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Portuguese-backed consortium eyeing up BHS 27-May-2016
Reports are surfacing of a Portuguese-backed consortium led by ex-Burton owner Greg Tufnell making moves to take over BHS.

HTA relocating to Oxfordshire 26-May-2016
Following an extensive search, the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has found suitable new premises and the association will be relocating to Chilton, Oxfordshire in October 2016.

B&M smashes £2bn sales barrier 26-May-2016
B&M has announced preliminary results for its full trading year, with group revenues up 23.6% to £2.04bn.

Survey suggests DIYers prefer going it alone 25-May-2016
An independent survey carried out by online furniture retailer Furniture Choice has revealed the real preferences of the UK when it comes to carrying out DIY in the home, and it seems the secret to success is to leave your partner out of it.

Hillier strikes Chelsea Gold 25-May-2016
Hillier Nurseries and Garden Centres won gold at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the 71st consecutive year.

Sales growth for Topps Tiles' first half 24-May-2016
Topps Tiles has released sales results for the 26 weeks ending April 2, with total sales growth of 3.8%, and like-for-like increases of 4.7%.

More restructuring at Homebase 24-May-2016
Homebase's new owners are continuing to roll out the changes in their buying and store support departments.

Screwfix drives Kingfisher's LfL up 6.2% in UK 24-May-2016
Kingfisher has released its first quarter results, with sales across the board up 3.6% like-for-like, and up 6.2% LfL in the UK.

Dulux bike riders raise more than £100k 23-May-2016
A sponsored bike ride involving 2000 cyclers - 220 from the Dulux Trade team - raised more than £100,000 for the Outward Bound Trust.

April showers dampen traditional garden centre sales 22-May-2016
Cold and wet weather in April put a dampener on sales in traditional categories but boosted non-traditional ones at member garden centres according to the Garden Centre Association's (GCA) Barometer of Trade results.

Retail improves in April, and internet sales boom for home improvement 19-May-2016
According to the latest from the ONS, the volume of retail sales in April increased by approximately 4.3% compared with the same month last year.

B&Q petitioner: "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything" 18-May-2016
The B&Q employee who created the now famous living wage petition has encouraged others to stand up to unfair employers.

Online home retailer to launch £50k store 18-May-2016
Rose & Grey, an online furniture and home accessories retailer, is set to open a £50k bricks-and-mortar shop in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

BHS Update: Bidders close in as administrators set terms 17-May-2016
Administrators for BHS have announced that any bidders interested in purchasing the trouble retailer outfit would have to make an offer for the entire 164 store chain.

Shop vacancy drops to lowest rate in six years 17-May-2016
Britain's shop vacancy dropped to 12.4% in April, the lowest since December 2009, according to the Local Data Company.

Henry Squire & Son joins BHETA 16-May-2016
The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has welcomed new member Henry Squire, the only independent family owned lock makers in the UK.

Gold marketing award for Tile Choice 16-May-2016
A leading Midlands independent tile retail chain is celebrating a successful business year after winning a prestigious industry award.

Lords named bira Independent Retail Business of the Year 13-May-2016
Lords, with shops in and around the capital, has been voted Independent Retail Business of the Year and received its prize during an awards ceremony at the bira High Street Conference on 11 May.

Green Gate celebrates 10 years in business 12-May-2016
Green Gate Security Access Systems has established itself as one of the UK's leading companies in its sector during its first decade in business - and is looking forward to more success in the years ahead.

Top suppliers rewarded in bira direct awards 12-May-2016
Independent retailers bestowed prizes on star suppliers in the latest bira direct awards, presented at the bira High Street Conference on 11 May.

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Latest product news

A tool for every job from Centurion 27-May-2016
Centurion is offering tradesmen and DIY enthusiasts professional tools and equipment they can trust at affordable prices.

Save time, money and effort with Siroflex 27-May-2016
SX Instant Paintable Caulk is a new sealant developed by Siroflex which can be instantly over-painted.

Tools you can trust from Draper 27-May-2016
When it comes to purchasing tools Draper knows trust is a key factor for many customers.

Durability, accuracy and stength from CK Tools 27-May-2016
Strutting its stuff in product innovation, Carl Kammerling's C.K Blue Steel Impact Bits are designed to meet growing demand for impact drills.

Secure sales with Burg-Wächter 27-May-2016
Burg-Wächter has been manufacturing padlocks for over 100 years and its name is synonymous with high quality and innovative product development.

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Latest people news

New MD at Squire's Garden Centres 18-May-2016
Martin Breddy has started his new role as managing director at Squire's Garden Centres, following the retirement of Dennis Espley.

Bira director leaves 18-May-2016
Michael Weedon, Deputy ceo and communications director of the British Independent Retailers Association is leaving bira at the end of June 2016.

Toolbank promotes Paul Maxwell to Sales Director 16-May-2016
Following Simon Bicknell's switch to the position of Marketing Development Director, Toolbank has promoted Paul Maxwell to the position of Sales Director for UK and Ireland.

Alistair McAuley is bira charitable champion 16-May-2016
Bira members recognised Akzo Nobel's Alistair McAuley as the association's Charitable Champion of the year.

Cookshop star named independent employee of the year 13-May-2016
Alison Hobbs of Potters Cookshop, has become Independent Employee of the Year at the bira High Street Conference. The award was presented by Director of Business Development for sponsers Connect, David Payne, at the Gala Dinner on 11 May.

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