n Covers Homes Ideas in Chichester will be hosting another of its free cookery demo days on Saturday 28th September. Between 10am and 4pm, visitors to the branch on Quarry Lane will have the chance to sample a selection of savoury and sweet dishes served up by AEG product expert, Carol Potter. Recipes will include mini Yorkshire puddings, burger bites, chocolate orange Madeleines and gluten free Almendrados (Spanish almond cookies). A special £500 cash back offer will also be available on the day for customers purchasing four or more AEG kitchen appliances. n Patlock, the fitted French door lock, has announced the launch of its 2019 autumn/ winter advertising

campaign featuring former professional boxer, Frank Bruno. The 30 second television advert, will run across Channel 4, More4, BT Sport and UKTV, for five weeks in the UK, from Monday 28 October to Sunday 1 December, and then for a further two weeks from Monday 23 December to Sunday 5 January, during Christmas and New Year, a period of time where break-ins surge. n According to the latest visitor survey from the Homebuilding & Renovating Show, over one in four self-builders and home improvers, who have the motivation and the skills to create properties they want to live in, also run their own businesses. The survey reveals that the entrepreneurial spirit of these business owners crosses over into their personal lives. Self- building and property development appeals to their innovative nature, allowing them to create homes that are different and set apart from the mainstream. n Blanchard’s Home Hardware (Bideford) has won Home Hardware’s Cookshop Window Dressing Competition for the second consecutive year. Snapes Home Hardware (Cheadle Hulme) received the runner’s up prize. The competition was introduced to support the Cookshop Catalogue and to inspire retailers to create eye-catching window displays.


Homebase to close Worle store and downsize Gateshead branch

As the home improvement retailer continues to consult with landlords following its CVA, it has been revealed that its Queensway store in Worle will close before Christmas and its Gateshead branch will be split into two retail units.

Homebase, in Queensway, will shut its doors on December 20, with The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society, freehold owner of part of the site, having applied for permission to split the 5,060sq m unit into separate retail spaces. There are also plans to build a new service road allowing customers to exit only onto Queensway, replacing the existing entrance.

It is the latest on a list of

closures, as Homebase CEO Damian McGloughlin told DIY Week last month that the retailer was currently negotiating rent

terms with landlords of what the business describes as its “amber stores”. He said: “We’ve had to walk

away from some because we couldn’t negotiate a rent that worked for us but there have also been others we have had successful negotiations with and where we are staying.” The closure of 42 stores were announced when Homebase’s CVA was passed last August. The total number of branches that are set to shut or have already

ceased stands at 70. launches new tile and floor e-superstore

The rapidly-expanding online builders’ merchant has added a sixth portal to its family of e-commerce building material retail platforms, serving both professional

contractors and

DIY enthusiasts throughout the UK.

The new online superstore,, carries more than 5,000 flooring products, including marble and porcelain tiles, laminate flooring and carpet tiles. The new launch complements the company’s existing and successful portfolio of websites that already generate in excess of £38million in revenue. CEO Andy Dunkley said: “This is our sixth online superstore for specialist

L-R: Supply chain manager Carmen Lupei, operations director Callum Tasker, and Tile and Floor Superstore manager Heather Mcveigh

building supplies and materials, and grows our range of available products to a total of more than 75,000 across all of our websites as well as opening up a significant market opportunity for us as a

Thompson & Parkes opens new DIY retail shop

Thompson & Parkes officially launched its first retail shop serving the DIY market in Stourport on Saturday, September 14. Having taken over the site of an old wedding shop Minster Road, Stourport during the summer, Thompson & Parkes completely refurbished the unit to create a striking retail environment offering DIY, decorating and gardening tools and accessories. The shop will trade seven days a week. Company director Jean Morris commented: “We want to thank everyone from the local area, the business community, the Mayor of Stourport and our staff for joining us as we celebrated Saturday’s official launch. “This is our first retail shop and

we very much look forward to meeting, serving and continuing to support the local community for many more years to come.” Thompson & Parkes employs

more than 20 people locally across its new Stourport shop and established Kidderminster and Oreton branches. The business has traditionally supported the DIY enthusiast, sole trader and SMEs, through to large corporates, since 1937. The business continues to

provide a full range of

building, timber, landscaping and plumbing products via its builder’s merchant outlets, offering a full Dulux paint mixing and colour match service, which is now also available through the new Stourport shop.

L-R: Thompson & Parkes directors, Gary Wells and Jean Morris with Stourport store manager Nikki Shipton

The new opening created

seven new jobs in the area so far, with potential for further recruitment. New appointments include manager Nikki Shipton and supervisor Harry Dowling-Bingle.

Ms Morris said: “Our mantra is

‘Proud to be Local’, which meant it was fundamental that we recruited and sought services, trades and sundry items locally, where possible, which we did and in less than two months!”

growing firm. “With the building and construction materials sector having seen very little change despite the huge technological advances experienced by many other industries, we believe that the market is generally overpriced, and that customer service is undervalued. We have a clear aim to disrupt

the traditional

building merchant sector in a positive way, bringing the benefits and service ethos of leading- edge e-retail to the construction materials market.“

Established in 2008 and

previously known as Construction Materials Online, now employs a 100-strong team at its new HQ in Plymouth.

trading now Meanwhile, a Homebase

outlet in Gateshead that was previously earmarked for closure in the initial list of 42 stores, is set to remain open, with Homebase applying for planning permission from Gateshead Council to half the footprint of the branch. The home improvement and

garden chain has proposed plans to divide the current store on Team Valley Retail World into two units, resulting in a smaller shop that will continue trading. The planning proposal has submitted

been Estate Agents.

HTA encourages industry to prepare for plant passport regulations

by Savills

Horticultural businesses are being urged to prepare now for the imminent changes to the plant passporting regulations which come into force on December 14. In preparation for this, the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) have produced an animated infographic video and guidance sheet to inform members about plant passporting.

This new information, available to members at uk/plantpassporting builds on the on-going

campaign the

HTA are implementing to clarify what the new regulations mean for businesses and explain the different steps that need to be taken over the coming months. The regulations, which come

into force in the event of the UK leaving the EU with a deal or in the event of an extension, mean that all plants for planting and plant products will need to travel with plant passports. All businesses that are involved in selling to other companies or online will need to be authorised to issue plant passports and register with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to be able to do so. This affects any business professionally involved with plants. HTA President, Boyd Douglas- Davies, commented: “it is imperative that action is taken now so that trading can continue as seamlessly.”

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