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Tesco launches 'Greener Living' brand

Britain's largest retailer lanches environmentally-friendly brand and website to tap into consumer concerns. 
18 October 2007

Mayor of London names B&Q director as environmental champion

Ken Livingstone has chosen Andrew Morrison, regional director at B&Q as retail champion in a new programme that will celebrate the role Londoners can play in creating a more sustainable city. 
17 October 2007

Evans wins Mica Achiever award

Robert Evans of Nibletts Mica Hardware in Builth Wells has won the Mica Achiever Award for 2007. 
16 October 2007

Opportunity knocks for the garden industry and the internet, says HTA

New research underlines the potential of the internet for garden retailers. 
15 October 2007

Business as usual at Dobbies says Barnes

Dobbies chief executive, James Barnes, has spoken for the first time since the company’s takeover by retail giant, Tesco. 
12 October 2007

New national sales manager at Hamilton Acorn

Norfolk-based paint applicator manufacturer Hamilton Acorn, has announced the appointment of Darrin Heathershaw as national sales manager. 
12 October 2007

BBC Good Homes and BBC Gardeners' World sponsor Britain's Best Marketing

BBC Good Homes and BBC Gardeners’ World have announced they will once again be sponsors of awards organised by DIY Week. 
12 October 2007

Home Retail and Travis Perkins snap up Focus DIY stores

Home Retail and Travis Perkins have bought 34 Focus DIY branches between them. 
11 October 2007

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

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