Pro Installer December 2016 - Issue 45 ISSUE 45 | DECEMBER 2016 FREE » 06 Do you earn enough? » 21 Homeowners regret DIY » 30 Snubbing the pub » 42 Roto on track BUNNINGS TARGETS TRADESMEN The UK could be in for a revolution in DIY retailing following rollout of the Bunnings brand, the Australian giant which is an institution Down Under. UK DIY chain Homebase has been taken over by the Aussie hardware brand which is famous for its customer service, massive range of products and low prices. It is also renowned for its ‘sausage sizzle’ where the company allows community groups and clubs to take turns to set up a barbecue outside stores. Bunnings UK and Ireland managing director Peter Davis chose the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) Networking Forum in November at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, as a platform to outline plans for the Bunnings rollout. In a presentation packed with announcements on timings, strategy and projected spend, he revealed that the first Bunnings Warehouse pilot store would be opening in mid-February in St Albans. The event, the latest in BHETA’s active programme of networking forums to be headlined by a key retail figure, was attended by 350 DIY, garden and housewares industry leaders. BHETA members were treated to a comprehensive preview of Bunnings’ plans including details of at least three more pilot stores by the end of June 2017 as the company phases out the Homebase brand, and a further four to six by the end of next year. Bunnings plans to spend £500m transforming the Homebase business and adding to the estate with new stores. Peter Davis also confirmed that its core proposition would be refocussed on DIY, tools and consumables and an enhanced garden offer. Continues on page 2 Is your supplier letting you down ? * NEW CUSTOMERS GET AN EXTRA 10% DISCOUNT IN JANUARY 2017 from only Aluminium at tipping point. P10. Have a Beano Xmas! P35. £ Lowest price a nywhe re GET A PRICE COMPARISON TODAY Aluminium Bi-Fold Doors £365 per leaf Tel: 01642 610798 Fax: 01642 671026 *Offer applicable to new customers on your first set of doors only. Based on a like for like quote. Offer ends on the 30th January 2017 PRO-INSTALLER_front_page_bifolds_DEC 2016.indd 1 09/11/2016 10:46