B&Q owner cashes in as Britons improve homes rather than move | Kingfisher

British consumers are continuing to spend on improving their homes and gardens as an alternative to moving home amid soaring mortgage rates and a surge in household bills, according to the owner of B&Q and Screwfix.

Sales at Kingfisher’s UK and Irish business rose 1.7% in the six months to the end of July as homeowners bought 11% more insulation materials at B&Q in an attempt to offset winter heating bills and were also revamping bathrooms and gardens.

“As people are moving less they spend more time to renovate and maintain. We have seen good take ups in kitchens and

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Jenny and Dave Marrs Are Renovating Their Home—Get the Details

Jenny and Dave Marrs are tackling another massive renovation! That’s to be expected, but here’s the twist: This time, it’s on the Fixer to Fabulous stars’ own home. Jenny took to Instagram to share details about their “current construction zone,” and fans naturally went straight to the comments to share their thoughts.

A photo posted by Jenny shows Dave and their kids standing in the aforementioned construction zone. It seems as though a wall is being removed and a door can be seen off of its hinges in the background. “We’re back on this side of the pond and it’s

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Sunstone’s Ankur Rathi shares Accuhealth plans; Home improvement attracts private equity interest

Morning Hubsters, Craig McGlashan here on Tuesday Wire duty.

Opening things this morning we have a deep dive into Sunstone Partners’ acquisition of healthcare software developer Accuhealthas partner Ankur Rathi talks us through the reasoning behind the investment and the growth plans for the business.

Next we look at home renovations, including some projected figures for spending in the sector and then a trio of deals linked to the sector. First we have the Halifax Group selling an installer of exterior building solutions to Monomoy Capital Partners; next we look at a KKR- and Cortec Group-backed company

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