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House prices set to increase by 3% 19-Dec-2014
House prices in the UK will see an average increase of 3% over the course of next year, bolstered by recent changes to Stamp Duty, continuing demand and lack of supply of property, according to the RICS housing forecast for 2015.

The Range to open new store in Plymouth 19-Dec-2014
After much speculation The Range has confirmed that they will be opening a new store in Plymouth in early 2015.

Global DIY market reaches €399bn 18-Dec-2014
In 2013, the DIY/Home Improvement World Market turnover reached approximately €399 billion, according to Fediyma's World DIY Report.

Dorset independent P&G Crocker wins Toolbank display award 16-Dec-2014
Independent retailers dominated the window display category in Toolbank's festive 2014 XMS promotion display competition - reflecting the fact that nearly all independent retailers have display windows, whereas most builders merchants do not, says Toolbank.

DIY Week Awards: Retailer silver winners announced 16-Dec-2014
Judging has taken place and the list of silver winners in the 2015 DIY Week Awards can now be revealed.
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Choice Marketing growing stronger, AGM hears 16-Dec-2014
Members of buying and marketing organisation Choice Marketing attending their recent AGM heard that membership continues to grow, and that solid supplier relationships had been established following 2014's disruption in supply.

Grafton Group acquires Crescent Building Supplies 16-Dec-2014
Grafton Group has acquired Crescent Building Supplies, an independent supplier of building materials trading from four branches in Ruislip, Hillingdon, Uxbridge and Maidenhead.

The Ideal Home Show returns to Olympia London in 2015 16-Dec-2014
Britain's biggest consumer home event, the Ideal Home Show is to return to its original roots at Olympia London in March 2015.

Online electrical market set for 37% growth 16-Dec-2014
Electrical products are increasingly being sourced online, both by contractors and end users, and as such the outlook for distribution via this type of channel remains positive.

GCA reveals more conference speakers 16-Dec-2014
The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has named three more speakers at its conference in January.

Gardenex arranges stand discount at Dubai show 16-Dec-2014
The Gardenex export federation has arranged a stand discount for its members wishing to exhibit at Dubai's Outdoor Design & Build Show in April.

Brighter housing market boosts Leekes sales and profits 16-Dec-2014
Home department store group Leekes delivered significant sales and profitability growth in the first six months of its financial year.

GCA picks best garden centre Christmas displays 15-Dec-2014
Thirteen Garden Centre Association (GCA) members have been named as having the best Christmas displays in their regions.

Van Hage garden centre backs out of Waitrose plan 15-Dec-2014
Hertfordshire garden centre Van Hage's plans for a joint development with Waitrose have been thrown into disarray.

James W Inglis to receive Global DIY Lifetime Award 15-Dec-2014
The Boards of EDRA, fediyma and ghin have announced that James (Jim) W. Inglis has been selected to receive the Global DIY Lifetime Award for his unparalleled contribution to the global home improvement industry.

Online tool retailer boosts customer finance offer 10-Dec-2014
Ecommerce tool specialist Toolstop has partnered with V12 Retail Finance to offer its customers more options when making online purchases.

Gardenex organises British pavilions at garden shows 10-Dec-2014
Gardenex, the export federation for the garden and leisure industry, is to organise British pavilions at two major overseas exhibitions next year.

Post-fire hardware shop attracts higher-spend customers 10-Dec-2014
Eastbourne hardware shop Trend DIY is anticipating a very merry Christmas, having experienced an unexpected new lease of life following a devastating fire this year.

Growth opportunities stimulate debate at GIMA day conference 10-Dec-2014
Opportunities offered by exporting, online shopping, app-based selling tools, media events and marketing and charity initiatives generated enthusiastic interest from garden product suppliers at last month's Garden Industry Manufacturers' Association (GIMA) day conference.

Rothley supports Carvers in re-build following fire 10-Dec-2014
Rothley, the Wolverhampton-based supplier of DIY and hardware products, has supplied local builders merchant Carvers Building Supplies with a full range of products as part of its redevelopment following a serious fire.

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Latest product news

Smart Garden Products launches 30 new products at Christmas Fair 15-Dec-2014
Smart Garden Products is launching over 30 new products at its inaugural attendance at January's Harrogate Christmas & Gift fair.

Cable routing made easy by Carl Kammerling 15-Dec-2014
Carl Kammerling International's new CK Tools Mighty Rods cable rod set is designed to make light work of cable routing.

Town & Country has it in the bag 15-Dec-2014
Among a raft of new product developments unveiled by Town & Country at Glee is this collection of stylish, re-usable shopping bags with matching pouches.

Liberon protects wood from worst of the weather 15-Dec-2014
Joining Liberon's exterior range is the exterior wood protector for horizontal and vertical timber.

Slim slate mosaics, slim cost, from Homelux 15-Dec-2014
Homelux launched an innovative range of mosaic tiles, called Slate Slims, during the year.

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Latest people news

New national account manager at EP Barrus 16-Dec-2014
EP Barrus has extended its garden division with the appointment of Helen Woodward as national account manager for Wolf-Garten and Wilkinson Sword garden tools and Energizer batteries.

Whitefurze appoints new key account manager 12-Dec-2014
Rebecca Cox has joined Whitefurze as key account manager for the South region, further strengthening the company's growing sales team.

JLP appoints acting finance director 1-Dec-2014
Loraine Woodhouse is today joining the board of John Lewis Partnership (JLP) as acting group finance director.

Wayne Flory takes over as Toolbank ceo 1-Dec-2014
Toolbank product director Wayne Flory has been promoted to chief executive of the tools and hardware distributor.

Polyseam appoints marketing manager ahead of TV campaign 11-Nov-2014
Polyseam, the manufacturer of the Graft brand of sealants, adhesives and fillers for professionals and DIY enthusiasts, has appointed a new marketing manager.

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