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NEWS


Barclaycard teams up with TP on co-branded cards


The financial services provider is


partnering with selected


companies within the Travis Perkins Group to launch a new range of co-branded business credit cards that offer customers extended interest- free periods on payments. The rollout of the new cards kicks off with Travis Perkins and Toolstation this month. Customers using the cards will benefit from an extended interest-free credit period of up to 116 days for all purchases made at the initial participating companies – Travis Perkins and Toolstation. Customers will also get up to 56 days’ interest-free credit on purchases made in all other retailers where the card is accepted.


The participating retailers


will promote the launch in their branches by the end of the month and customers can even apply for the cards via their respective websites; www. travisperkins.co.uk and www. toolstation.com.


All businesses involved expect a good uptake and the launch has been promoted by direct customer feedback, as well as findings from recent Barclaycard research, which revealed that 20% of small businesses cite cash flow as one of the biggest day-to-day obstacles of business growth; second only to the current economic and political uncertainty. Toolstation marketing director John Meaden said: “Our successful growth as a business has been built on listening to our customers and providing them with the products, prices and services they need, in the right place at the right time. Our trade customers told us they wanted interest-free credit facilities, and our partnership with Barclaycard, one of the world’s leading and most trusted financial service providers, is our response. We are confident the cards will prove very popular.”


Amazon has announced the launch of Home Services in the UK. Customers buying more than four million products on Amazon.co.uk, ranging from TVs and household appliances to garden furniture and exercise equipment, can now schedule installation or assembly support from a trusted professional during checkout.


Customers can also browse,


purchase and schedule a selection of professional services even if they have bought their products elsewhere.


features


Amazon Home Services a


curated list of


handpicked tradespeople and service providers who offer upfront pricing with helpful ratings and reviews from verified customers. Amazon’s ‘Happiness Guarantee’ backs all service purchases, offering extra


reassurance for


Akzo Nobel set to achieve number one position in Romania with acquisition of Fabryo


Dutch paint firm, Akzo Nobel has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Fabryo Corporation S.R.L. (Fabryo), becoming the leader in the Romanian decorative paints market.


The transaction includes two production


facilities and


six distribution centers for decorative paints, adhesives and mortars, including one of


the largest decorative paints factories in the region,


capacity for further expansion. The business generated


revenue of around €45 million in 2017 and is the only player with, both a leading product portfolio for consumers, as well as professional segments in the Romanian market, including brands Savana, APLA and InnenWeiss.


Akzo Nobel CEO Thierry Vanlancker said


of “This the deal: acquisition


provides Akzo Nobel with the number one position


in a


fast growing market and will contribute to delivering our Winning Together:


Fire at Farnborough independent


Firefighters tackled a blaze at an independent hardware store in the centre of Farnborough last week, where a woman was treated for smoke inhalation. Firefighters from Rushmoor, Basingstoke and Surrey were called out to a fire on the ground floor of Farnborough Hardware in Queensmead in Farnborough centre on Sunday, June 17. Hampshire Fire & Rescue said


Service in www.diyweek.net statement that fire crews “tackled the


fire with 12 sets of breathing apparatus, two jets, three hose reels and use of a positive pressure ventilation system to clear the scene”, adding that “a female was treated by crews for smoke inhalation”. Witnesses were reported to


have heard several explosions coming from the store before smoke began pouring out of the shop doors.


The public were advised to avoid the area to respect cordons that were set up to


keep the crowds back, as hundreds of people watched the incident unfold. Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service said the cause of the


with


15 by 20 Strategy. Fabryo has a proven track record when it comes to growth and profitability. We are very happy to add top brands like Savana, APLA and InnenWeiss to our world class portfolio and look forward to welcoming our new colleagues to AkzoNobel.” CEO of Fabryo, Dragos Militaru said: “We are looking forward to joining Akzo Nobel. We both have passion for paint and we share the same values. Combining our efforts in Romania, building on Akzo Nobel’s


global presence, will


enable us to strengthen our leading position.”


The planned transaction is expected to be completed in the second half of 2018, subject to regulatory approval.


fire, which was put out just after 2.10pm, “will be investigated in due course”.


The 2,000sq ft unit is owned by Sanjay Patel and has been trading since 1995. The extent of the damage is unknown and there is no information on when the shop will be open again.


customers with regards to the quality of the work taking place. Amazon


curates an invite-


only marketplace of professional service providers. Invited tradespeople are background checked, required to carry any applicable insurance and licenses and expected to maintain an excellent performance standard. If customers are not satisfied at the end of their service, Amazon


will work with customers and the provider to ensure the job gets done right or issue a refund. Each service comes with a pre-defined scope of work and upfront pricing. Customers can add pre- packaged services right to their Amazon.co.uk baskets with just a few clicks and are only charged when the service is completed. Amazon.co.uk


customers across Greater London,


Amazon launches Home Services in the UK


Birmingham and Manchester can now find and book a wide range of services including


general


handymen, electricians, plumbers and home cinema specialists. “We’re thrilled to be expanding Amazon Home Services to the UK as a simple way to book trusted, service professionals,” said Scott Webster, general manager for Amazon Home Services Europe. “Following our successful launch in the U.S., customers have told us they love the convenience and peace of mind that comes with trusted, professional installation of their products. We’re delighted to be able to offer this same experience to UK customers through a network of handpicked, local tradespeople and service providers.”


Amazon Home Services


features a growing list of recognised service providers, including Fantastic Services, Assembly Angels, Silver Saints and The Handy Squad.


Assembly Angels owner, Anthony Johnston commented: ‘’Assembly Angels is truly excited to work with Amazon. co.uk on providing services to our mutual customers.


Garden retailers see uplift in May


Garden centres across the country reported a boost to trading last month and record results. After a rollercoaster April, May was a far more promising month, with sales of outdoor plants up 28%, furniture and barbecue sales up just over 31%, and seeds


and bulbs


sales up 26.37% on the same month last year. The figures are the latest from the Garden Centre Association’s Barometer of Trade report. GCA chief executive Iain Wylie said: “Garden centre owners and suppliers had their fingers well and truly crossed towards the end of April for some good weather and it certainly paid off, as May approached and we were treated to some of the hottest temperatures during the month for a century, as well as two Bank Holiday breaks, which allowed people to get back out into their gardens.”


29 JUNE 2018 DIY WEEK 5


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