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Home Hardware store changes hands 20-Nov-2014
Christel Struckmeier has retired from running Arbroath’s premier hardware store, Barclay Ross.

Another big name supports DIY Week Awards 20-Nov-2014
With judging set to commence at the end of the month, the DIY Week Awards has just signed up another major industry name as a sponsor.

Retailers gear up for Black Friday, as Visa predicts £1m to be spent every three minutes 20-Nov-2014
Argos and Amazon among retailers to offer huge discounts next Friday, while Visa Europe estimates that £360,000 will be spent every minute on its cards during the UK's busiest online shopping day, Black Friday.

Wyevale Garden Centres confirms Trelawney Barnstaple acquisition 19-Nov-2014
Wyevale Garden Centres has confirmed that it has acquired Trelawney's garden centre at Ashford, near Barnstaple, north Devon.

The Range adds three stores in two weeks 18-Nov-2014
The Range's relentless drive to hit its 100-store target this side of Christmas continues, with three more outlets due to launch within the next two weeks.

Stewart Garden TV launches with Pippa Greenwood 18-Nov-2014
Stewart Garden has launched a YouTube channel, Stewart Garden TV, featuring TV and radio gardening personality Pippa Greenwood.

DIY Week Awards: extra time to get your entry in 17-Nov-2014
Due to an unexpected change of judging date, retailers now have an extra week to get their entries in. Don't miss the boat!

October footfall puts in best performance for 10 years 17-Nov-2014
The UK non-food retail market rallied in October, posting the strongest year-on-year rise in footfall for the month since 2004.

BHETA signs up Certainly Wood 17-Nov-2014
Certainly Wood is the latest home and garden improvement company to join the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA).

£250,000 loan is Christmas boost for Southport wholesaler 17-Nov-2014
The loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus has helped Mail Order Online, which sells seasonal goods, stock up in time for Christmas.

Gardenex/PetQuip arranges meet-the-buyer day for exporters 17-Nov-2014
British garden, leisure and petcare products suppliers will have the opportunity to acquire valuable export information and to present their products to important overseas buyers at an Open Day and Meet the Buyer event being organised by the Gardenex and PetQuip associations.

One Man's Week hardware retailer produces book 17-Nov-2014
The day-to-day experiences and thoughts of a hardware retailer have now been immortalised in a new book of memoirs.

Tesco closes kitchens and bathrooms business 13-Nov-2014
Grocer takes decision to close dedicated kitchen and bathroom business over concerns about provider Mark Two Distributors

DIY Week Awards deadline tomorrow: Don't miss out 13-Nov-2014
It is the last chance for retailers to get their entries in for the 2015 DIY Week Awards, with entry forms required by close of play Friday, November 14 or first thing Monday morning to be in with a chance to take home Gold at the glittering awards event in February.

Aldi to spend £84m over the next year on new-build stores 12-Nov-2014
Figures released today reveal that the rapidly-growing discount retailer is investing more than £109m in total over the next 12 months, constructing 33 new-build stores and a distribution centre.

Homebase introduces next generation of gardeners 12-Nov-2014
Over 1,300 young people applied but just 19 have been picked for a new place on the Homebase Garden Academy training programme.

DIY on a roll as indie Q3 sales inch up 11-Nov-2014
Small shops found marginally more in their tills during the third quarter of this year than they did in the same three-month period last year.

Yankee Candle looks sheepish for charity 11-Nov-2014
Bristol-based Yankee Candle has confirmed its continued support for the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children charity, Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal.

£1m full-year loss for William Sinclair 11-Nov-2014
William Sinclair will report a small loss in its latest financial year, the growing media supplier said today in a trading update.

Almost 8,000 shops now 'have no retail use' 10-Nov-2014
Britain's shop vacancy rate in October remained at its lowest level since June 2010, but one in three empty shops have now been unoccupied for over three years.

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Latest product news

Punk is on the case for accessories 12-Nov-2014
Punk, the new power tool accessories brand, has launched new cases which it says provide the ultimate protection for its products.

Toolstream app now available for Android phones and tablets 12-Nov-2014
Following the success of the Toolstream app for iOS, the company has now launched the app for Android phones and tablets.

Get Visible Impact with the itower 5-Nov-2014
Visible Impact, a sales development, marketing & communication consultancy, has created a new communication platform developed specifically for garden centres and suppliers to drive customer awareness and sales.

Kelkay's See It Used displays 5-Nov-2014
Garden centre buyers were particularly impressed with Kelkay's new See it Used displays at this year's Glee.

Draper Tote Merchandiser 5-Nov-2014
Draper's Tote Merchandiser trade order form features a great selection of impulse-buy products complete with free tote merchandiser for maximum point-of-sale impact in-store, says the company.

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Latest people news

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.

Yale appoints two new team members 7-Nov-2014
Security specialist Yale has appointed Tom Eling as national sales merchandiser and Gavin Kirk as territory manager for the north east of England and Scotland.

Bosmere grows management team 5-Nov-2014
Bosmere has further strengthened its management team with the promotion of Glynn Davis to the position of national sales manager.

A-Plant growth leads to major recruitment drive 3-Nov-2014
Equipment rental company A-Plant is carrying out a major recruitment drive as a result of continued growth across the company's service centre network and multi-million-pound investment in equipment.

New head of sales for Everbuild 29-Oct-2014
Greg Senior, sales director/head of sales at Everbuild Building Products, will be taking on a new role at the company in the new year.

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