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Austens HH celebrates re-launch and five year anniversary 5-May-2016
Billingshurst-based Austens Home Hardware recently celebrated its fifth anniversary with a huge refit throughout the store.

Howarth Timber acquires Maltings Timber Merchants 5-May-2016
Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has strengthened its presence in Doncaster with the acquisition of Maltings Timber Merchants.

Greenfingers Chelsea garden relocation nears completion 5-May-2016
Greenfingers, the charity dedicated to creating gardens for children in hospices, is close to completing the relocation of the Royal Bank of Canada 2015 Chelsea Flower Show garden to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight.

Bunnings heads up next BHETA forum 4-May-2016
Bunnings CEO John Gillam and CFO for nine years Michael Wedgwood are to deliver a frank and open fifty minute recorded interview with BHETA members at BHETA's next forum event on Thursday, May 19.

Disgruntled Homebase worker: "We're paid less than B&Q" 3-May-2016
A dissatisfied Homebase employee has approached DIYWeek.net with allegations of unfairness against the retailer.
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The Range owner considering selling shares 3-May-2016
According to reports, the rags-to-riches owner of The Range is considering selling shares of his discount store chain in a deal which is estimated to earn him £1bn.

Independents return to growth but confidence is knocked 29-Apr-2016
New figures released by the British Independent Retail Association (bira) shows trading growth returned to just the right side of zero in the January to March period compared to the same months in 2015.

Indies undecided on Brexit/Bremain vote 28-Apr-2016
More than a quarter of independent retailers haven't yet made up their minds whether to vote to Brexit or to Bremain, according to a new survey among the 6,000 members of the British Independent Retailers Association (bira).

HRG suffers £852m charge following Argos sale 28-Apr-2016
Home Retail Group has reported full year pre-tax losses of £804m following a £852m exceptional goodwill impairment charge in connection with Sainsbury's purchase of Argos.

Bents smashes fundraising target with £25k total 28-Apr-2016
Bents Garden and Home has smashed its own fundraising target by more than £10,000 for its 2015 charity of the year, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, which recently received a £25,907 cheque from the retailer.

Former BHS boss in talks to buy back retailer 28-Apr-2016
Dominic Chappell, the former owner of BHS, is reportedly in talks with administrators Duff & Phelps to buy back the beleaguered retailer.

DIY disasters will hit two million families this weekend 27-Apr-2016
Two million households will experience a DIY disaster this Bank Holiday weekend, as people dust off their to-do lists and get set to spend an average of five and a half hours each on DIY, according to new research from Privilege Insurance.

A marathon success for Tembe DIY and Children with Cancer 27-Apr-2016
Tembe DIY and Building Products managing director Guy Malam completed the Virgin Money London Marathon for the first time alongside fiancee Victoria Nicholson, raising £4000 for Children with Cancer.

Food hall and farm shop sales dominate for GCA centres 27-Apr-2016
Sales in food halls and farm shops out performed traditional and non-traditional categories at Garden Centre Association (GCA) member garden centres during March.

Lucrative month ahead for home and garden brands 27-Apr-2016
According to research released by eBay Advertising, this weekend marks the start of a potentially lucrative month for home and garden brands as consumers take advantage of May's warmer weather and double Bank Holidays to move and improve their homes.

Keynote speakers from Kingfisher, Google and eBay at Summit 27-Apr-2016
The fourth Global DIY Summit, to be held in Stockholm on June 8 - 9, will feature keynote speakers from Kingfisher, Google and eBay.

Squire's plant seeds from outer space 25-Apr-2016
Staff from Squire's garden centre in Crawley have been helping local schoolchildren grow plants from seeds that have been in outer space.

UPDATE: BHS goes into administration 25-Apr-2016
British Home Stores (BHS) has called in administrators Duff & Phelps after plans for a last minute deal to keep the business running fell through.

New premises for bira 22-Apr-2016
The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) has announced that it has purchased 225a Bristol Road, a 4,000 sq. ft. building at the rear of its present premises in Birmingham, enabling the association to expand its operations on that site.

Poor performance for retail in March 22-Apr-2016
Bad weather and an early Easter has seen sales dip below average when compared to previous years, according to the March 2016 Retail Sales statistics, released yesterday.


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