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Briers joins BHETA 26-Aug-2016
Garden gloves brand Briers is the latest garden supplier to join BHETA.

New garden centre supply chain solution launched 26-Aug-2016
A new consolidated supply chain service, tailored to the needs of garden centres and garden retail suppliers has been launched by a partnership including specialist in product sourcing, development and distribution, Highgrove and BRC-accredited supply chain infrastructure provider, Oakland International.

Leekes undergoes major expansion at Pontyclun store 25-Aug-2016
Welsh home retailer Leekes has created 25 new jobs with the completion of a major expansion at its Pontyclun-based warehouse.

Ikea to open Westfield order and collection point 25-Aug-2016
Next week will see Ikea opening the doors of its new Westfield Stratford city order and collection point.

"Steady sales" reported at Homebase since Wesfarmers acquisition 24-Aug-2016
In its latest financial report, Homebase's new parent group Wesfarmers has reported sales of £512m at the former HRG-owned retailer during the four months of its ownership. On a like-for-like trading basis for the period from completion to the end of June, transactions were up 7.5%.
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Bunnings promises new jobs as it closes Habitat concessions 23-Aug-2016
A Habitat store in Bath, which has been operating from a Homebase warehouse for less than a year, is set to close in early September.

Three-year-old crushed by wall in carpet shop 22-Aug-2016
A three-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital after being crushed by an MDF wall in Frank's The Flooring Store in Darlington on Sunday.

Stax Big Brands show named "biggest ever" 19-Aug-2016
Now in its sixth year, the Big Brands Trade Shows looks set to be the biggest in Stax history, with more than 150 brands already signed up to attend the two shows this September and October.

UK lighting market worth over £2bn 19-Aug-2016
A new report by AMA Research has revealed that the UK lighting market reached more than £2bn in worth last year, an increase of 13% on 2014.

Ex-BHS boss told to get off his yacht and sort BHS crisis 18-Aug-2016
Sir Philip Green has reportedly been "urged to stop swanning about on his yacht" and fly back to the UK to sort out the BHS pension deficit as he told MPs he would.

Kingfisher Q2 sales show no negative impact from Brexit vote 18-Aug-2016
B&Q and Screwfix's parent company Kingfisher has seen total sales rise 8.4% in the three months to July 31, with like-for-likes in Britain and Ireland up 7.2%.
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Stax and West Brom raise money for children's hospital 17-Aug-2016
West Bromwich midfield star Craig Gardner recently visited Midlands trade supplier, Stax Trade Centres, to present a signed shirt on behalf of the club following a charity raffle.

Ruxley Rose finalists announced 16-Aug-2016
The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has announced today (August 15, 2016) the names of the finalist garden centres in its Ruxley Rose competition.

B&M opens 100th garden centre store 15-Aug-2016
Discount retail giant B&M opened its centenary garden centre store this week, taking the opportunity to outline plans for 10 more garden centres in 2016.

DIY Shoot raises £9k for Rainy Day Trust 15-Aug-2016
More than £9,000 was raised for the home improvement industry charity, the Rainy Day Trust, by the 2016 DIY & Home Enhancement Charity Clay Shoot.

Innovative DIY invention stuns on Dragons' Den 15-Aug-2016
Despite a slightly stumbling presentation on popular BBC show Dragons' Den, Martin and Jenny Chard's invention Marxman received offers from all five dragons.

GCA announces area award winners 15-Aug-2016
The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has recently revealed its area award winners during presentations held at member garden centres.

Poor-performing All-in-One Knutsford GC closes down 11-Aug-2016
All-In-One Garden Centre has closed its Knutsford branch due to "unsustainable poor financial performance."

Man gets stuck upside down at garden centre 11-Aug-2016
Firefighters were called out to Wyevale's Windlesham Garden Centre last week when a man fell two metres between two metal shipping containers and became stuck.

Notcutts posts a 20% rise in profits 10-Aug-2016
Family-owned Notcutts Garden Centre group has revealed a 20% rise in operating profits for its latest financial year.

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Latest product news

New finishes from Polyvine 24-Aug-2016
British paint, varnish and wood care manufacturer Polyvine has launched a new professional exterior wood finishes range which is VOC-free, quick-drying and which has the highest oils solids content of any product in the market.

Game changing designs from Eden 24-Aug-2016
The success of Eden Halls Greenhouses' Eden Zero Threshold range in its first season is being followed up with an addition to the range, the Eden Broadway Lean-to, launching this autumn ready for the 2017 season.

New website from Amtech 24-Aug-2016
Amtech is delighted to announce the launch of its new website, with the sole purpose of providing fantastic end consumer support through the digital world.

CK Tools introduces two heavy-duty cable cutters 4-Aug-2016
Understanding the needs of electricians and retailers alike, Carl Kammerling has introduced two new heavy-duty cable cutters to its already popular C.K tools cutters range - the Heavy Duty Cable Shear and the Heavy Duty Ratchet Cable Cutters.

Magical Christmas promotions from Home Hardware 4-Aug-2016
Home Hardware has created a Magical Christmas promotion to take the stress out of shopping for you and your customers.

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Latest people news

Garland/Worth Gardening awards Sales Agent of Year 26-Aug-2016
Joe Lydon, who achieved a 22% sales increase for his area, has been voted the Garland/Worth Gardening Sales Agent of the Year.

Dobbies appoints Andrew Bracey as chairman 25-Aug-2016
Former Ocado chief financial officer has been appointed the new chairman of Dobbies.

New social media and PR coordinator at Barrus 18-Aug-2016
E. P. Barrus is pleased to announce the appointment of Francesca Toman as social media and PR coordinator for the marketing services department.

New sales and marketing director for Varta 18-Aug-2016
Global consumer products company Spectrum Brands, has appointed Paul Clarke to the position of sales and marketing director for the UK batteries and hardware division, which includes VARTA Consumer Batteries and Stanley Padlocks.

Planters centre manager steps down 18-Aug-2016
After 14 very successful years with Planters, centre manager Stuart Gooden is looking to take it slightly easier and moving to the South West.

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