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Homebase Storage & More

Homebase Storage & More


As a new supplier to Homebase our first projects to be allocated were the Storage & More concept in to Harrogate and Leeds. The requirement was to supply a Project Manager and a team of Gondola Installers with joinery capabilities and Merchandisers over a 5 day period to create an area in the store for the implementation of the Storage & More area.


The main challenge faced during this project was creating the initial space, which meant that a number of categories including Cleaning and existing Storage had to be de-stocked and temporarily located in order to do this. Additionally the Bluestones team had to ensure that the project was planned and implemented safely and considerately as the stores were still trading during this period.


We achieved the project within the 5 day allocated period and delivered to a great standard. Homebase comments were: “The teams were fantastic, always came with solutions to a problem and they are an asset to Bluestones One.”

Pictures show before and in the latter stages of the project.

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What I enjoy about working for Bluestones One is the travel and the ability to work in different environments and locations throughout the UK and Ireland. There are different challenges week in, week out and lots of opportunities to meet new people. There are also great progression opportunities – I joined the merchandising division as a Team Leader and now I’m a Senior Team Leader.

Craig - Senior Team Leader

Bluestones One Merchandising has supported several of my projects over many years, these have included new store openings, refits and range change reviews.

New Stores are delivered over 9 days with £1.5m worth of stock merchandised and priced with 99% availability. Refits are over an 8.5 week period in which Bluestones will supply a high level of merchandising on both days and nights. The level of customer service given to valued customers within my business during refits is excellent.

The support from the management team during all projects is first class, always available and willing to help. They also give the teams continued training to grow and develop the skill set of the workforce.

I would be happy to recommend Bluestones to any business wanting to use them within the retail environment.

Barry - Senior Project Manager - Wickes

Our experience working with Bluestones has been a positive one. From the planning stage through to the first week of the project implementation, I have found everyone from Bluestones easy to work with and very professional. The team have delivered on everything they said during the planning stage, suggested ways to overcome potential issues and provided regular updates on progress to date. Having spoken to each of the stores where work has been completed, feedback is consistently good. Professional, safe and customer friendly are regular remarks received from store colleagues. My experience to date gives me confidence in Bluestones and their ability to continue delivering against the high benchmark they have set.

David – In Store Activation Manager – Dulux Decorator Centre

Bluestones have supplied and supported Halfords with Merchandising personnel since 2017 on various projects ranging from refurbishments, relocations and range reviews. Most recently they have helped us deliver the biggest project we have ever undertaken, a space and range project across the whole estate.
Their team leaders and merchandisers that work with us, are professional, well trained with a great skill set and deliver a first-class end product.
Their management team work closely with us to ensure they always understand our requirements. They supply us with core teams to give us consistent levels of service and are a good fit in line with our development programme. This programme can be very fluid and Bluestones are very flexible and can react very quickly to any change in line with this.

Steve – Investment Delivery Manager - Halfords

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Bluestones One announces acquisition

Bluestones One is delighted to announce the acquisition of Dee Set’s store development division. Bluestones One is one of the leading installation and merchandising businesses in the UK with a vast customer base and this acquisition further accelerates their ambitious growth plans. Bluestones One is part of the Bluestones Investment Group, which primarily invests in the staffing and recruitment sectors, supporting people to establish their own successful businesses and providing a number of shared services from their head office based in Chester. The acquisition, confirmed on 1st May 2020 sees the entirety of Dee Set’s Store Development division being acquired by Bluestones One. Due to the nature of the acquisition and both parties experience in this area there should be no disruption to existing staff, customers and operations.

Gary White, Managing Director of Bluestones One, said:

This acquisition is incredibly exciting, bringing together two very successful businesses. We’re looking forward to welcoming the management and field teams and driving the business forward in the coming weeks and months. Throughout our discussions it’s been clear both parties wanted to achieve the same end goal and will be working closely to ensure a smooth transition. All staff will be part of the transition process and we look forward to continuing to supply the same great service to Dee Set’s customers and our own. The benefits for both staff and customers are significant as it allows us to offer wider opportunities to our existing and new teams and continue to improve service levels across the wider customer base. This deal is in line with our strategic plan and gives us a great platform for further growth and expansion of our service offering.

The acquisition provides a great opportunity for all teams and customers to benefit from the two businesses coming together. Dee Set’s store development division supplies a number of services that Bluestones One already deliver to a variety of retailers and associated businesses.

CEO of Dee Set, Greg Phillips, said:

We are delighted to have reached an agreement with Bluestones that will give our many dedicated colleagues the opportunity to work within a business as passionate as they are about the services that our store development division delivers. We are confident Bluestones ambitions match our own, as the Dee Set business continues to grow and flourish in other areas.

This deal cements Bluestones One’s position in the market place with increased capacity to supply employment opportunities and support a large retail customer base.

For more info about Bluestones One, please email or visit the website

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