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Kingfisher appoints Ian Cheshire as group chief executive

B&Q ceo replaces outgoing Gerry Murphy with effect from January 28, 2008. 
25 January 2008

BHETA links up with Interbuild

Interbuild is offering a discount to British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) members who want to exhibit at its show in October. 
25 January 2008

Plasti-kote emphasises the importance of online presence

An interactive, informative and consumer-focussed virtual shop-front makes a significant difference, claims the paint-spray manufacturer. 
25 January 2008

JML buys two shopping channels from Sky

JML has purchased two television shopping channels from Sky’s electronic programming guide (EPG). 
25 January 2008

Topps secures ad deal with ITV

Campaign to run three times a week after the national news. 
24 January 2008

New management appointments at Toolbank

Toolbank has appointed Phil Corby as its new logistics director. 
23 January 2008

B&Q to stop selling patio heaters

B&Q has followed the lead of Wyevale and announced that it is to stop selling patio heaters at its 325 UK stores. 
23 January 2008

Wickes is diy's number one for customer service

Customers appreciate range depth and customer service initiatives, study finds. 
21 January 2008

Briwax back in control of Bollom family

After a turbulent 12 months, woodcare specialist, Briwax, is back in the hands of the Bollom family. 
21 January 2008

Conference gets new headline sponsor

HousewaresLive.net and Housewares Magazine are very pleased to announce that Gilberts Food Equipment is the latest company to sign up as a sponsor of the brand new Housewares Conference. 
21 January 2008

Sarum pleased with visitor numbers to annual trade show

Visitors impressed with quality of products on offer - and food, says Sarum partner John Mouland. 
21 January 2008

Organiser buoyant despite fall in show numbers

DIY & Garden Show & Totally Tools organiser, Brintex, was bullish today despite announcing a lower attendance to this year’s event compared with 2007. 
18 January 2008

Ceo to quit as Flying Brands issues profit warning

Jersey-based home shopping group, Flying Brands, has issued a profit warning and announced the imminent departure of its chief executive. 
18 January 2008

Duddy joins clamour for cut in interest rates

It feels like like 1995, he tells shareholders. 
18 January 2008

Home Retail predicting full-year profits near expectations

Argos maintains momentum, Homebase continues sluggish performance in the 18 weeks to January 5, 2008. 
17 January 2008

Industry Awards 2008 now open for entries

The Industry Awards is now accepting entries for its 2008 competition from companies and individuals involved in the manufacture of diy, garden, and housewares products. 
17 January 2008

Woolworths predicts return to profit

Struggling high street retailer, Woolworths, has announced that it will return to profitability in the current year. 
17 January 2008

Toolbank strengthens product team

Tool wholesaler, Toolbank, has strengthened its product team with a number of top management changes. 
15 January 2008

DIY Dinner raises £32,000 for Rainy Day Trust

This year’s DIY Dinner, which took place at the Royal Garden Hotel, London, during the DIY & Garden Show and Totally Tools at Earls Court, raised an estimated £32,000 for the Rainy Day Trust, the trade charity of the home improvement industry. 
15 January 2008

Best new products recognised at show

Faithfull, Everbuild, ASP, Blackfriar and Laser Tools headed the winners list in this year’s awards for the best new products on display at the DIY & Garden Show and Totally Tools. 
14 January 2008
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