a strong year.  What followed with Covid-19 threatened up to 3 months with no sales.  “This would have been a tragedy as well as a major financial loss.” Read more

Queues at Redfields on Saturday afternoon

done is better than perfect’ replaces One Kingfisher

Along with its annual results, the new CEO of Kingfisher, Thierry Garnier, reveals a new strategy for Kingfisher. “It needs to be simpler, leaner, more agile, open to partnerships, and even more customer-focused.” Read more

Garden Centre in Bury St Edmunds to close

Marlows Home and Garden Centre in Bury St Edmunds is to close, blaming poor trading conditions caused by Coronavirus. Read more

All Female Nursery Business Expands Export Sales to the UK

Two nurseries in Tuscany are cooperating, under the brand Tuscany Growers, to significantly expand their market by developing sales to the UK. Read more

Merger creates Europe’s largest hydroponics distributor

UK based HydroGarden has merged with leading German hydroponics wholesaler, Grow In, based in Berlin, creating the largest hydroponics wholesaler in the European market. Read more

England's driest May leads to record demand for water

May was the sunniest on record and the driest in England at only 17% of the average, leading to a call to cut back on paddling pools and sprinklers. Read more

B&M sales surge as DIY and garden retailers are closed

B&M has revealed like-for-like sales grew +22.7% in the first 8 weeks of the new financial year, driven by exceptionally strong DIY and gardening. Read more

Broil King aims to be number 1 in the UK

Broil King BBQs aim to become the dominant market leader in the UK luxury BBQ sector within 3 years.  Read more

Manufacturers struggling to keep up with growing media demand

Unprecedented consumer demand for growing media, even during the lockdown, means manufacturers are struggling to keep up with deliveries. Read more

A well stocked compost display earlier in the year

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