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B&Q trials use of avatars for customer DIY queries 30-Aug-2016
B&Q is reportedly trialing the use of avatars, controlled in real time by in-customer assistants, to answer customer queries.

BHS shuts up shop for good 30-Aug-2016
After 88 years on high streets all over the UK, the last BHS store closed for good over the bank holiday weekend.

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%.

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."

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Latest product news in Hoses

Stewart bags exclusive distribution of Harcostar range 5-Jan-2012
Stewart has sealed an exciting deal with Straight plc to become the exclusive UK Garden Centre distributor for Harcostar's extensive range of water butts and accessories.

Heavy-duty, hi-vis hose 6-May-2011
Hozelock has launched a fluorescent, heavy-duty hose and cart range specifically designed to reduce trip hazards on building sites.

New look for Hozelock 24-Aug-2010
Hozelock has unveiled a new look, including a 'sun-drenched' corporate identity and the tagline Gardening for Life.

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