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Mary Portas joins BIRA High Street Conference line-up 31-Mar-2015
The British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) says it will present an inspiring programme of speakers combining leaders from across the retail sphere at its High Street Conference next month.

B&Q to shed 60 stores as ceo O'Byrne quits 31-Mar-2015
Around 60 B&Q stores in the UK and Ireland are to be closed over the next two years, parent Kingfisher said today as it released its full-year results.

Fiskars campaign starts Easter weekend 30-Mar-2015
The Easter weekend will see the launch of Fiskars' spring TV, radio, print and online advertising campaign.

Mr Bricolage derails Kingfisher acquisition 30-Mar-2015
Kingfisher's proposed acquisition of French DIY chain Mr Bricolage is off, the company confirmed today.

Consumers are already gearing up for DIY ahead of the Bank holiday 27-Mar-2015
According to Ebay, this weekend is the starting gun for Bank holiday spending and a huge opportunity for brands to grab share of wallet, as consumers shop online for DIY and entertainment items a week early.

Wyevale Garden Centres' daffs raise charity funds 25-Mar-2015
With Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) having already sold 100,000 fresh daffodils this month and donating a percentage of sales to Marie Curie's Great Daffodil Appeal, the charity is in line for a bumper handout.

Topps Tiles grows first-half sales by 6.4% 25-Mar-2015
Topps Tiles said today in a trading statement that business had been "encouraging" in its first half, delivering further growth in sales.

Independent openings shrink to 0.3% 25-Mar-2015
The British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) says growth in the number of independent shops is "becoming vanishingly slender", as new figures show openings continuing to fall.

PetQuip Awards 2015 goes to Telford with PATS show 24-Mar-2015
The PetQuip association is staging its PetQuip Awards again this year, in association with this September's PATS show at its new venue in Telford.

Mr Bricolage raises doubts about Kingfisher takeover 24-Mar-2015
Kingfisher's proposed acquisition of Mr Bricolage was thrown into doubt today after it emerged that board members and major shareholders of the French DIY chain have misgivings about the deal.

Robomow secures new partnership with Maplin 24-Mar-2015
Robotic lawnmower company Robomow has announced a new partnership with the UK electricals retailer that will see its products stocked online and in store.
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Kelkay app improves service to retailers 24-Mar-2015
Garden landscape supplier Kelkay has launched a new app designed to enhance its service to retailers.

Dulux invites public to vote for Colour Moment of the Year 24-Mar-2015
Dulux has today launched the shortlist for its third annual Let's Colour Awards, which celebrate the most innovative uses of colour across Britain's creative industries and events.

Garden centre prepares to open £650,000 extension 23-Mar-2015
A North Yorkshire garden centre is looking forward to a boost in business as it prepares to open a new extension.

Threesixty Innovation relocates to larger premises 23-Mar-2015
Home and hardware products manufacturer Threesixty Innovation successfully relocated the business this month, moving from Nottinghamshire to Derbyshire and upsizing from 14,000sq ft premises to nearly 70,000sq ft.

Topps' TV campaign appeals to consumers' emotions 23-Mar-2015
This weekend saw the launch of a new TV advertising campaign from Topps Tiles, which is adopting a more brand-led approach to its marketing.

£3m handout for former Kingfisher chief Sir Ian Cheshire 23-Mar-2015
Sir Ian Cheshire is expected to receive payments of over £3m from B&Q and Screwfix owner Kingfisher, of which he was until January this year chief executive.

Next plans continued rollout of Home stores 23-Mar-2015
Next says it is looking to open at least eight more of its successful Home and Fashion stores over the next few years.

George Osborne visits Travis Perkins distribution centre 23-Mar-2015
Travis Perkins celebrated the rollout of its new Range Centres with a visit to the Tilbury, Essex site from Chancellor George Osborne.

Topps partners with Macmillan Cancer Support 23-Mar-2015
Topps Tiles has forged a new charity partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, pledging five years of fundraising for the national cancer charity.


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Latest product news

Now it's water off Duck Tape's back 25-Mar-2015
Duck Tape is launching a revolutionary new exterior masking tape for the UK DIY market.

Small-space growing from Elho 25-Mar-2015
Elho's new Green Basics Grow Table XXL with Grow House XXL is just the right size for balconies and terraces, and the perfect height for little growers or those who find it difficult to bend down to pots or beds.

Everbuild Stixall 18-Mar-2015
Everbuild's Stixall Rapid 30 is a new two component hybrid polymer adhesive with ultra-quick curing properties - setting hard in just 30 minutes.

A flexible solution 18-Mar-2015
Sikaflex EBT+ is a flexible solution from Sika Everbuild, combining the properties of an adhesive with a sealant and filler to deliver an all in one product that can be used on most materials including concrete, brick, mortar, wood and metal.

Smart Garden Products enhances online service 18-Mar-2015
Smart Garden Products has unveiled its new website which complements the company's new branding and showcases their 500 products across six key categories.

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Latest people news

Michael Ball named ceo designate at Mica 24-Mar-2015
The member board of directors of Mica DIY announced the appointment of Michael Ball as ceo designate at the Mica Exchange in York this weekend.

GCA reveals its new area chairmen 18-Mar-2015
The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has revealed the new area chairmen who will represent member garden centres in each region this year.

Home Hardware appoints new director 18-Mar-2015
Home Hardware South West has announced that Jonty Mayo of Musgraves and Middletons Home Hardware in Cumbria has agreed to become a non-executive director.

Stewart Hainsworth to leave Gardman 11-Mar-2015
Gardman ceo Stewart Hainsworth has announced he will leave the company to pursue a career outside of the garden sector.

Newsome Tools grows its sales force 11-Mar-2015
Newsome Tools has welcome Bill Hardeman as territory manger for the West Midlands.

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