Archive for the ‘DIY News’ Category

Local Government Association statement issued on cladding tests and fire safety UK

In case missed yesterday, please find the latest Local Government Association statement issued last night on cladding tests and fire safety across the country. The LGA represents 370 councils in England and Wales. Many thanks Greg Burns Deputy Head of News and Internal Communications – ‎Local Government Association IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Local Government Association media […]

DIY Sales down in May 2017

According to the latest ONS data, Retail Sales volumes fell 1.2% and value declined 1.1% in May, worse than the falls expected by City Economists. Following a jump of 2.5% in April, due mainly to the un-seasonably good weather and the timing of the Easter break, the May figures provided a stark contrast. The ONS measurement of the […]

Reality Check: Would Brexit create a DIY recession?

The claim: Leaving the European Union would create a year-long recession. Reality Check verdict: The Treasury analysis gives two scenarios, described as “shock” and “severe shock”. Both point to a recession in the short term, but in the case of the lesser “shock” scenario, while there would be an impact on the economy, the predicted […]

Dunelm’s profits are up

The group has reported continued delivery across all three areas of the growth strategy including ·  In-store like-for-like growth of 1.0% (52 week basis); ·  23.2% growth in home delivery sales (52 week basis), now accounting for 7.0% of total revenue (FY15: 6.1%); ·  Six new openings in the year (including two relocations), increasing footprint […]

Making home improvements? Look at the bigger picture

How do you prioritise your home improvement ideas? Often it comes down to the simple matter of finances so make a list of the home improvement projects you’d like to tackle, do your research into the associated costs and then you can look at your budget. They are plenty of options for making your property […]

Homebase bought by Australia’s Wesfarmers for £340m

The BBC recently reported that UK DIY chain Homebase has been sold by its owner Home Retail Group to Australian retail giant Wesfarmers for £340m (A$705m; $485.2m). Wesfarmers already owns Bunnings – one of Australia’s largest suppliers of outdoor living and DIY products. The 265 UK Homebase sites will be rebranded under the Bunnings banner […]

Removing limescale from your home

Unlike dust and dirt which can easily be cleaned away, limescale is a persistent household annoyance, bothering homeowners everywhere. A hard white substance made mainly of calcium carbonate, it clings to our pipes, kettles, taps and more. Worse still, it can be incredibly difficult to clean away. Here’s everything you need to know: How does […]

BBC One’s DIY SOS features Sheffield attack victim

A man who was devastated by an attack has been featured on BBC One’s DIY SOS programme. The show featured Mark Burrows, aged 36, who was left paralysed after an unprovoked attack in 2012. The design team, lead by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, took on the task of building a self-contained apartment alongside his parents Frank and Chrstine’s […]

How being bad at DIY inspired a successful start-up

An inability to do DIY work, and a dislike of household cleaning, looks set to make one young Irish entrepreneur a multimillionaire. The man in question is 31-year-old Oisin Hanrahan, the boss and co-founder of fast-growing New York-based business Handy. Via its website and mobile app, Handy allows members of the public to easily book […]

Morrisons teams up with B&Q for new Store

A pioneering new outlet is destined for Staffordshire that will see a DIY store combine with a supermarket. B&Q and Morrisons will joine forces in a combined facility in Meir Park. If the venture is given planning permission  it will represent fresh competition for neighbouring supermarkets Tesco and Aldi. At the moment, the site is […]