It’s been a hectic and very challenging twelve months for DIY, home improvement and garden retail industry, dominated by one main issue. No one had really heard of coronavirus this time last year, so who would have believed how much it would affect every aspect of our lives in 2020? The industry stepped up and dealt with this major event remarkably well, so here we bring you a round up of news headlines from throughout the last year which tell the story…


• Poor Christmas retail figures blamed on desire to consume less

• B&Q is lowest price kitchen retailer for 2019 • John Lewis Partnership Christmas trading down 1.8%

• Clothing and houseplants top sales lists for garden centres in November

• New chief customer and digital officer for Kingfisher

• Bord na Mona announces name change to The Greener Gardening Company


• B&Q announces new apprenticeship scheme graduates

• Dulux Academy celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

• Bira welcomes the Government’s decision to increase discount rates for small retailers

• Christmas trading down for most retailers • New trademark to protect home improvement consumers

• Positive sales to start 2020 according to GCA MARCH

• Travis Perkins provides early 2020 report • Homebase launches major new campaign starring Gary the tortoise

• Show cancellations due to Covid-19 • The Retail Mutual offers support to independent businesses due to Coronavirus

• Burg-Wächter offers community support during Covid-19 crisis

• New partnership between IKEA and Tmall APRIL

• Concerns over horticultural industry during pandemic

• John Lewis launches new virtual service • Smart Plant launches Covid-19 relief fund • Further evidence to support DIY boom during lockdown

• Kingfisher donates £1 million worth of PPE and funding to Covid-19 fight

• John Lewis offers help for frontline workers AUGUST

• New generation of DIYers born in lockdown • Vitrex and Homelux expand into Wickes • New export deal for What More UK • Homebase partners with Bosch and NEFF to strengthen its complete kitchen offering

• Heatwave reduces high street footfall but tourist hotspots are boosted

• Hyve Group launches three virtual forums in September 2020


• Consumers respond positively to DIY retailers’ protective measures

• Toolstation launches ‘Head First’ campaign to support trade mental health

• Dulux Academy launches new live training sessions

• Slight improvement predicted in DIY and garden figures

• The return of retail, but not as we know it • Britain in BBQ Boom!


• Adapting to the new normal • Signs of recovery in DIY industry • Robert Dyas announces store reopening plan • Home improvements thrive in lockdown • Research shows 50% of decorators affected by mental health

• London decorating and hardware merchant extends hours to meet demand


• Kingfisher releases Q2 pre-close update • Covid-19 and Lockdown to cause a 20 per cent decline for the worktops sector

• Dulux Decorator Centre helping get the trade back on its feet

• Survey: Nearly eight of ten plan to staycation in their own homes and gardens

• Gen Xers drive home renovations, Houzz survey finds

• Study reveals the most searched for DIY terms and lockdown impacting inflation


• Wickes Launches New Installations Apprenticeship for 2021

• Hillier to Open New Garden Centre at Syon Park Estate

• Brits plan to show appreciation for local shopkeepers with £6.2 billion December spend

• Toolstation on track to reach store expansion target of 60 new stores this year

• Thompson & Parkes Confirmed Best Builders Merchant and DIY Supplier in the Midlands

• 2020 is declared a ‘record year’ for compost by The Greener Gardening Company


• Dulux Academy enhances range of colour training with new online ColourFutures workshop

• “Bakeware Boom is the New Normal,” says What More UK

• Toolstation boosts financial resilience of colleagues with earned wage access from Wagestream

• Homebase signs long-term partnership with THG Ingenuity

• Gardening grows green shoots of optimism • Internet garden market set to achieve 25% growth in 2020


• Global DIY Market grows 4.2%, breaking the 600 billion ceiling

• Profits are up at Notcutts in last year up to February 2020

• Crown Trade gives apprentice decorators chance to shine

• Half of Brits set to spend £47 billion on home improvements in 2021

• What More UK Selected for The Forbes Solicitors Reinvention and Resilience Top 50 Report

• HMG Paints wins UK Business Hero Award SEPTEMBER

• How lockdown changed British attitudes towards our homes for good

• Greenfingers says “Thank You” to the UK’s “amazing” Gardening Industry

• Nearly half the UK planning on decorating as lockdown boosts spending power

• BHETA joins lobby on future for safety marking in housewares and DIY

• Garland opens new warehouse as sales increase £1m so far this season

• Rainy Day Trust launches leaflet to promote its Covid-19 support and announces new helpline number

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