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WWW.DIYWEEK.NET Acid sales to under 18s will be banned

Home secretary Amber Rudd says it will be an offence to sell corrosive substances to anyone under the age of 18 and announces a crackdown on online knife sales. Her promise, announced at the Conservative Party Conference today, has been prompted by an increasing number of reported acid attacks, with more than 400 assaults using corrosive substances recorded in the six months to April this year. Addressing party members at the conference in Manchester, Ms Rudd said: “Acid attacks are absolutely revolting. You have all seen the pictures of victims that never fully recover - endless surgeries, lives ruined.

“So, today I am announcing a

new offence, to prevent the sale of acids to under 18s.”

She added that there would be implications for people carrying acid in public “if they don’t have a good reason.” Ms Rudd also revealed plans to “drastically limit” sales of sulphuric acid, which can be used to make homemade explosives and announced that she would be taking a tougher stance on knife sales. She outlined her intention to prevent the online sale of knives to children and to make the possession of flick knives and zombie knives at home illegal. Speaking to DIY Week, British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) president and director of the Tool Shop Group, Vin Vara highlights the potential risk factors this may pose to businesses, saying: “It will have an effect

on independent retailers as this is going to be another test for them, they will have to be careful with who they are selling these products to, similar to the knife sales. “It will test [the bigger companies] a lot more and independent retailers will probably give one or two aisles to cleaning products, drain products or things like that, where they will only have four or five types of products and that will be their maximum stock, whereas corporate companies will have multiple stock and bigger quantities on their displays and shelves.”

BIRA has been working with the Government to outline a proposal to individual retailers who stock acid products, which includes the objective and

commitments regarding the responsible sales of acid and corrosive products; this includes age identification, staff supported by till alerts, supervision and the inclusion of the products in age restricted sales training.

Centurion Europe is offering all retailers a free age-restricted products information sign for use in store. Claim yours now by emailing marketing manager Glynn Fox directly at gfox@

DIY Week Awards: entry has never been simpler

With a new-look website and exciting new categories, it has never been easier to enter the DIY Week Awards.

As well as revamping our categories to reflect the changing home improvement and garden retail sector, we have simplified the entry process to make it even more accessible to the busy suppliers and retailers in our industry. There are no forms to download or pages to print off (and then re-print when

you misplace the first set); everything is done online and has been designed to be as straightforward as possible. Excellence and innovation deserves to be rewarded and we all know how important it is to have your hard work and successes recognised but we also know you need to get back to being busy at doing what you do best.

Among the new supplier categories this year are Digital Investment of the Year and Retailer Suppotr Initiative, while new additions for retailers include Website or Digital Initiative of the Year and Team of the Year, which recognises the people that are integral to the success of the business and the customer experience.

For more information on our categories and information on how to enter, please visit

This could be your year to

secure a DIY Week Award for your business. Don’t miss your chance to shine and join the DIY Week Awards roll of honour.

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