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Sainsburys to offer Argos digital stores in its supermarkets 30-Jan-2015
Homebase and Argos parent Home Retail Group has teamed up with the UK's second largest grocer Sainsbury's to open 10 new Argos digital stores within existing Sainsbury's supermarkets.

DHF membership hits all-time high 29-Jan-2015
The Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) has welcomed its 300th member, as its drive to increase levels of quality, compliance, training and safety in the industry continues.

Restructure at Scotts 29-Jan-2015
A restructure within the international Scotts business means the UK division will report directly to the US but results in the departure of vice president Martin Breddy.

B&Q fined over health and safety breach 29-Jan-2015
A B&Q store in Greater London has been fined £65,000 for failing to meet health and safety standards in the workplace, following an investigation by Hillingdon Council's food health and safety team.

The GCA announces the nation's top garden centres at its awards 29-Jan-2015
The winners of the Garden Centre Association's (GCA) annual awards were announced at its conference this week.

Big changes at Earlswood Plants 29-Jan-2015
Customers and suppliers of Earlswood Plants in Solihull are being assured that there will be a seamless transfer of business when the firm goes into dormancy this month.

William Sinclair shoots latest ads on location in South Africa 27-Jan-2015
William Sinclair Horticulture has finished location shooting in South Africa of the launch TV commercials for its new tomato planter and weedkiller spray.

Police assistance required: help identify this tool 26-Jan-2015
Wiltshire Police are asking for help in identifying the make and age of a shovel linked to a murder investigation. Can you help?

Fiskars UK relocates to Birmingham 23-Jan-2015
Garden tool and scissor brand Fiskars, which recently celebrated 365 years, has chosen Birmingham as its new UK office location.

Shop theft reaches 10-year peak 22-Jan-2015
The impact of theft on UK retailers has reached its highest level in a decade.

BIRA Direct achieves record trading year 22-Jan-2015
The British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) says 2014 was nothing short of a sensation for BIRA Direct and the independent retailers it supplied with product during the year.

Wm Sinclair appoints Decco as national distributor 20-Jan-2015
William Sinclair has signed a national distribution agreement with wholesaler Decco covering the company's J Arthur Bower's, Growing Success, New Horizon and Deadfast brands.

Garden centre customers wrapped up in December 20-Jan-2015
Clothing was the biggest seller at garden centres in December, according to the Garden Centre Association (GCA).

Two more stores for The Range 20-Jan-2015
The Range is set to open its newest store next week.

Rising competition delivers disappointing year for Wm Sinclair 20-Jan-2015
Growing media supplier William Sinclair today described the 12 months to September 30 2014 as "disappointing", as it released its results for the year.

Poundland teams with Tommy Walsh for DIY launch 19-Jan-2015
Discount retailer Poundland is partnering with celebrity builder and DIY expert Tommy Walsh for the launch of a new range of DIY essentials.
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Toolstation opens two new branches in Greater London 19-Jan-2015
One of Britain's fastest-growing suppliers of tools, accessories and building supplies, has opens two new branches in the Greater London areas of Sydenham and Isleworth today.

Tesco/Dobbies East Kilbride joint venture scrapped 19-Jan-2015
Embattled grocer Tesco has ditched its plans for a joint venture with Dobbies in East Kilbride.

Christmas period like-for-like sales up at Homebase and Argos 15-Jan-2015
Like-for-like sales at Homebase were up 0.6% in the 18 weeks to January 3 2015, although the programme of store closures resulted in total sales declining by 2.7% to £451m.
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Half of homeowners plan renovations in 2015 14-Jan-2015
An overwhelming majority (94%) of UK homeowners would rather spend money improving their current home than sell up and move on, suggests new research.


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Latest product news

Polyseam demonstrates award-winning sealant at Totally 30-Jan-2015
At Totally, Polyseam will be demonstrating the Graft IPT sealant, Totally DIY's 2014 Silver Award winner and shortlisted for DIY Product of the Year for 2015.

Chemfix unveils new formulations at Totally 29-Jan-2015
Due to new European legislation being implemented from April 1, 2015, Chemfix is pre-empting the enforced changes to labeling and packaging on Styrene-based products, by ensuring all future woodfillers under the Metolux brand will be a new Styrene-free formulation.

Centurion to showcase rebrand at Totally 29-Jan-2015
Centurion Europe is showcasing its ranges of retail-ready pre-packaged hardware, tools and DIY products, including well-known brands such as Powerlines and Plumbing Solutions, at this year's Totally DIY.

Sika Everbuild returns to Totally DIY 2015 22-Jan-2015
Sika Everbuild, the UK's largest manufacturer of sealants, adhesives, fillers and building chemicals, will be exhibiting once again at Totally DIY 2015, within the BIRA pavilion.

More own label from Stax at Totally 22-Jan-2015
National cash-and-carry and delivered wholesaler Stax Trade Centres will be unveiling more of its essential own-label DIY, tools, decorating and hardware lines at the Totally shows.

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Latest people news

Squire's raises more than £13k for charity 29-Jan-2015
Squire's Garden Centres has presented cheques totalling £13,454 to various charities across the South East including The National Autistic Society, Princess Alice Hospice and Shooting Star Chase Children's Hospice. Squire's Garden Centres has presented cheques totalling £13,454 to various charities across the South East including The National Autistic Society, Princess Alice Hospice and Shooting Star Chase Children's Hospice.

Everbuild founder seeks new challenges 29-Jan-2015
David Seymour, founder and managing director of Everbuild Building Products Ltd has recently left the company in a planned move following the sale of Everbuild to Sika.

Carlisle retailer takes on apprentices 20-Jan-2015
Carlisle-based retailer of door handles and window furniture, More Handles, has taken on two new apprentices under the government's apprentice scheme as well as two more warehouse staff.

Hardware independent grows the workforce 19-Jan-2015
Expanding independent Wilbys Home Hardware has taken on two new employees.

Huddersfield rugby scores with Bond It 14-Jan-2015
Sealants and adhesives manufacturer Bond It has renewed its sponsorship of the Huddersfield Giants Super League rugby team.

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