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NWF garden centre sale close to completion

The sale of the group's garden centre operation could go through imminently. 
4 September 2008

Ed Byrne to star at DIY charity gala dinner

Popular TV comedian, panel game and chat show guest, Ed Byrne headlines the entertainment at next year’s DIY gala charity dinner, at the Royal Garden Hotel, in London. 
4 September 2008

Rainy Day Trust increases readership for Annual Review

The Rainy Day Trust Annual Review, which reports on the work undertaken by the charity during the previous year, will see its distribution grow to cover the readers of DIY Week, Housewares and BMJ. 
3 September 2008

Stanley pledges brand investment

Marketing head highlights support and product development as company commits to creating an extensive portfolio. 
3 September 2008

Hodkinson leaves Wyevale Garden Centres

Nicholas Marshall, owner of Country Homes & Gardens, takes on chief executive post to drive next phase of development and expansion. 
2 September 2008

Letter from Andy Vaughan

The BHETA DIY sector director Andy Vaughan expresses his thanks to the industry on his return to work. 
2 September 2008

Fads' owner posts £145,000 loss after tough year

Strategic Retail hit by market downturn; pulls plug on new store openings. 
2 September 2008

Scribble gives it 'sum wellie'

Leisurewear supplier gets involved in world record attempt to launch new wellie range. 
2 September 2008

PJH goes the distance for children's cancer charity

Staff, including three board directors, raise over £6,000 at Manchester run. 
1 September 2008

Clas Ohlson hands advertising brief to Karmarama

Agency famous for Ikea campaign wins account for all advertising, sales promotion and consumer pr. 
1 September 2008

Plenty for visitors at Home Hardware's Autumn show

Over 100 exhibitors plus special offers and stock deals at Exeter-based show. 
1 September 2008

Profits slump at Grafton

Irish merchanting and retailing group hit by slowdown in trading but vows to emerge stronger and more competitive 
29 August 2008

United Housewares Merchants appoints two new members

Independent wholesaler group United Housewares Merchants has two new members, taking the total within the group to 19. 
29 August 2008

Marshalls focuses on growth sectors as profits fall 17%

Specialist landscape products group look at sales opportunities in growth markets, an acceleration in cost reductions and ways to conserve cash to retain financial flexibility 
29 August 2008

Obituary: Alec Mulholland

Alec Mulholland, one of the early pioneers of Toolbank, has passed away. 
28 August 2008

Matalan named and shamed by FPB

Forum of Private Business (FPB) enters Matalan into its 'hall of shame' after the retailer imposes a new charge on suppliers to fund its growth. 
28 August 2008

Woolworths faces months of turmoil

Investment bank heaps pressure on general retailer with a damning verdict on the retail business, its format, and the company's financial stability 
28 August 2008

Industry backs multi-trade show

Leading trade associations and wholesale groups renew their support for Totally Tools, Totally DIY, and Totally Secure. 
28 August 2008

Mica relocates head office

Staff, including three company directors, move into purpose-built offices overlooking recently opened distribution facility 
28 August 2008

Speculation over job cuts at Homebase

Rumours rife that hundreds of employees will be offered redundancy after staff letter leaked to press. 
20 August 2008

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