The Punt: Hammer out a prize with DIY online
THERE must be something in the air. Only a few weeks ago, the Irish Homebase arm, owned by UK-based Home Retail Group, was conducting surveys of its Irish customers to see what they thought of the outlets. That was undertaken as Homebase's Irish unit negotiated a route to exiting its examinership, which it successfully did just a couple of weeks ago. And now it's the turn of B&Q.
Owned by the UK's Kingfisher, B&Q Ireland was placed in examinership earlier this year and exited the process in May, having renegotiated leases, just as Homebase did. Over the weekend, B&Q was also conducting a survey of its customers in Ireland. The Punt happened to visit a store and everyone was on their best behaviour.
"Score our store a 9 or 10. Make it count!" pleaded the flier handed out to patrons as they entered. B&Q says that by doing the survey, you could win one of 10 €1,000 prizes, or one of three €500 prizes being dished out every week.
The website helpfully tells The Punt, however, that the survey doesn't even have to be completed to enter the competition. Just write to an address in Birmingham to register your name for the draws, it points out. The Punt shall duly do so.