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NEWS


DIY Week Awards compere and new sponsors announced


Iranian comedian and writer, Shappi Khorsandi will host the annual DIY Week Awards, set to take place on Friday, May 10 in London.


grabbed the


Shappi Khorsandi first comedy world’s


attention with her original sell- out Edinburgh show, Asylum Speaker in 2006. Her career has taken her to all corners of the globe, and Shappi has appeared on countless TV & radio shows, including; Mock The Week, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You, QI, Just a Minute, Lenny’s Britain, Channel 4’s Alternative Election Night, and the Big Read.


She has also become a regular on Radio 4 shows, with credits from Quote Unquote and The Unbelievable Truth, to her own series Shappi Talk. She is currently touring the UK with her latest show, ‘Skittish Warrior… Confessions of a Club Comic’. Outside standup, Shappi is a sought-after commentator on everything from Woman’s Hour


to the Open University,


Question Time and The Culture Show, as well as writing a regular column for the Independent. DIY Week is delighted that Shappi has come on board as compere of the 2019 DIY


Ikea to open new planning studio in Bromley


Ikea UK will open a new Planning Studio in Bromley on Thursday, March 28. It will mark the second off the new format stores to open in London, following on from the opening of its first on Tottenham Court Road in October 2018. The new Planning Studio


will offer a personalised service dedicated to planning bedrooms


and kitchens. Customers will have the opportunity to book one-to- one in-store appointments with specialist co-workers, ensuring an easy and convenient way to get the advice and inspiration they need to browse, plan and order furniture for a bigger project in their home. Ikea Bromley will also feature a community room, a flexible space


Week Awards. She will entertain guests and host


the awards


presentation at the lunchtime event, which takes place on May 10 at the Tower Hotel, London. Meanwhile, two fantastic new sponsors have come on board to support the awards: Henkel and Barrettine.


First-time sponsor and past award-winner, Barrettine manufactures DIY, woodcare, home care and surface protection products. Sales director Phil Gibbins said: “We are happy to sponsor such an established, respected and highly-prestigious event, as this, which offers great


which the local community can use to host events, workshops, meetings and training. The space will be available to hire for up to 20 people. There will also be plenty of areas for customers to relax in, with soft seating across the store and a demo kitchen for food activities and events. Ikea


London City Centre


market leader Jane Bisset said: “The opening of our new Planning Studio in Bromley will mark the next exciting step in our city centre approach as we bring Ikea to the heart of urban areas in London. We’re excited to introduce a community room to this particular Planning Studio, which we encourage the people of Bromley to take full advantage of.”


Ikea carried out home visits with people living in the heart of Bromley, observing daily tasks such as cooking a meal in their kitchen to help fully understand their


life at home so that they


could reflect this in the new Planning Studio.


Plantscape opens second nursery


Plantscape has developed a new nursery site in Yorkshire in response to rising demand for its self-watering planters and hanging baskets by towns, cities, In Bloom groups and BID organisations across the UK.


The new 10,000sq ft facility in


York will enable the company to produce another 1,200 planters


a year. Its current 100,000sq ft nursery complex in Derbyshire grows plants for 12,500 planters. The new site, which consists of a large greenhouse and five polytunnels, will be used to service some of Plantscape’s contracts


in the north and


Scotland including historic walled cities York and Chester.


Plantscape has also just


won a new summertime floral contract with Oban Business Improvement District in Scotland which has been successfully using the company’s solar powered Christmas trees for the past three winters. BID4Oban has ordered 260 holestars, for use on walls and lampposts, which will be installed in May.


Local business D.W. Nye renamed


Kingsfold based builders’ merchant D.W. Nye has renamed the business as NYEs Building Supplies. The rebrand follows the company’s recent announcement that it will be expanding the existing facilities with the addition of a new 1000sq mwarehouse and office. The family-owned merchant, which has been


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selling to industry professionals and DIYers for over 30 years, is already affectionately referred to as NYEs by its existing customers. Managing director Rex Nye said: “We’re proud of


the reputation we’ve cultivated over the years, we thought it was time to give our identity a new look by revamping our name, logo, website and depot.”


A new report suggests kitchen sales will rise by £50million in 2019, despite ongoing challenges for the £3billion kitchen products industry. Based on kitchen suppliers’ data, the research by MTW Research found that higher-value rigid kitchen cabinets, cooking appliances, premium taps, and dishwashers are outperforming the kitchen market. However, the mid-market continues to experience a squeeze on both prices and profits, with online


retailers continuing to


gain share through aggressive pricing strategies.


Looking at the top 10 kitchen design trends in 2019, the report noted that designs are “more complex and nuanced than ever, as consumers seek enhanced personalisation of their kitchens rather than traditional ‘off the shelf’ solutions”. The wide- ranging innovation in kitchen design continues to support the higher-value kitchen market in


2019, whilst at the same time the ‘unobtrusive kitchen’ continues to gain share due to more smaller, urban ‘open plan living’ homes. On distribution trends, Waddy identifies, “a discernible shift in kitchen distribution for 2019,” adding: “Kitchen retailers have mostly won the battle against the sheds, who are repositioning to more traditional DIY market positions.


Growth in the lower-


value sector is likely to be elusive in 2019, forcing online and DIY channels to engage in a ‘battle royale’ on pricing, with profound implications for kitchen suppliers with poorly-defined market positions.” Lower growth in the


mass market is likely to be compounded by the ‘kitchen refresh’ trend in 2019, with cost- conscious consumers opting to switch-out doors, handles and taps, rather than undertake larger scale full kitchen refits. However, real-term growth is forecast to return to the market in H2 2020.


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awareness to new innovative products. It’s also a great platform to launch them into the market place, with judges from all walks of the industry, offering credible reasons as to why people should buy them.” Global adhesives and sealants giant Henkel is on board again in 2019, having supported the


DIY Week Awards for several years now. Category manager Paul Bagnall, who also sits on the retailer judging panel, said: “The DIY Week Awards are a great platform for celebrating the initiatives of retailers and manufacturers alike. Henkel received three awards last year. This year, we are again supporting the event with sponsorship, and are really looking forward to celebrating this year’s winners.’’ Don’t miss out on your chance to be at this year’s fantastic industry event, and take advantage of key networking opportunities, plus the chance to celebrate the top products, companies and people within the home improvement garden sector.


and Book your place today at


www.diyweekawards.co.uk/ book-tickets/


UK kitchen market set for £50million boost


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