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NEWS NEWS IN BRIEF


n The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) is proud to be a supporter of the Royal Society of Biology’s (RSB) Plant Health Undergraduate Summer Studentship Programme for 2019. The scheme invites plant health researchers to submit proposals for one of nine available funded studentships for undergraduates to run over the summer of 2019. n Furniture retailer, Natuzzi has opened its Editions store at the Cardiff Retail Gate Retail, one of the most prestigious furnishing mall located within the residential district of Pontprennau, in the heart of Cardiff Gate business park. The space has been described as functional and welcoming by the company and has a width of 630 square meters and exhibits through 30 roomsets the best products of the Natuzzi Editions collection. n Millennials interest in the tranquil nature of indoor plants is having a very positive effect within this sector. Research studies indicate houseplants boost brain power, lifts moods, reduces stress levels, improves confidence and gives a sense of ownership and responsibility. n With new data from Reapit showing an unprecedented five-year sharp drop in property transactions in the last quarter, (36 per cent lower than the long-term average), boosting your home’s kerb appeal is more important than ever. Powertools2U has revealed that almost half of potential home buyers take 20 per cent off the property’s asking price if the house has an untidy exterior. n The February 2019 issue of HTA Market Update, reports that nationally, garden centre sales experienced strong growth of 11% in January 2019 compared to January 2018. Despite concerns over Brexit deals and the UK’s economic situation remaining, plant and non-plant categories experienced significant growth, contributing to a strong month. The houseplants trend remains popular with sales up 15% for the rolling year.


4 DIY WEEK 08 MARCH 2019


New sponsors show support for DIY Week Awards


With judging for both supplier and retailer categories now completed, the countdown to this year’s DIY Week Awards is underway. The finalists have now been announced, with the overall winners in each category set to be revealed at the award luncheon on Friday, May 10 at the Tower Hotel in London.


Meanwhile, plans for the day


are in full swing - with the awards compere set to be unveiled very soon – and yet more big names on board as sponsors of the 2019


event. Global security products manufacturer Burg- AWARDS 2019 DIY brand, Burg-Wächter UK WEEK


Wächter and the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) have joined the line- up of industry brands and organisations sponsoring this year’s DIY Week Awards. Burg-Wächter UK commercial


director Mark Pearson said: “Having been a sponsor of the DIY Week Awards since their inception through our Sterling


is


delighted to continue its long association this leading industry event. Today’s customers are increasingly demanding products


that are of practical,


stylish and convenient to fit with their modern lifestyle. In addition to reflecting our company’s core values


innovation, quality,


value and service, the DIY Week Awards provide us with a great opportunity to gather feedback from those that sell our products to the end user. This is invaluable in helping us develop new ideas and product ranges that meet both retailers’ and


Wyevale announces sale two more centres


It has been revealed that Barnett Hill will continue to operate as a garden centre under its new owners; Seven Hills has been sold to a development firm, with employees set to lose jobs within the next six months. Barnett Hill has been sold to Cherry Lane, the value garden centre group (part of QD Group) and will continue to be run as a garden centre by the new owners. The garden centre will be known as Barnett Hill by Cherry Lane and will retain all staff enabling


them to remain in their existing roles.


Meanwhile, Seven Hills


has been sold to a property development and


investment


company. Wyevale Garden Centres will continue running Seven Hills under licence for up to six months during which time, the firm said it “will be looking to find alternative employment for all our colleagues”. The deals are expected to during March


complete Screwfix opens new store


Screwfix has announced a Flint store opening in Heinzel Court. The store officially opened its doors on Thursday February 14, with hundreds of eager customers ready to stock up on the latest tools and trade essentials, the company has said. The Flint Screwfix


store is


part of the company’s growing network of over 615 stores nationwide, meaning 97% of the UK population is within a 30-minute drive of a store. Open seven days a week from 7am Monday to Friday, the store also provides a convenient Click & Collect service that is available at all Screwfix locations.


Using


this service, customers can order their goods online or over the phone and pick them up from a store in as little as one minute. Screwfix’s Flint Store Manager, Jo Puckey, said: “We chose to open a new store in Flint to better meet the needs of the local tradespeople. Many of our new customers previously shopped with Screwfix


at our Deeside and Chester stores, so and Cherry Lane has said the group


is delighted to have acquired the Barnett


Hill centre, situated on


Worcester Road, Stourbridge. It marks the third acquisition for Cherry Lane over the past 12 months, as the group continues to actively look for further sites in line with its ongoing expansion strategy.


Cherry Lane explains it will be working to introduce a number of “key improvements and developments” to the garden centre over the next few months to enhance the customer


experience. The centre’s plant offer will also benefit from the group’s three nursery operations, located across the country. WGC chief operating officer Anthony Jones said: “We would like to thank our colleagues at these centres and wish them well for the future, whether under new ownership or within Wyevale Garden Centres.”


Greenfingers supporters take on wing walking


It has been officially announced at the Garden Press Event today, that three brave souls will be taking to the skies on June 2nd in aid of the Greenfinger Charity. However, this will be no ordinary flight, says Greenfingers. Each of the Greenfingers supporters


will be strapped


we’re delighted to bring Screwfix even closer to them for greater convenience.” The Screwfix Foundation, which is another aspect of Screwfix’s nationwide initiatives, supports local charities and community projects by providing donations to fix, repair or maintain local homes and community facilities. Screwfix staff is directly involved in helping community projects and host charity fundraising events within the stores.


to the roof of a bi-plane for a 10-minute exhilarating wing walking experience. Featuring fly-pasts, zoom climbs, steep dives and banks, the participants will see the Wiltshire countryside from a bird’s eye point of view. The wind forces – caused by speeds of up to 100mph - will also help add much hilarity to the in-flight photography! Taking part in this challenge


will be Mark Portman, MD of Evergreen Garden Care, Vicky Nuttall, director of GIMA, and Lowri Walker, national account manager at SBM Life Science, with a fourth spot available. As 2019 represents the


customers’ needs. It’s fantastic that an industry as diverse as ours is able to collectively celebrate its achievements whilst simultaneously plotting a course to secure its future.” GIMA director Vicky Nuttall,


who also sat on the judging panel for the supplier categories, said: “GIMA is delighted to once again be sponsoring the DIY Week Awards.


The DIY sector


continues to be a very important one for GIMA and its members and we are pleased to be able to support DIY Week in recognising those products and suppliers who continue to raise the bar and develop award winning products for the consumer and DIY enthusiast.” Tickets are available now at


www.diyweekawards.co.uk/ book-tickets/, so don’t miss out on being part of the industry’s key networking event.


Greenfingers Charity’s 20th anniversary, the wing walkers have vowed to collectively raise an astonishing £20,000 before they take to the skies later this summer. Anyone wanting


to


donate can do so by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/ fundraising/gima-wing-walkers Talking


about this latest


challenge in aid of Greenfingers, the charity’s director of fundraising & communications, Linda Petrons said: “What an amazing way to support Greenfingers! I’ve no doubt this will be a day to remember for all those involved. I’d like to extend my thanks to those brave enough to take on this challenge.”


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