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Paving company pledges £500 for charity in memory of employee

Following the tragic death of employee Tony Marshall earlier this year, groundwork and civil engineering specialist Rudridge will be donating the £500 usually spent on Christmas cards and postage to charity. 
2 December 2016

Animal rights campaigners accuse Scotsdales of cruelty

A Facebook group and petition have been launched calling for Scotsdales Garden Centre in Cambridgeshire to stop using live reindeer in their Christmas displays, claiming it is cruel and "completely inadequate for their welfare." 
1 December 2016

Centurion gains ISO accreditation

Doncaster-based Centurion Europe, supplier of hardware, garden, housewares and safety products, has been awarded ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certification after thorough external audits by an accredited registrar company. 
1 December 2016

Garden centre's £1m re-fit could be torn down

Charnley's Home and Garden store in Dalton has recently undergone a £1m extension, but the business' new mezzanine level could face being torn down after a vote by Barrow Borough Council. 
30 November 2016

Man approaches garden centre staff with a gun

Wiltshire police are on the hunt for a man who approached staff at Whitehall Garden Centre, Lacock, wearing a balaclava and in possession of a firearm. 
30 November 2016

Bunnings' takeover of Homebase costs Habitat £18m

Furniture retailer Habitat has posted positive turnover figures for its year ending February 27, 2016, but has revealed an 'exceptional items charge' of £12.4m, resulting in losses of £18m. 
30 November 2016

Topps Tiles enjoys "record sales" of £215m for FY16

The UK's largest tile specialist Topps Tiles has released its figures for the 52 weeks ending 1 October, with sales up 4.2% like-for-like for the period. 
29 November 2016

Ikea announces fifth consecutive year of sales growth

Ikea UK has revealed that sales reached £1.72bn, an increase of 8.9% for the year to August 31, 2016 
29 November 2016

Research suggests Cyber Monday spending will be bigger than last year

New research from reveals that 14% of people plan to spend more during Cyber Monday this year (28th November) than they did in 2015, and just 5% expect to spend less. 
28 November 2016

Dunelm branches into baby goods with acquisition of Kiddicare

Homewares retailer Dunelm Mill has agreed to purchase baby specialist store Kiddicare in a bid to raise its online game. 
28 November 2016

Poundland to close 80 stores

Just months after it was taken over by South African retail company Steinhoff, Poundland has revealed plans to close up to 80 stores. 
28 November 2016

GIMA and HTA join forces to purchase The Garden Press Event

The Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) and the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) have joined forces to purchase the garden industry’s leading media-facing event, The Garden Press Event. 
25 November 2016

Black Friday: Which DIY retailers are cashing in?

With Black Friday mania upon us, DIY Week takes a look at which of the biggest DIY and garden players in the market are offering deals... and how much customers can expect to save. 
24 November 2016

Registrations opens for fifth Global DIY Summit

"End of an era: a glimpse into the future of home improvement," is the theme for next year's global DIY summit, which will take place in Berlin in June. 
23 November 2016

Kingfisher reports "solid" Q3 performance

B&Q and Screwfix parent company Kingfisher has reported on its third quarter, with like-for-like sales up 1.8%, bringing total revenues to £3bn, largely, it said, due to its UK businesses. 
22 November 2016

Dobbies reveals pre-tax profit of £14.5m

Dobbies Garden Centre has revealed that its pre-tax profits for the year to February 2016 - its final set of full accounts before its sale by Tesco to private investors in the summer - reached £14.5m. 
21 November 2016

Garden centre blaze sparks concern at Heathrow airport

A large fire is said to have almost entirely destroyed an independent, family-run garden centre just a few miles from Heathrow airport. 
21 November 2016 wins trademark infringement case against competitor

Online retailer has succeeded in legal proceedings against competitor Victorian Plumbing for infringement of trademark in a ruling from the High Court released today. 
18 November 2016

Retail sales soar in October by highest amount in 14 years

The volume of goods bought during October rose by 7.4% compared with last year, according to the Office for National Statistics, the highest rate of growth since April 2002. 
17 November 2016

IronmongeryDirect launches sector's first animated TV ad

IronmongeryDirect, the UK’s largest online and mail order supplier of ironmongery products, has partnered with Stone Productions to create its first ever animated TV advert. 
17 November 2016

What do you think?

Over 200,000 people - many of them retailers - have signed a petition calling for shops to be banned from opening on Boxing Day. What are your thoughts?
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