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Draper and Ardex back DIY school

Draper Tools and Ardex Tiling Adhesives are supporting a DIY school set up 12 months ago by two residential property developers. 
18 June 2008

Karting Challenge raises £3K

The great and the good of the industry gathered together to raise more than £3,000 for charity at the 15th annual Hardware Trades Karting Challenge, organised by Stax Trade Centres joint md David Hibbert. 
18 June 2008

Irwin returns as sponsor of Britain's Best Tool Retailer

Tool supplier proud to support the excellent work of the top retailers in Britain's Best Retail Awards 2008 
16 June 2008

GIMA awards deadline a week away

The deadline for entries into the GIMA awards 2008 is now only seven days away - Friday 20th June is the last day that entries can be accepted. 
13 June 2008

Stanley sells to Bosch

Stanley announced this week that it had agreed to sell its laser levelling and measuring business to Bosch for a consideration of $205m. 
13 June 2008

Sales slide at Homebase continues

Like-for-like performance at home enhancement retailer stands at -12% for quarter; Argos' like-for-like sales flat 
12 June 2008

Bill Hoskins leaves Focus DIY for family reasons

Double-act of Grimsey and Hoskins comes to an end nearly a year after they were brought together for retailer's turnaround. 
9 June 2008

Trading at Home Retail to be driven by Argos

Report on Thursday expected to show Argos remaining strong; Homebase to continue struggling. 
9 June 2008

Everbuild buys Kwikgrip

Products will be be available as the company's DIY/Retail Tape Range; plans to re-vamp and grow the existing Kwikgrip range. 
9 June 2008

Dobbies sets date for AIM delisting

Scottish garden centre chain will be in private hands within a month. 
6 June 2008

William Sinclair consults on closure of Lancashire site

This is a period during which we review the next steps in considerable detail, chief executive says. 
6 June 2008

Squire teams up with JCB for security range

Two of British industry's most famous names, Henry Squire & Sons and JCB, have joined forces to create a new range of heavy-duty security products for diy and trade markets. 
6 June 2008

May upturn heralds 'Bargain Bonanza' says SPSL

It seems it may not all be doom and gloom on the high street as the latest figures from the Retail Traffic Index (RTI) compiled by analysts SPSL show a marked increase in the number of non-food shopping trips made in May. 
5 June 2008

Kingfisher fixes itself with seven-point turnaround programme

Ceo Kingfisher says the seven step plan will reduce its reliance on sales growth in what could be a challenging year. 
5 June 2008

J T Frith in administration

Wholesaler enters administration after battling sales falls; agrees restructuring package, which sees business on a firmer footing, says spokesperson. 
29 May 2008

Topps moves to consolidate brand as market tightens

Tv campaign to promote nation's largest tile retailer. 
28 May 2008

Sir Tom Hunter outlines vision for Wyevale

Chain of shopping malls for the 60-plus baby-boomer generation as Scottish billionaire looks to exploit his £310m investment in garden centres. 
28 May 2008

Tv programmes remain primary source of inspiration

Sir David Attenborough may bemoan home makeover programmes as blatant tv rating chasers, however the British public loves them – and still uses them as a source of inspiration to redecorate their homes. 
27 May 2008

Morphy Richards gains EEAS recognition for energy saving

Assessor praises company for energy management and team work. 
27 May 2008

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