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Security retailer closes its doors

Castle Security Services in Newcastle, Staffordshire closed last week. 
11 October 2007

Stuart to blaze a trail for charity

Stuart Blight garden centre manager at Hillier Hemel Hempstead will be cycling in support of the Macmillan cancer support on Friday, October 12. 
11 October 2007

Suttons seeds owner to sell up

Vilmorin, the owner of Suttons, has announced it is to sell its seeds and garden products division after the results of a strategic review. 
11 October 2007

Argos launches viral online campaign

Argos is promoting its largest ever catalogue with a viral campaign dominated by a giant sweet jar standing over two metres tall. 
9 October 2007

Irwin signs up as sponsor of Britain's Best Tool Retailer

One of the UK’s best known tool manufacturers, Irwin, has signed up as a new sponsor for Britain’s Best Retailer Awards. 
9 October 2007

Focus on tools at London show

The best names in tools will be gathered under one roof next January when they exhibit at Totally Tools and the DIY & Garden trade shows. 
8 October 2007

Swiss bathroom and kitchen business buys Aqualux

The UK’s leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of bath screens and shower enclosures, Aqualux, has announced its acquisition by Swiss Group AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holdings AG. 
8 October 2007

Wyevale opens up the barn doors

Wyevale has bought its third garden centre in a matter of weeks with the acquisition of Old Barn Nurseries in Horsham, Surrey. 
8 October 2007

Amefa buys Richardson Sheffield

Richardson (Sheffield) has been purchased by Amefa UK, from the administrators, Ernst & Young for an undisclosed sum. 
8 October 2007

B&Q takes interior design online with 'room designer' service

B&Q today unveiled its newly enhanced website,, with extended product ranges and intelligent new features. 
8 October 2007

Owners of Downtown Superstore and Garden Centre consider approach

Lincolnshire site could fall into the hands of Conduit Skegness Limited. 
4 October 2007

Tesco Direct helps non-food sales remain 'robust'

Despite the poor summer weather and cautious consumers Tesco says its non-food sales remained robust and again grew significantly faster than its core business – helped by a successful first full season for Tesco Direct. 
3 October 2007

Rapid discussing plans to offer a porter service

Liverpool home improvement retailer wants to help shoppers unable to park near new premises planned for 2011. 
3 October 2007

GCA names its garden centres of excellence

Annual audit of members reveals standards are as high as ever with 15 garden centres scoring over 84%. 
3 October 2007

Brands re-book for Glee 2008

Big name garden industry suppliers such as The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Gardman, Finnforest, Town & Country, and Westland Horticulture have re-booked for Glee 2008. 
3 October 2007

Obituary: Henry Rizzo

Prestons Cash & Carry in Manchester is very sad to announce the death of one of its employees. 
2 October 2007

Stax is on the move

Over £11m to be invested in new Manchester site 
2 October 2007

Stone Cross Nurseries to relocate garden centre

Sussex retailer moves back to original site. 
1 October 2007

Forest Garden closes Scottish assembly plant

Forest Garden says it has moved to address the sawn timber supply issues experienced by the fencing industry by closing its assembly operations at Lockerbie. 
1 October 2007

Another mild winter forecast by the Met Office

This winter is forecast to be warmer and perhaps drier than average, according to predictions by the UK's national weather service. 
28 September 2007

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