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News Archive June 2008

UHM raises £200 for Rainy Day Trust 30 June 2008
Industry charity the Rainy Day Trust is £200 better off thanks to the generosity of members of United Housewares Merchants and their suppliers.

Wyevale appoints marketing director 30 June 2008
Former Homebase head of marketing communications takes on position to develop and expand the Wyevale brand

Shoots grows with third acquisition 27 June 2008
Berkshire-based garden centre buys Seymour Garden Centre in Cobham

Solex builds price offer into summer exhibition 27 June 2008
Order prices for outdoor furniture and barbecues placed at the earliest trade show in the 2009 are likely to be the best available, say the organisers.

Decco beefs up service 27 June 2008
Decco has boosted its service to customers with an investment in new delivery vehicles at its Leeds, Chesham and Dagenham branches.

Carbon Trust awards B&Q green standard 24 June 2008
Home improvement retailer joins Morrisons and Thames Water

Gorilla Glue appoints European sales director 24 June 2008
Adhesives brand announces appointment of ex-Henkel account manager to help with launch of premium range

Spread review may lead to depot closures 24 June 2008
Depots in St Helens, Merseyside and Beckford, Gloucestershire face seeing doors closed

LG Harris acquisition 23 June 2008
Paint brush and decorating equipment manufacturer LG Harris has announced the acquisition of John Palmer Brush Company for an undisclosed sum.

20 years for Earlex 20 June 2008
Earlex, the Guildford-based manufacturer of steam wallpaper strippers and spray systems, celebrated its 20th birthday with a party at the Camberley Theatre on Friday June 13.

New head for Akzo’s decorative business 18 June 2008
AkzoNobel announces that Tex Gunning will join the company as managing director of its Decorative Paints business with effect from September 1, 2008.

Competition for tradesmen hots up 18 June 2008
A survey from Buildstore has found rising contractor rates are leading many people to do the work themselves.

Wickes md climbs every mountain 18 June 2008
Jeremy Bird, managing director of Wickes, completed the ‘Three Peaks Challenge’ last week along with divisional director Ian Kennedy – and with time to spare.

Draper and Ardex back DIY school 18 June 2008
Draper Tools and Ardex Tiling Adhesives are supporting a DIY school set up 12 months ago by two residential property developers.

Karting Challenge raises £3K 18 June 2008
The great and the good of the industry gathered together to raise more than £3,000 for charity at the 15th annual Hardware Trades Karting Challenge, organised by Stax Trade Centres joint md David Hibbert.

Irwin returns as sponsor of Britain's Best Tool Retailer 16 June 2008
Tool supplier proud to support the excellent work of the top retailers in Britain's Best Retail Awards 2008

GIMA awards deadline a week away 13 June 2008
The deadline for entries into the GIMA awards 2008 is now only seven days away - Friday 20th June is the last day that entries can be accepted.

Stanley sells to Bosch 13 June 2008
Stanley announced this week that it had agreed to sell its laser levelling and measuring business to Bosch for a consideration of $205m.

Sales slide at Homebase continues 12 June 2008
Like-for-like performance at home enhancement retailer stands at -12% for quarter; Argos' like-for-like sales flat

Bill Hoskins leaves Focus DIY for family reasons 9 June 2008
Double-act of Grimsey and Hoskins comes to an end nearly a year after they were brought together for retailer's turnaround.

Trading at Home Retail to be driven by Argos 9 June 2008
Report on Thursday expected to show Argos remaining strong; Homebase to continue struggling.

Everbuild buys Kwikgrip 9 June 2008
Products will be be available as the company's DIY/Retail Tape Range; plans to re-vamp and grow the existing Kwikgrip range.

Dobbies sets date for AIM delisting 6 June 2008
Scottish garden centre chain will be in private hands within a month.

Strikes in Knaresborough to close 6 June 2008

William Sinclair consults on closure of Lancashire site 6 June 2008
This is a period during which we review the next steps in considerable detail, chief executive says.

Squire teams up with JCB for security range 6 June 2008
Two of British industry's most famous names, Henry Squire & Sons and JCB, have joined forces to create a new range of heavy-duty security products for diy and trade markets.

May upturn heralds 'Bargain Bonanza' says SPSL 5 June 2008
It seems it may not all be doom and gloom on the high street as the latest figures from the Retail Traffic Index (RTI) compiled by analysts SPSL show a marked increase in the number of non-food shopping trips made in May.

Kingfisher fixes itself with seven-point turnaround programme 5 June 2008
Ceo Kingfisher says the seven step plan will reduce its reliance on sales growth in what could be a challenging year.


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re: B&Q overhauls kitchen and bathroom sales process

B&Q bob
They have taken away showroom staff commission most earning a minimum of £300 a month and replaced it with an extra 50p an hour! So the ...

re: Homebase creditors approve Company Voluntary Arrangement proposal

Does this mean other premises in the same retail parks, with the same landlords, will also see their rents reduced by 50%? It is only fair!...

re: B&Q overhauls kitchen and bathroom sales process

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re: Clas Ohlson to close Croydon store, as it continues to “optimise” UK store base

Clas Ohlson was a favourite shop for shopping. Over the years since it opened I always shopped for small electronic items which were very ...

re: Clas Ohlson to close Croydon store, as it continues to “optimise” UK store base

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