UK and Ireland: B&Q Launches New ‘Build a Life’ Campaign.

B&Q has recently unveiled its new brand campaign, ‘Build a Life’, that celebrates the belief that anyone can change their home to make life better.

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B&Q believes that anyone can improve their home to make life better.  Our homes are where life happens – a place we grow-up, learn, and live our lives.  Home has never been so important and a recent survey by B&Q found that lockdown has changed British attitudes towards our homes for good, with 57 percent agreeing our homes are more significant in improving our lives than ever.

This new campaign highlights that there’s so much more to everyday DIY. The strategic thinking from Uncommon, appointed by the brand last year, celebrates life in the home and the power of home improvement to change lives. Originally inspired by the amazing things people do to improve their homes to make their life better – something made even more significant by lockdown – the campaign taps into the fundamental truths about our homes and reflects the role B&Q has played in transforming the UK’s homes for the past 50 years.

Chris Graham, Marketing Director, B&Q said: “At B&Q we’ve been making, growing and selling the tools, materials and know-how to improve homes for over 50 years. To us, these things are more than bricks and mortar.”

UK: Screwfix to open 40 new stores this year, creating around 400 jobs

Screwfix, the multichannel retailer, is to open 40 stores this year, creating around 400 new jobs in local communities. The new openings demonstrate continued growth of the business and a growing demand for convenience, despite the challenges of Covid-19.

30 new stores in the UK will create up to 300 jobs in areas such as retail management, service assistants and supervisor roles, by the end of January 2021. More than 10 stores are planned in the Republic of Ireland (ROI), which will create up to 160 jobs over the same period.

As an essential retailer, Screwfix adapted its proposition in order to remain open during the lockdown to allow its customers to safely access the products they need.

The rapid growth of Screwfix has seen the trade retailer open at least 50 stores a year for the past decade, making it one of the fastest growing retailers in the UK. It now has more than 680 stores, with a long-term target of 800 in the UK. Screwfix currently has five stores in the ROI, which opened in early 2020. The business hopes to open up to 40 stores in the ROI over the coming years, creating around 400 jobs in total.

 

UK: Kingfisher provides £1m of PPE and funding for health services across Europe

Since the Covid-19 crisis hit Europe, Kingfisher and its businesses in Europe have ringfenced all their remaining stock of personal protective equipment (PPE) so it can be donated to frontline healthcare workers. Already protective eye-wear and masks, worth over £200,000, have been provided to the UK’s National Health Service. Kingfisher also confirms it has ordered a further three million face masks from suppliers in China and Israel, which it expects to arrive towards the end of April. These will be donated to the health authorities in the UK, France, Poland and Romania, or used to equip its colleagues who are facilitating online and click & collect orders in stores.

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UK: Kingfisher publishes unaudited figures

On account of the coronavirus situation, Kingfisher has put back the publication of its sales figures scheduled for 24 March 2020, by two weeks; this was in response to a request by the Financial Conduct Authority addressed to the country’s listed companies. Kingfisher has released unaudited figures, however, indicating that the company’s total sales in fiscal 2019/2020 (ended 31 January 2020) came to £11.513 bn. This equates to a drop of 1.5% from the previous year and 0.8% less in constant currency. The British group achieved a sales increase of 1.0% in Great Britain and Ireland, but only thanks to growth of nearly 10% by Screwfix, as sales at B&Q shrank. In France, Castorama and Brico Dépôt jointly saw their sales fall by 3.2% (both adjusted for currency and for currency and sales area). An increase in sales was recorded in Poland and Romania.

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Ireland: Screwfix plans for 40 stores

Screwfix Sandyford and Swords in Dublin along with a Waterford store all opened last month, with more stores planned for 2020. As part of Screwfix’s expansion plans, there is the potential for the business to open up to 40 stores over the coming years, creating over 400 employment opportunities in Ireland. The vacancies will be available in a variety of areas such as retail management, service assistants and supervisor roles. Each store will stock 10,000 products, from power tools and work wear to heating and electrical with 24,000 products available to order online and over the phone for delivery and collection from store. Screwfix CEO, John Mewett, said: “We’re extremely excited to be launching Screwfix stores in Ireland to help tradespeople get their jobs done quickly, affordably and on time. The creation of bricks and mortar stores in Ireland is a major milestone for us and a direct result of the increasing demand from Irish tradespeople for our fantastic range of products.”

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World: Board of EDRA/GHIN appoints two new members

EDRA/GHIN are delighted to announce the addition of two new board members. Thierry Garnier, CEO of Kingfisher, taking the place of outgoing CEO Véronique Laury. Furthermore the Board have co-opted Jorma Rauhala, Deputy CEO/Pres: Building & Tech Trade Division of Kesko, the largest Scandinavian home improvement company, to their number.

 

France: Kingfisher France appoints Alain Rabec as CEO

Kingfisher plc announced on 27 September the appointment of Alain Rabec as CEO of Kingfisher France, which includes the Castorama and Brico Dépôt businesses. He will be responsible for over 200 stores, 20,000 colleagues and €4.5 bn of sales. He joined Kingfisher on 1 October and will also be a member of Kingfisher’s Group Executive. Mr Rabec is a highly experienced, operational retailer who has spent over 30 years in senior roles at Carrefour, the French retail group, according to Kingfisher. Most recently (2016-2018) he was executive director of Carrefour hypermarkets, where he was responsible for 230 stores with sales of €17 bn. The current CEO of Kingfisher France, Christian Mazauric, will be taking some time out from Kingfisher to recover from an operation. Kingfisher plc CEO Thierry Garnier said: “Christian has led our companies in France, B&Q in the UK and Brico Dépôt in Romania, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his valuable contribution to Kingfisher. I look forward to welcoming him back to Kingfisher in the future.”

 

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UK: Mixed results for Kingfisher

In the UK and Ireland, B&Q total sales dropped 3.3% to £1,773m in H1, impacted by the axing of installation services and declines across showroom and weather-related categories. Kingfisher reported a number of exceptional items for the half year ended 31 July, including a £68m restructuring charge relating to redundancy costs following the group’s plans to close 11 stores in France and 19 Screwfix Germany outlets. The retailer described financial performance in the half as “mixed”. Screwfix, Poland and Romania delivered like-for-like sales growth for the period. However, sales at B&Q and Castorama France, were disappointing, with the retail group attributing declines to “a weak consumer backdrop in the UK and disruption caused by new range implementation”, alongside ongoing transformation-related issues at Castorama France. B&Q like-for-like (LFL) sales declined by 3.2% in H1.

Online was a more positive story, as B&Q’s total digital sales continued to make good progress, with sales growing by 10% and now representing 5% of total sales. The retailer also recorded a £1 million profit in the period on the disposal of properties in the UK.

Screwfix grew total sales by 9.9% (+5.1% LFL) to £882m, driven by specialist trade desks exclusive to plumbers and electricians, strong digital growth of 18% (now accounting for 32% of total sales); and the continued roll out of new outlets. The retailer opened 16 new Screwfix outlets in H1 19/20, taking its estate to 643. The company’s longer-term target is to operate around 800 outlets in the UK, and the business said it remains “on track” to open stores in the Republic of Ireland in the second half of the year in order to complement its existing online presence. Total sales for the Kingfisher Group were down 0.9% in constant currency.

 

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UK: Four new Screwfix outlets

The Kingfisher-owned chain Screwfix is set to open four new branches this month, with three officially opening their doors on 18 July. The new sites are all located in southern England in Wiltshire, Bristol, Kent and Warwickshire. Screwfix has said it is “confident” it has chosen great locations for all of the new sites. Screwfix reported a sales uplift of 9.6% in Q1 with LFL at +4.5% and four new outlets opening in the UK between January and April 2019, adding to its growing network of over 620 stores nationwide. Since then, the business has opened a further two sites, in Linlithgow and Towcester.

 

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