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Published on 15 - June - 2009
B&Q to offer DIY classes
DIY giant to help customers beat the credit crunch with instruction in home improvement techniques.

Ian Cheshire, chief executive of Kingfisher
Ian Cheshire, chief executive of Kingfisher

B&Q may soon be offering DIY classes to customers who are increasingly doing the work themselves, but lack the requisite skills.

Ian Cheshire, chief executive of B&Q's parent Kingfisher, is keen to make the classes appeal to men who feel they need to hone their skills.

Speaking to The Financial Times, Mr Cheshire said: "DIY is getting a bit cooler again. [People] have got a bit more time and more tight [budget] pressures. Quite a few men don't know how to do these things," said Mr Cheshire. "[Women are] really keen to learn. We have to find a way of presenting it to the men that it is not embarrassing."

The classes, which B&Q hopes to begin running this autumn, build on a revival of interest in home improvement and are likely to be available only in bigger stores.

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8/5/2015 11:12:00 AM
By JOE burke
could you tell me how to get started

10/7/2013 12:33:00 PM
painting and decorating
By charlie
are the courses still running in gillingham??

8/17/2012 6:49:00 PM
Diy courses for ladies
By Hilary Nott
Can you please tell me if your doing ladies coursed in Swansea and when if so; Thanx

5/6/2012 2:57:00 PM
DIY courses for ladies
By Theresa
When is B&Q starting a course in Pipps Hill, Basildon. I would like to attend the course asap

2/4/2012 11:19:00 PM
Nearest courses to bs494lh
By Chris James
The nearest centre for you can do it classes to BS49 4LH is Cribbs causeway. Ask for Helen or stu

2/2/2012 5:25:00 PM

By david hartley
B&Q COURSES [D.I.Y]for the ladies, where is the nearest to BS49 4LH

9/8/2011 2:16:00 PM
Courses for women
By Phoebe
Are there any current courses running in Surrey/Berks/Hants? I'd really love to learn how to use equipment safely and learn basic skills to get started on home decorating and improving.

7/17/2011 4:38:00 PM

By Pat Worsfold
Well it may be alright for some but I have tried Bedfors,Aylesbury,Hitchen and Milton Keynes so am prepared to travel.....but NO classes in Buckinghamshire, Beds or Herts!!

10/6/2010 8:35:00 PM
By Sam
There is 21 available classes aimed at both men and women. They are being held at Trafford park, manchester, stoke on trent, coatbridge, swindon and gillingham.

9/23/2010 7:51:00 PM
diy classes
By .
you can do it centres opening in october, trafford park manchester. book by visiting 21 courses availble from joinery to plumbing, by fully trained staff.

7/15/2010 4:59:00 PM
Ladies Courses
By Elaine Piggott
Please can you advise if you have started the ladies DIY courses and where these are held.

6/30/2009 5:08:00 PM
By iam a hammer
who will be running these courses and are they fully trained in all aspects of the job.

6/28/2009 11:43:00 AM

By Pauline Ferrier
DIY classes brilliant idea and I agree leave the men to it.I will send my hubby, he needs it!!!!

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