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UPDATE: Fire at Tafs caused by electrical fault 5-Feb-2016
Investigators at Shropshire Fire & Rescue rule an overnight blaze at timber and fencing firm Tafs Garden Co was sparked by "abnormal electrical activity"

Lowe's acquires competitor Rona 5-Feb-2016
US home improvement giant Lowe's is buying Canadian retail rival Rona in a friendly takeover for C$3.2bn.

Midlands hardware supplier moves to new premises 4-Feb-2016
Hiatt Hardware UK will move to a new 55,000sq ft unit in Aston, Birmingham, after acquiring the space from manufacturer Hydraforce for an undisclosed sum.

Major overnight blaze at Shropshire timber firm 3-Feb-2016
More than 40 firefighters and six fire engines attended a major blaze at Shropshire timber and fencing supplier Tafs Garden Co last night.

Poundbury Gardens seeks charity partner 2-Feb-2016
Poundbury Gardens, which is part of The Gardens Group, is searching for a local charity or not-for-profit organisation to donate 10% of its takings to during its 10th anniversary celebrations, which take place between Tuesday, March 1 and Thursday, March 10.

Sainsbury's offers £1.3bn for Argos 2-Feb-2016
As had been widely predicted, Sainsbury's went back to Home Retail Group (HRG) this week with a formal offer for the business - effectively Argos.
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GardenTags debate correction 1-Feb-2016
The timing of GardenTags' live streamed debate, as outlined in our 'New blogging platform launched to boost gardening' story has been changed.

George Lines becomes division of Lords Builders Merchants 1-Feb-2016
West London-based independent civils merchant George Lines has become part of Lords Builders Merchants.

Get ready to walk for charity 1-Feb-2016
Members of the industry are being urged to get involved with this year's Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day walk.

Housewares distributor Polder Housewares acquired by Topspin Partners 1-Feb-2016
Polder Housewares, a designer, marketer and distributor of branded housewares products across the kitchen storage and food prep, home organisation, and laundry categories, announced that it has been acquired by Topspin Partners.

DIY and hardware independent sales sink in Q4 1-Feb-2016
DIY independents' impressive run of sales growth came to an abrupt halt in the last three months of 2015 as they slumped into decline.

Grafton Group takes another merchant 1-Feb-2016
Builder's merchanting and DIY business Grafton Group has completed the acquisition of another merchant, Allsand Supplies.

Newcastle independent Dochertys closing down 1-Feb-2016
Well-known Newcastle store Dochertys is the latest hardware independent to announce that it is closing down for good.

GCA winners announced 28-Jan-2016
The winners of the Garden Centre Association's (GCA) annual awards were announced at its conference in Brighton this week.

Crowders Garden Centre becomes Wyevale GC's 153rd 27-Jan-2016
Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) announced today that it has acquired Crowders Garden Centre of Horncastle, Lincolnshire, bringing its estate to 153 centres across England and Wales.

Tesco apologises over abuse of suppliers 27-Jan-2016
Tesco has conceded that some of its past practices have been "both unsustainable and harmful to our suppliers".

New blogging platform launched to boost gardening 26-Jan-2016
A host of high-profile personalities is getting behind a new initiative to promote gardening.

Delivery firm DX boosts click-and-collect convenience 26-Jan-2016
Logistics and parcel distribution company DX has announced the launch of DX Parcel Exchange, which allows consumers to collect their internet deliveries from over 1,000 convenient locations nationwide.

2016 lawn care challenges 'can be overcome' 26-Jan-2016
After exceptionally difficult weather conditions in December which are likely to challenge the success of this year's lawn care category, retailers are being urged to provide additional support and reassurance to customers.

Usdaw union seeks talks with new Homebase owner 26-Jan-2016
Shopworkers trade union Usdaw is looking to have urgent talks with Wesfarmers, the new owner of Homebase.

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Latest product news

Bonnington shines a light on luxury 3-Feb-2016
The Dusk Till Dawn lighting range from Bonnington Plastics targets the high-end consumer, says the company.

Sterling Locks: Totally secure 3-Feb-2016
The joint Sterling Locks and Burg Wachter stand at this year's Totally DIY show will showcase the strength and depth of physical security products available from the Sterling Locks brand.

See Specialist Group workbench at Totally 3-Feb-2016
This year Specialist Group will be showcasing the Builders Brand 4-in-1 Workstation at Totally DIY Totally Tools.

Draper goes digital at Totally 3-Feb-2016
Draper Tools will be exhibiting with a contemporary look and interactive touch-screen technology at this year's Totally.

Burg-Wächter is a safe bet at Totally 3-Feb-2016
Retailers visiting the joint Sterling Locks and Burg Wachter stand at this year's Totally DIY show will be offered a shortcut to all that's best in quality locking products at great value, says the company.

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Latest people news

James Brindle re-joins Gardman 1-Feb-2016
Experienced sales executive James Brindle has re-joined Gardman as the company's business development director.

Kingfisher appoints digital expert 25-Jan-2016
Digital retail expert Rakhi Parekh is to join Kingfisher as a non-executive director from February 1.

Dunlop appoints new area sales manager hired for East Anglia and South East 21-Jan-2016
Dunlop, specialist manufacturer of tile adhesives, grouts, finishing and decorating products, has hired Lewis Turner as area sales manager for East Anglia and the South East as part of the company's continual expansion.

Tim Clapp promoted to head of range at Kingfisher 21-Jan-2016
Tim Clapp has been promoted to the role of head of range (horticulture and garden care) at B&Q's parent group Kingfisher.

Forest Garden bolsters its team 5-Jan-2016
As Forest Garden ramps up activity to meet the early spring demand, the garden timber products manufacturer confirmed that it has employed several new team members, strengthening both its sales force presence and approach to new product development.

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