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Businesses most prepared for climate change will thrive

Met Office chairman Robert Napier will address the influential CBI annual conference on Tuesday November 27 outlining where and how businesses can thrive in a changing climate. 
26 November 2007

GCA relocates to Oxfordshire

The move is good for the association, and good for the environment, says chairman. 
23 November 2007

Lifestyle focus a new fashion in diy market

Paint, tile and wallcoverings categories lead home improvement renaissance, new GfK survey finds. 
23 November 2007

Argos consolidates position in furniture market

After gaining furniture market leadership in 2006, Argos has consolidated its position as the UK’s number one furniture retailer. 
23 November 2007

The Focus is on charity

Diy chain raises more than £95,000 for worthwhile cause. 
21 November 2007

GCA creates new buying group with AIS

Independent garden centres to reap the benefits of collaboration. 
21 November 2007

DIY & Garden Show launches 'Show Super Deals'

No-holds barred area for exhibitors to display once-only offers. 
20 November 2007

HDRA names Sigma Kalon as best supplier

Paint manufacturer receives top honours for professionalism, reputation, and quality of products. 
19 November 2007

Strong interim results for Norcros

Revenues and profits rise for owner of Triton showers and H&R Johnson tiles and adhesives. 
17 November 2007

Ceo role for David French at BHETA

Current president takes position vacated by former ceo, Allen Johnson. 
16 November 2007

New owners for Avocet Hardware after management buy-out

British team buy Yorkshire-based door and window business from US parent. 
16 November 2007

Arthouse directors finalise management buy-out

Former marketing director takes charge at Lancashire-based wallcoverings business following mbo 
16 November 2007

Travis Perkins acquires Tile Giant

Merchant group spends £12m to extend distribution base. 
15 November 2007

Parcelsafe md is Highly Commended at Awards

Eddie Riby triumphant at the Enterprising Young Brits 2007 awards in London. 
15 November 2007

Diy stores head shrinkage charts

Study finds diy and building materials' stores stated the highest levels of shrinkage in 2007. 
15 November 2007

Brian Walden dies aged 69

Brian Walden, managing director of B W Manufacturing (Plastics) Ltd of Grimsby, has died following a two-year illness at the age of 69. 
14 November 2007

London Councils vote to rid capital of plastic shopping bags

More than 90% support action to ban the distribution of the 'environmental blight' of throw-away' carriers. 
14 November 2007

Parcel Safe md reaches final of the Daily Mail Enterprising Young Brits 2007 Awards

Launch of Parcel Safe at the DIY & Garden Show was ‘a big helping hand’, says Eddie Riby. 
12 November 2007

B&Q named responsible retailer of the year

After beating off competition from the likes of one of the UK's favourite retailers, B&Q is celebrating being named as responsible retailer of the year at the Scottish Retail Excellence Awards. 
9 November 2007

Shoots and Isaac Lord double award winners

Shoots (UK) and Isaac Lord were double gold winners at last night’s Britain’s Best Retailer Awards 2007 in Manchester. 
8 November 2007
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