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December 2018

Obituary: David C. H. Austin OBE VMH 19 December 2018

It is with great sadness that the Austin family announces the passing of David C. H. Austin Snr OBE VMH, rosarian and founder of David Austin Roses Ltd.David Snr died peacefully at his home in Shropshire on Tuesday, December 18, surrounded by his ...


James Barnes appointed HTA chairman 14 December 2018

The former Dobbies chief exec has been appointed chairman of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), with effect from January 2019.James Barnes is a well-known and respected figure across the horticultural industry and brings with him over 23 ...


Farnham employee helps to raise over £1,000 for charity 13 December 2018

An employee from Farnham has joined a group of runners dressed as Santa and helped to raise over £1,000 for The Christie NHS Foundation Trust after taking part in a 5km run.Amanda Till - Rudridge Farnham - Santa in the CityAmanda Till, who is a ...


Covers Bognor Regis to support Pagham Pram Race for third year 10 December 2018

The Bognor Regis branch of Covers Timber and Builders Merchants will be supporting the Pagham Pram Race 2018 as a corporate sponsor for its third consecutive year.Pagham’s traditional Boxing Day pram push – the oldest in the world – spans back more ...


Broad Streeet set to raise £1,000 for charity 7 December 2018

The award-winning Bromsgrove independent DIY shop has boosted fundraising for its nominated charity - Dodford Children’s Holiday Farm – with a summer-long fundraising campaign to collect old, unused currency. Broad Street DIY has already raised more ...


Building Supplies Online appoints first digital marketing apprentice 7 December 2018

Building Supplies Online has announced that Jack Harper has joined as its first digital marketing apprentice. The initiative enables the company to proactively develop and augment the pool of specialist ecommerce skills that are essential to its ...


Stax bolsters sales team with new appointments 3 December 2018

The DIY wholesale supplier has announced details of two major new appointments, which have been made to further strengthen the growing team based at Stax’s Manchester branch.Richard Cartwright and Andy Dilworth have joined the company as area sales ...


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