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Wyevale offers plant pot recycling facility

Wyevale Garden Centres has announced ‘Plan Apple’ – its first action in the company’s programme to address the key environmental issues facing the garden industry. 
18 March 2008

Dobbies lodges plans for £10m centre in Carlisle

Orton Grange site forms part of expansion plans for 2008. 
18 March 2008

Think Tank predicts poor Easter numbers

Shoppers could be down 5.2% on Easter 2007, it warns. 
18 March 2008

William Sinclair sees opportunities ahead

Group says growth is well into its second phase. 
18 March 2008

Homebase adds Eco paint range

Retailer continues to build up Eco Home. 
18 March 2008

Former Bryon chief executive looking forward to retirement

'I have three lovely grandchildren, a very close family, and a wonderful husband who is also retired plus a house in France. What more could anyone want?' 
17 March 2008

Month of change for Sterling Locks

March heralds change of name, livery, and introduction of new products. 
17 March 2008

Castle Gardens’ team opens the doors within 48 hours of fire

Prompt actions and support of trade helps centre. 
17 March 2008

Focus advertising account up for grabs

Chain invites eight agencies to pitch. 
17 March 2008

Plumbworld founder launches power tool website

Plumbworld expects to make a 'serious assault' on the online market with www.toolbox.co.uk 
15 March 2008

Tough year for Flying Brands

Challenges ahead, but exciting plans for 2008 says chairman. 
15 March 2008

B&Q fined £20,000 for hot tub breach

The diy retailer pleads guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act. 
14 March 2008

Email marketing approach from B&Q

'Root and branch' review to help build strong relationships with customers. 
14 March 2008

DIY & Home Enhancement Suppliers Charity Shoot - June 5

Leading retailers including B&Q, B&Q Trade, Screwfix, Focus, Stax, Trago Mills, Wickes, confirm attendence. 
14 March 2008

Homebase sales on the slide

Homebase continues to be the problem child in the Home Retail family, with a like-for-like sales decline of 5.3% for the eight weeks to March 1. 
13 March 2008

DIY & Garden Show/Totally Tools announces prize winner

David Bunce, md of Bunces Home Hardware wins two return flights to Las Vegas. 
13 March 2008

Decco announces launch of 2008 catalogue

New 2008 catalogue now available! 
13 March 2008

Green is the colour of Darling's first budget

Chancellor announces measures to tackle climate change. 
12 March 2008

Marshalls invests in Display Centres for future growth

The group is keen on unlocking the potential of the landscape market. 
10 March 2008

Rentokil facing demotion from FTSE

Rentokil Initial is facing the prospect of being removed from London's FTSE 100 Index. 
10 March 2008
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