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Home Hardware stalwart Wesley Bowden dies 30-Oct-2014
Wesley Bowden, proprietor of Bowdens Home Hardware in Helston, Cornwall, passed away suddenly on Wednesday October 22 from a suspected heart attack.

Job losses as Specialist Group outsources logistics to third party firm 30-Oct-2014
Former wholesaler and parent to Builders Brand and Specialist Brands, Specialist Group has confirmed today that changes to the way the company operates could see it almost halve its workforce.

Restructuring programme sees Wilko staff face the axe 29-Oct-2014
Value retailer Wilko is warning that there could be job losses at the company, which has just entered into a period of consultation with staff.

People 'lack confidence to tackle DIY jobs' 29-Oct-2014
Householders who believe they are a dab hand at DIY are in the minority, according to a recent survey by Topps Tiles.

55% of online DIY shoppers compare prices 29-Oct-2014
A little over half of online shoppers compare prices before buying DIY and hardware products, according to new research from shopping and price comparison website giveasyoulive.com.

Business-boosting opportunities at GIMA day conference 29-Oct-2014
The Garden Industry Manufacturers Association's (GIMA) upcoming day conference is designed to arm all attendees - members and non-members alike - with valuable business-boosting advice and inspiration.

Homebase heads up BHETA's November DIY forum 29-Oct-2014
The British Home Enhancement Trade Association's (BHETA) next member forum will feature Homebase commercial director Paul Emslie.

La Hacienda takes on Artevasi pots distributorship 28-Oct-2014
Outdoor living products supplier La Hacienda has added Artevasi pots to its range following a new distribution agreement with the Portuguese manufacturer.

Number of lights in average home doubles in a decade 27-Oct-2014
The number of lights in the home has leapt from just 15 light sources in 2004 to over 30 today as people add more spotlights, wall lights, pendants and lamps to their homes.

FrogTape leaps onto TV screens in makeover show 27-Oct-2014
Shurtape's FrogTape will be given extensive TV exposure this winter, when it features on ITV's prime-time home show, 60 Second Makeover.

Bord na Móna invests in former peat bog visitor centre 27-Oct-2014
Bord na Móna (BNM) UK's parent company has opened a new €1.5m visitor facility in the 3,000 hectare Lough Boora Parklands, Co Offaly.

Blue Diamond takes two Trelawney centres, Wyevale the third 27-Oct-2014
Blue Diamond is buying two of West Country company Trelawney's garden centre businesses, and diyweek.net understands that Wyevale is taking over the third.

Hard landscaping sales paved the way in September 27-Oct-2014
September's continued dry weather saw garden centre customers investing in improving their outdoor spaces, according to the latest figures from the Garden Centre Association (GCA).

Lords of Notting Hill plans St Johns Wood opening 27-Oct-2014
Fast-expanding housewares and home essentials retailer Lords of Notting Hill has revealed that its next store opening will be in London's super-expensive St Johns Wood area.

Grow-your-own boom bears fruit at Homebase 23-Oct-2014
Grow-your-own is back in favour, with fruit trees one of the main beneficiaries, according to Homebase.

Easy new way to promote Garden Re-Leaf Day events 23-Oct-2014
A new website has been launched that will allow garden centres to publicise their Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day events to customers, local and national press and a much wider audience via social media.

Eastbourne hardware shop to re-open six months after fire 23-Oct-2014
An East Sussex hardware shop that suffered a devastating fire earlier this year is now all set to re-open on Saturday.

Deadline extended for DIY Week Awards entries 22-Oct-2014
It's not too late to enter your product or business for the DIY Week Awards 2015 and be in with a chance of taking home Gold.

Big names show support for DIY Week Awards 22-Oct-2014
A host of leading industry names have lined up to sponsor the 2015 DIY Week Awards and help create another winning industry event, which will once again raise funds for DIY Week's charity partner the Rainy Day Trust.

Homebase to close 80 more stores 22-Oct-2014
Homebase will shed 80 more of its stores over the next three years, parent Home Retail Group (HRG) said today as it released its results for the 26 weeks to August 30 2014.
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Latest product news

Sinclair TV ads will back expanded Deadfast weedkiller range 27-Oct-2014
William Sinclair is expanding its broad-spectrum glyphosate-based RTU range with a new 4 litre RTU container of Deadfast Path & Patio Weedkiller to treat up to 240sq m.

Sinclair promises bigger tomatoes with less effort 27-Oct-2014
The new GrowQube from William Sinclair's Growing Success brand offers beginners the promise of more juicy, tasty tomatoes with minimal effort.

Sinclair produces its finest peat-based compost 27-Oct-2014
Heralded as the finest peat-based universal compost ever produced by William Sinclair, its new J Arthur Bower's Masterblend is a crumbly, free-flowing blend of 100% professional grade Scottish peat with 10% John Innes.

Gardman wheat-free dog food is a winner 20-Oct-2014
Gardman says that since launching at Glee, The Ernest Charles Co range of petcare products is already proving a winning proposition.

Scotts Solus Brands cares for our insects 15-Oct-2014
Scotts Solus Brands' new wooden Wildlife range is perfect for helping to look after some of our declining garden creatures.

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Latest people news

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.

JG Speedfit announces competition van winner 29-Oct-2014
Tom Claridge from TD Claridge Plumbing & Heating in Kent is the winner of this year's JG Layflat pipe competition, Every Metre Counts.

Centurion Europe in the pink for breast cancer 28-Oct-2014
Centurion Europe went pink on Friday to help support Breast Cancer Campaign.

Two key marketing appointments at Fiskars 16-Oct-2014
Fiskars UK has announced two key appointments in marketing to strengthen the UK team.

New face on HTA board 13-Oct-2014
Ball Colegrave managing director Sandy Shepherd from joins the HTA Board as a director.

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