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NEWS


NEWS IN BRIEF n As Buildbase


announces the launch of Plumbingbase within its estate and Screwfix reveals its specialist trade counters for plumbers are driving LFL sales growth, a new report from AMA Research reports that the plumbers’ merchants market was worth an estimated £4.2billion in 2017, representing growth of around 2% from 2016. n In a trading update for its full-year results, Topps Tiles has reported improved trading in Q4 and said pre-tax profits will be ahead of previous expectations but the group says it remains cautious in its outlook and is maintaining a tight control on costs. The tile and flooring retailer said adjusted revenues for the 52 weeks ending September 29, 2018 are expected to be in the region of £215million, compared with £211.8million the previous year. Like-for-like revenues were flat when compared to the prior year when they declined -2.9%. n Tile Giant has signed a deal to launch an exclusive range of tiles curated by the leading consumer decorating title. The six-strong capsule collection is set to launch this month both through the Tile Giant website and from selected stores nationwide. The collection has been put together based on trends identified by the panel of design experts at both Homes & Gardens and Tile Giant and will feature monochrome patterns, muted Mediterranean tones and encaustic-style patterns. n An award winning Bradford garden centre has made its mark on a talented junior football team by sponsoring its kit for the next two seasons. Tong Garden Centre has supported Rothwell Juniors Under- 14s, who play in Division One of the Garforth League, with a smart new strip. Tong’s plant buyer, Steve Smith, who arranged the sponsorship with marketing manager, Jo Dales said: “We are always enthusiastic about supporting the local community and it is a pleasure to help the youngsters who are taking part in sport in this way.


4 DIY WEEK 12 OCTOBER 2018


Wyevale sells off five garden centres to Dobbies


Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) has announced the sale of five garden centres to Dobbies Garden Centres. The centres include Gloucester; Heighley Gate; Huntingdon; Woodbridge and Woodlands. WGC chief executive, Roger Mclaughlan said: “We are pleased to have agreed the sale


of five of our largest centres to Dobbies, one of the UK’s biggest and most experienced garden centre operators. We would like to thank our great colleagues at these centres, who have been central to our turnaround in the past few years and wish them well for the next stage of their growth and development under Dobbies’ ownership.” Chief


Dobbies Graeme


executive Garden


Jenkins officer said: of


Centres, “The


acquisition of these five centres is in line with our strategic growth plan for Dobbies. We are looking forward to welcoming our new team members and to working


with them to develop the centres over the years to come.” The acquisition brings more than 400 team members to Dobbies and takes the garden centre retailer’s estate to 39 centres across the UK. The five centres are all larger destination garden centres, similar in size to the nine centres sold to Blue Diamond in July. WGC has received a significant number of offers for all or part of the remaining WGC business with the most recent centres being Croydon Purley Way, Sidmouth, Solihull and Windsor, which was sold less than two weeks ago.


Walton Flooring Centre eyes expansion with £250k finance package


The Liverpool-based flooring company, which won the Business Expansion Award at this year’s DIY Week Awards, has set its sights on ambitious growth plans, with a move to a new 36,000sq ft unit in Huyton next year after securing a quarter of a million pound bespoke finance package. Walton Flooring Centre worked with Wirral-based finance specialists, Bathgate Business Finance to secure a series of deals that would support the expansion plans of the family-owned business. The largest family-owned flooring company in the North West, Walton Flooring Centre has grown from just one store in Walton in 2011 to five across the region in less than seven years. Woods Squared Limited managing director, accountant Alan Woods introduced Walton Flooring Centre’s Edward and


its store launch programme; planning five new locations for 2019 creating an estimated 11 new jobs, as well as launching two e-commerce websites to further increase revenue. Managing director


James Harper


(L-R)Walton Flooring Centre managing director James Harper with Paul Trickett of Bathgate Business Finance.


James Harper, to Paul Trickett at Bathgate Business Finance. With


finance in place, the


flooring firm plans to move from its current 6,000sq ft headquarters to a new 36,000sq ft unit in Huyton in early 2019, which will house its head office function, Huyton operations, warehouse and a training academy. It also aims to accelerate


UK pet industry toasts a successful year at 2018 PetQuip awards event


Around 200 luminaries representing the UK and international retailer


and


supplier pet sector attended the 2018 PetQuip Awards & Dinner party held on 23 September. The sixth edition of this annual event took place in the Ludlow Suite at the Telford International Centre during the PATS Telford pet trade exhibition. The organisers were pleased to take part in the awards evening by announcing the PATS New Product awards prior to the PetQuip Awards presentations.


The PetQuip awards,


presented by Pat Flynn, PetQuip trade association manager and Amanda Sizer


Barrett MBE,


director general of the PetQuip association, included eight gold and eight silver medals, plus six highly commended awards and a special Lifetime Achievement Award for John James of James & Steel.


Reacting to Group 55’s double win, Stephen Turner said: “To win both of these prestigious awards – Business of the Year and Exporter of the Year – is amazing. It’s the ultimate recognition for the work


said: “Despite a


challenging start to the year we’re approaching our busiest sales period in an extremely healthy position. We are starting to see the results of our investment into the contract market, which is a new area for us and significant opportunity to increase revenue. “The financial solutions


provided to us by Bathgate Business Finance have made it so much easier to operate and forecast cashflow, allowing us to invest more confidently in stock. The whole process has been incredibly simple and it has meant that we haven’t lost any momentum in our expansion plans.”


The sale is expected to complete in late October with the centres reopening as Dobbies soon after. Chief financial officer of WGC, Anthony Jones said: “Since the launch of the sale process in May we have already sold 23 centres and are currently evaluating a wide range of competitive offers from group buyers, regional operators and local entrepreneurs. We look forward to further positive discussions with all potential buyers.” Managing director of Christie & Co, Darren Bond said: “Since the start of the WGC sale process, the opportunity to run one, a small group or a portfolio of garden centres has ignited interest within the sector and beyond. We are delighted to have supported the sale of these five centres to Dobbies, meaning we have now exchanged on 28 sites as part of the sale process.”


Retail sales struggle in September


In September, UK retail sales decreased by 0.2% on a like- for-like basis from September 2017, when they had increased 1.9% from the preceding year. On a total basis, sales


increased 0.7% in September, against an increase of 2.3% in September 2017. This is the lowest since October, excluding Easter distortions, and below the 3-month and 12-month averages of 1.2% and 1.3% respectively. Over the three months to September, In-store sales of Non-Food items declined 2.7% on a Total basis and 4.0% on a Like-for-like basis. This is in line with the 12-month Total average decline of 2.7%. Over


the three-months to


we do. It couldn’t be achieved without a fantastic team.” John James was thrilled at the surprise announcement, he said: “I had no idea this was going to happen. It’s a very humbling experience and one I will treasure. It is wonderful to be recognised in this way.”


September, Non-Food retail sales in the UK decreased 1.6% on a like-for-like basis and 0.6% on a Total basis. This is in line with the 12-month Total average decrease of 0.5%. September Non-Food sales remained in decline. However online sales of Non- Food products grew 5.4% in September, against a growth of 10.7% in September 2017, the second-best growth of 2017. This is the lowest growth since January and below the 3-month and 12-month averages of 6.7% and 7.1% respectively. Online penetration rate increased from 22.7% to 24.2% in September 2018.


UK head of retail at KPMG, Paul Martin commented: “Like- for-like retail sales in September were down 0.2% on this time last year, but then last year consumers were remaining more defiant in the face of Brexit and shopping regardless.”


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