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New manager for J S Copsey Decco Ipswich

Decco have announced the appointment of Andy Birrell as manager at the Decco Copsey business in Ipswich. 
4 August 2007

Lupus Capital sells Laird Lifestyle Products

Best Value Conservatories Ltd has acquired the business and assets of LLP (formerly known as Laird Lifestyle Products) for an undisclosed sum. 
3 August 2007

OFT clears Tesco's proposed takeover of Dobbies

The Office of Fair Trading has today cleared Tesco's proposed takeover of Dobbies Garden Centres. 
3 August 2007

Monro Brands come of age

Garden sector buyers can add a new name to their contact listings with the introduction of Monro Brands. 
3 August 2007

Friends of the Earth calls for tax breaks for homeowners

Homeowners willing to undertake green diy work to make their properties more energy efficient should be rewarded with tax rebates, says Friends of the Earth. 
3 August 2007

Big Red Book, Worth It, and indoor come up trumps for Woolworths

Tuesday's half year trading update for Woolworths showed the high street retailer benefiting from good performances in the Big Red Book, the Worth It range and 'indoor' products. 
3 August 2007

William Sinclair increases shareholding

William Sinclair Holdings has increased its shareholding in Freeland, a green waste recycling business, from 50% to 87.5%. 
1 August 2007

Business news round-up

Akzo Nobel faces shareholder rebellion; Beale sells up; John Lewis sees yet another storming week 
1 August 2007

Trade initatives and range reviews drive sales rise at Travis Perkins retail

Travis Perkins has reported sales growth of 6.3% for its retail division following investment in new ranges and initiatives to attract trade customers. 
1 August 2007

Plasti-kote outperforms specialist paint market

Plasti-kote, part of the Valspar Corporation, has said a recent £500,000 investment in a consumer advertising campaign has paid huge dividends. 
1 August 2007

Suttons Horticulture appoints administrators

The Norfolk-based supplier of plants to UK supermarkets, Suttons Horticulture, has called in the administrators for it and its subsidiary, PA Moerman. 
30 July 2007

Concerns raised over Flying Brands' future growth

Analyst raises concerns over the Home shopping group Flying Brands, which specialises in gifts, gardening and entertainment products. 
30 July 2007

Weather hits B&Q sales

B&Q saw its sales of outdoor and garden products slump 20% as a result of the terrible weather over the last two months. 
26 July 2007

Focus DIY deal given go-ahead

The European Commission has cleared the way for US hedge fund, Cerberus, to acquire struggling diy chain, Focus. 
25 July 2007

Focus comes to aid of flood victims

In response to the floods that have wreaked havoc across the north of England, Focus DIY is offering 20% discounts to damage victims. 
24 July 2007

Husqvarna, Cuprinol and Westland star at GIMA Awards

Husqvarna, Cuprinol and Westland were the big winners in this year’s GIMA awards, announced at Birmingham on Thursday July 19. 
20 July 2007

Britain’s Best Retailer Awards heads for fifth birthday

Major sponsors have confirmed their support for Britain’s Best Retailer Awards, as the event heads for its fifth birthday in November. 
19 July 2007

Tesco extends offer deadline

As expected, Tesco has extended the deadline for its cash offer to Dobbies Garden Centres shareholders. 
19 July 2007

Shoots acquires second garden centre

West Sussex-based centre expands with purchase of Gardens Etc 
16 July 2007

B&Q sues Chinese supplier

B&Q is to sue a Chinese supplier over allegations of bullying. 
14 July 2007
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