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The essential news source for the home improvement industry EXCLUSIVELY HOUSEWARES


30 JUNE 2017 News and top trends from the show p8


INSIDE THIS WEEK


COLOUR INSPIRATION Dulux’s Marianne Shillingford offers an insight into how retail- ers can capitalise on trends p6


BEST SELLERS Retailers list their top-selling housewares lines


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MARKET REPORT Latest figures show growth in the kitchen furniture market p16


WWW.DIYWEEK.NET Bunnings opens largest Warehouse store


Australian DIY chain Bunnings is going from strength to strength, opening its biggest UK Warehouse store to date this


week after news it has poached B&Q’s retail director Damien McGloughlin to take up the role of chief operations officer (COO).


The fourth and largest Bunnings Warehouse in the UK and Ireland opened its doors to customers on Thursday, June 29 in Milton Keynes on the site of the former Homebase on Snowdon Drive.


Bunnings’ new 90,000sq ft store is its largest Warehouse to date, occupying the former Homebase in Milton Keynes


The new 90,000sq ft store continues the momentum of establishing the Bunnings Warehouse format in the UK and Ireland, as parent firm Wesfarmers has previously announced that it is committed to investing up to £500 million rolling out Bunnings Warehouse stores over the next three to five years.


The Milton Keynes store employs 140 people and stocks


more than 35,000 different home improvement and garden products including a mix of international and British brands – from Purdy’s paintbrushes, which have not previously been made available to non- professionals – to Ryobi and DeWalt tools. Paint-mixing services from Johnstone’s Trade, Crown and Dulux are also available in-store.


Meanwhile, it was revealed this month Damian McGloughlin has resigned from his role as B&Q UK & Ireland retail director and will take up the position of Bunnings COO.


A B&Q spokesperson confirmed that Mr McGloughlin


had resigned and told DIY Week that he is currently on gardening leave before “taking up a role with a competitor”.


A spokesperson for Bunnings confirmed that Mr McGloughlin would be joining the group in the role of COO and “will be supporting managing director UK & Ireland PJ Davis in the roll out of Bunnings Warehouse stores in the UK”. They were unable to confirm his start date with the company at this stage but the appointment is certainly a coup for the company as it sets to make its mark on the UK’s £38billion- a-year home improvement and garden market.


DIY Week Awards move to London venue for 2018 AWARDS 2018


The DIY Week Awards will run as a springtime event in a London venue next year, DIY Week can reveal.


Formerly held in the midlands during February to coincide with trade shows Totally DIY & Totally Tools and, most recently Spring Fair in 2017, the awards event will now take place on Friday, May 11 at a London location. The 2018 DIY Week awards will also see a departure from its origins as a black-tie evening event, kicking off at lunchtime and with a lounge suit dress


code. The move is a nod to DIY Week’s past events, The Industry Awards and Product of the Year Awards, which ran in May until the DIY Week Awards were launched in 2011, joining with sister event Britain’s Best Retailer Awards.


“A London venue makes sense for the event,” said DIY Week editor Fiona Garcia. “It has great transport links, making it easily accessible for guests travelling from all over the UK. People have always enjoyed carrying on the party


afterwards – particularly if they are celebrating a win or entertaining customers – and a vibrant city like London means there is plenty on the doorstep to enable them to do that. “Equally, the move back to a Friday lunchtime should be a popular choice for the industry, who take time out to attend.” She concluded: “We are always keen to create a buzz when bringing the industry together for an event like this and these changes should do just that.”


DIY Details of the venue will


be revealed soon but, in the meantime, make sure you have


WEEK


May 11 in your diary and start thinking about who to invite to this major networking event.


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