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HTA and APL shortlisted for awards

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) have been shortlisted for a number of awards relating to their events, publications and website. 
24 February 2017

Christmasworld 2017 hailed a “complete success”

Organisers have reported another successful Christmasworld tradeshow, with more than 10,700 trade buyers attending across the seasonal trade event and sister shows Paperworld and Creativeworld 
24 February 2017

Analysts give ‘sell’ rating for Kingfisher stock

B&Q and Screwfix parent, Kingfisher plc has earned an average ‘sell’ rating for its stock this week, as investor analysts covering the company asses its share performanc 
23 February 2017

Greater call for British-made products

Demand for UK-made goods increased in recent months, with total order books improving further, but prices are expected to ris 
23 February 2017

Garden centre loses High Court battle over green belt row

Hare Hatch Sheeplands, near Twyford, has lost a battle in the High Court over its use of green belt land. 
22 February 2017

B&Q recalls 25 'dangerous' light fittings

B&Q has recalled 25 light fittings sold in its stores between February 2014 and February 2017 due to the risk of parts falling from the fixtures and injuring people. 
22 February 2017

Jewson promises pay increase for staff

Builders merchant, Jewson has announced plans to increase its employees’ wages ahead of the Government’s introduction of the National Living Wage later this year. 
21 February 2017

Dobbies and Decco to speak at GIMA Day Conference

The Garden Industry Manufacturer's Association (GIMA) has announced that Dobbies Garden Centres ceo John Cleland and Decco's ceo designate Charlie Lacey will be speaking at the next GIMA day conference. 

20 February 2017

Axminster Tools recognised as a top 250 ecommerce retailer

Devon-based Axminster Tools & Machinery has recently been listed in the top 250 ecommerce and cross-channel retailers as detailed in the Internet Retailing UK (IRUK) Top 500 report 2017, moving up a level from the top 350 group where the company was placed in 2016. 
17 February 2017

AMA Market Report: Mixed bag for DIY and building products

The UK building and home improvement products distribution market is a large, mature market and as such tends to experience modest year on year change. 
17 February 2017

Doors close on Totally as show reveals new branding for next year

Totally DIY & Tools closed doors on this year's two-day exhibition at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, this week – but plans are already underway to re-brand the event as the National DIY Show and move its February date to June. 
16 February 2017

North Shields hardware shop to close after 150 years

Gladston's of North Shields is closing down in April after more than 150 years trading in the Tyne and Wear area. 
16 February 2017

B&Q to open first 'small format' store in London

DIY giant B&Q will be opening its first 3,000sq ft 'small format' store on Holloway Road, London, next month. 
16 February 2017

Bunnings reveals locations of the three further UK pilot stores

Bunnings UK has released details of the three remaining pilot stores, with a second earmarked for St Albans in April and the other two planned for Hemel Hempstead and Milton Keynes. 
15 February 2017

Wesfarmers reveals £28m pre-tax loss for Homebase

Homebase's new parent group Wesfarmers has released figures for the six months ending December 31, 2016, revealing an operating revenue for Bunnings UK and Ireland of £612 million with a loss before tax and interest of £28 million. 
15 February 2017

Tree sales up 22% at Wyevale Nurseries

Hereford-based Wyevale Nurseries has revealed that its tree sales were up 22% year-on-year from August 2016 until January 31, 2017. 
13 February 2017

Profits slide at Dunelm Mill

Profit before tax dropped by 11.3% at Dunelm Mill during the 26 weeks to December 31, 2016, despite a 2.8% upturn in sales – boosted, in part, by the retailer's acquisition of Worldstores. 
10 February 2017

Screwfix opens its 500th store

Kingfisher retailer Screwfix is celebrating its 500th store milestone with the opening of its new Enfield branch, the second in the area, which will create 15 new jobs. 
10 February 2017

DIY exhibitors largely happy as Spring Fair closes

Spring Fair closed what was, for DIY exhibitors at least, a long six day run today, with organisers and exhibitors alike heralding the show – and its new foray into DIY – a success. 
9 February 2017

“Big box DIY stores are losing relevance”

Other channels, says the show's organisers Fediyma and EDRA, are growing while big box stores are missing out, with e- and mobile-commerce, speciality and pop-up stores, small formats and showrooms all growing in appeal. 
9 February 2017

What do you think?

As Totally DIY & Tools closes on the heels of Spring Fair, which show did you prefer this year?

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re: B&Q recalls 25 'dangerous' light fittings

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