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Consumer confidence rebounds to pre-Brexit level

Figures released by research company GfK report that consumer confidence in September returned to the levels it had before the June Brexit vote. 
30 September 2016

Smart Garden to acquire Chapelwood Birdcare from Scotts

Rumours circulating at the recent Glee show that Smart Garden were eying up Scotts' Chapelwood business have been confirmed as the companies announced this week that they have agreed terms for an unknown purchase price. 
30 September 2016

Leekes launches 'new way of sofa shopping'

Department store Leekes has launched what it is calling a "revolutionary new concept in sofa buying" in the form of The Lounge Co. sofa gallery. 
29 September 2016

Trago set to become major DIY player with £3m expansion

South West discount retailer Trago Mills is substantially expanding its DIY offer, with construction starting this week on a £3m Build Centre at its Newton Abbott branch. 
29 September 2016

BHS.com goes live

The new face of BHS - an all-new website selling the retailer's most popular lines - has officially gone live. 
29 September 2016

Broad St DIY goes for gold

Family run, independent DIY store Broad Street DIY has secured a place in the final stage of the prestigious 2016 Midlands Family Business Awards - which celebrate the work and achievements of family businesses across the region. 
28 September 2016

Henkel rejoins BHETA

Henkel Adhesives has rejoined The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) after an absence of six years. 
27 September 2016

B&Q recalls dangerous hedge trimmer

B&Q has reportedly issued a recall over a hedge trimmer which carries a risk of injury to the user from the ejection of motor fragments through the casing vents. 
27 September 2016

Home Hardware cooks up Bake Off window challenge

Home Hardware Scotland recently held a Bake Off window competition for its 60 plus independently owned shops throughout Scotland and the north of England. 
26 September 2016

Homebase store in Omagh saved from closure

Staff at a Homebase store in Omagh, Northern Ireland, have been told that their jobs are now safe after the store was brought back from the chopping block. 
26 September 2016

BHS to relaunch in UK as new online retailer

Following its collapse into administration earlier this year, BHS is set to relaunch in the UK as an online retailer selling a range of lighting and home furnishing products. 
26 September 2016

Pirates, ballet dancers and cowboys drive 1.3k miles for RDT

More than 120 members of the home improvement industry donned fancy dress and took part in a variety of hair-raising challenges, all whilst driving 1,300 miles through eight countries for the 2016 VADO Rally, raising money for the Rainy Day Trust. 
23 September 2016

DIY multiples market worth £7.2bn last year

The home improvement multiple retail market grew by approximately 4% last year, according to a new report from AMA Research. 
23 September 2016

Glee 2017 breaks re-booking records

Just a week past the closure of Glee 2016, organisers have confirmed that re-bookings for next year's event have broken all the show's previous records. 
23 September 2016

Thieves raid £15k worth of stock from Great Bridge DIY shop

Great Bridge DIY store in Tipton was recently targeted by thieves who stole £15,000 worth of goods including hammers, lock cutters and even the store's CCTV cameras. 
22 September 2016

MICA award nominees revealed

Mica retailers will gather for their annual mix of business and pleasure in the Channel Islands next week for the Mica Gala Dinner & Awards evening. Mica has announced exclusively to DIY Week the nominees in four of the categories. 
21 September 2016

Wholesale nursery sees rise in garden design sector

One of the UK’s leading nurseries has announced that it has seen a 45% increase in sales year-on-year this month (September, 2016) from the garden design sector. 
21 September 2016

Kingfisher profits up

B&Q owner Kingfisher has posted strong results for the first six months of its financial year and said there is "no clear evidence" the EU referendum result impacted its performance. 
21 September 2016

Argos outlet to close

Argos is to close its outlet in Hessle near Hull, reports the Hull Daily Mail. 
21 September 2016

New Bunnings Warehouse for Plymouth

Plymouth could be set to get a massive new Bunnings Warehouse store by the end of the year – with the Aussie chain poised to move into the city, reports the Plymouth Herald. 
21 September 2016

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B&Q trials use of avatars for customer DIY queries

By bq bob
Oh my God what the hell is my company thinking, is it being run by a bunch of 12 year old s! Half our customers are older and would have no ...

good start

By whisper
Big job to reshape this business but looks like a good start...

Kingfisher Q2 sales show no negative impact from Brexit vote

By bq bob
Mz laury's salary package totals over 4000,000. Inc an 80% of salary bonus and 80% shares. That's over 19,000 an hour. I don't earn ...

Ex-BHS boss told to get off his yacht and sort BHS crisis

By BQ bob
Green is no difference to all the other fatcat ceo's. B&Q, tesco, boots,etc all these ceo's have seen their and their directors earnings ...

Kingfisher Q2 sales show no negative impact from Brexit vote

By bq bob
If she makes on target earnings she will earn 4.5 million! That is 19,000 a week!that is almost 2000 an hour, again 2000 per hour....