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Report predicts death of the high st by 2030

An industry report conducted by ParcelHero has predicted that the high street as we know it will be a memory within just 14 years. 
24 January 2017

Big ticket sales boost revenues at Homebase Ireland

Homebase in Ireland has released sales figures for the year ending February 27, 2016, with revenues up 8% to €47.56m. 
23 January 2017

B&Q lorry blocks off Cornish village for 18 hours

A massive B&Q lorry caused chaos in the small village of Pentewan in Cornwall last week as it became wedged in a narrow bend in the road. 
23 January 2017

Hillingdon Garden Centre to close at month's end

Wyevale's Hillingdon Garden Centre, based in Uxbridge, North London, is closing down on January 31 because its landlords plan to build on the site. 
23 January 2017

UK retail sales drop dramatically in December

Retail sales dropped by 1.9% in December, the biggest fall since April 2012, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics. 
20 January 2017

Wyevale launches new transactional website

After a long time in development, Wyevale garden centres has launched its new transactional website, complete with offer of free deliveries for all orders placed before February 14. 
19 January 2017

Rainy Day Trust awarded Big Lottery Grant

The Rainy Day Trust (RDT) has been awarded £8,790 by the Big Lottery through its Awards for All scheme to support the Trust's work with older people. 
19 January 2017

Plans for new garden centre in Colne postponed

A major new garden centre planned for Colne, Lancashire, has been put on hold due to disputes over access arrangements for the site. 
19 January 2017

Argos pulls out of Redditch shopping centre

Argos has confirmed it will be closing its branch in the Kingfisher shopping centre in Redditch this Friday. 
18 January 2017

Squire's prepares for launch of two Surrey garden centres

Squire's Garden Centres will be opening a new garden centre in Chertsey this March, and relaunching its Hersham centre just two weeks later. 
17 January 2017

Plans submitted for new, Victorian-style Fermoys Garden Centre

Fermoys Garden Centre in Ipplepen, Devon, could soon be undergoing a major Victorian palm house-style transformation, as per a recent planning application submitted by owner Blue Diamond. 
16 January 2017

Smash-and-grab B&Q burglar jailed

A railway worker who carried out a smash-and-grab raid on B&Q Chippenham has been jailed for a year. 
13 January 2017

Squire's Badshot Lea opens new Pets & Aquatics centre

Squire's Garden Centre, Badshot Lea, has launched its “bigger and better” Pets & Aquatics centre following an investment of more than £100,000. 
13 January 2017

Topps Tiles reports a positive first quarter

Topps Tiles has released a trading update for its first quarter, with sales up 0.3% for the 13 weeks ending December 31, 2016. 
12 January 2017

Major retailers report on Christmas trading

M&S, Tesco, John Lewis and Debenhams were among some of the country's biggest retailers reporting an upturn in sales over the Christmas period – but for some the increase was more marginal than exceptional. 
12 January 2017

Wilko fined £2.2m after worker is crushed

Wilko has been fined £2.2m after a 23-year-old employee was crushed by a metal cage of paint, leaving her paralysed. 
11 January 2017

Argos helps boost sales at Sainsbury's

Total sales nudged up 0.8% at Sainbury's during its third quarter - covering the 15 weeks to January 7, 2017 - helped by a 4.1% boost to total sales at newly acquired Argos. 
11 January 2017

Eliza Tinsley Ltd acquires RB UK

Eliza Tinsley Ltd, supplier for agricultural hardware, ironmongery and office furniture has announced its successful acquisition of Bedfordshire based RB UK Ltd, who went into administration last month.  
10 January 2017

Global DIY Summit expected to be “most successful ever”

This year's Global DIY Summit, which will take place in Berlin on June 8 – 9, is expected to be the “most successful home improvement congress ever organised” with several top names from the industry having already booked their place. 
10 January 2017

Garden centres invited to get creative to be competitive

Garden centre owners, managers and teams attending the 51st Garden Centre Association (GCA) annual conference this month will be challenged to become more creative to cultivate a competitive edge. 
9 January 2017

What do you think?

Spring Fair is launching a DIY section for the first time as it teams up with the DIY Week Awards from Feb 5-9. Meanwhile, Totally is pledging big names and unmissable events for its Feb 14-15 show.
Which DIY trade show(s) will you be attending?

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