Wickes trains staff and saves £500k on energy

UK DIY store Wickes saved more than £500,000 on its energy bill last year after training its staff to cut energy usage. The company trained 146 member across 230 stores through Low Energy Company’s (LEC) quiz-style e-learning, which provided them with the knowledge needed to reduce personal energy consumption at work. The programme began after store manager Neil Chetwynd […]

Kingfisher boss to step down, profits fall

Kingfisher’s group chief executive is stepping down it was announced yesterday as the B&Q owner reported a fall in profits for the first half of 2014. Sir Ian Cheshire will make way for Véronique Laury who currently heads another of the DIY retailer’s branches, Castorama France. The changeover is due before the end of the […]

Timber! Kingfisher cuts energy intensity by 10%

B&Q owner Kingfisher has cut down on how much energy it uses after taking the plunge on a commitment to put more back into the environment that it takes out by 2050. The home improvement retailer made the “beyond zero” pledge for four areas – timber, energy, innovation and communities – last year and published […]

B&Q’s ‘green’ fleet powered by natural gas

British DIY and home improvement retailer B&Q has introduced a “greener” fleet with its dual fuel lorries powered by natural gas produced from waste. The move is part of the company’s aim to cut its carbon emissions from business travel and haulage by 50% by 2023 – currently at 36%. A total of 50 dual […]