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Charles Notcutt to speak at HTA Conference

The former chairman of Notcutts Nurseries will join the line up of speakers for the key note opening session at the annual event. 
13 August 2007

'Compelling offer' too strong for ICI to reject

Akzo Nobel and ICI have reached agreement over the sale of the British company to the Dutch giant. 
13 August 2007

Bents voted Business of the Year

Glazebury-based garden centre takes home top prize at Warrington Business Awards 
13 August 2007

Atco Qualcast Ltd re-branded as Bosch

Garden machinery manufacturer changes its name to 'Bosch Lawn and Garden' Ltd 
13 August 2007

Dobbies embarks on last ditch attempt to entice shareholders

The board of Dobbies is using a research note from broker Seymour Pierce to push the sale of the garden centre chain in favour of Tesco’s offer. 
10 August 2007

Sir Tom continues his stake building

Sir Tom Hunter has raised his stake holding in Dobbies yet again – a day after he stated he would neither sell his shares nor accept Tesco's offer. 
10 August 2007

Sales managers are 'quids in'

HTA’s annual salary survey offers a broad review of 2007 salaries within the nursery and garden centre sectors. 
10 August 2007

Tesco extends deadline for shareholders

The supermarket giant has extended the deadline to August 19, and has strongly urged Dobbies Shareholders who have not yet accepted its offer to do so 'as soon as possible'. 
9 August 2007

Byron wins B&Q contract

Byron, the electrical accessories specialist, has won a multi-million pound contract to supply B&Q with its ‘Home Easy’ range of home automation products. 
9 August 2007

Former Wickes md joins Focus revolution

Former Wickes managing director, Richard Bird, has joined the new team at Focus DIY. 
9 August 2007

Get your entries in for the Retailer Awards

Entry forms are available for the major retail event in the industry – Britain's Best Retailer Awards 2007. 
9 August 2007

Hunter to stay in the background - in the interests of the shareholders

Sir Tom Hunter has said he is not going to bid for Dobbies, however he is to remain a minority shareholder looking forward to Tesco's plans to grow the business. 
9 August 2007

Takeover Panel could grant Akzo Nobel more time to pursue ICI

It has emerged that the Takeover Panel Executive may extend the date by which Akzo Nobel must announce a firm offer for ICI. 
7 August 2007

Dobbies chief executive sells up

In yet another twist in the long-running Dobbies and Tesco saga, it has emerged that ceo James Barnes has sold his shares in the garden centre. 
7 August 2007

Akzo Nobel gains access to the books of ICI

Paint giant sweetens its offer the British company with a £8 billion indicative bid 
6 August 2007

Tesco raises its stake in Dobbies

Tesco has upped the ante in its bid to gain control of Dobbies by raising its stake in the company as it seeks to win over shareholders. 
6 August 2007

Diy market sees a 'positive' performance in the second quarter

Despite the poor weather of May and June, the second quarter of 2007 has continued to see positive growth in the diy superstore market, the latest research from GfK finds. 
6 August 2007

Kalon 'extremely happy' with PPG offer

Sigma Kalon has expressed its delight at the offer tendered for the company, saying it is 'extremely happy with this exciting opportunity'. 
6 August 2007

Call for green, lightweight and quiet mowers

Wolf-Garten's investment in lawn care market research has lead it to develop a lawnmower range – Hybrid Power – that, the business says, builds on consumers' desire to have green, lightweight and quiet mowers. 
6 August 2007

Big week for...

ICI - Britain's Takeover Panel has given the Dutch conglomerate Akzo Nobel until Thursday August 9 to conclude terms with ICI, while trader talk has left stock markets expecting further news of Tesco's bid, and Sir Tom Hunter's countermoves, for Dobbies
5 August 2007

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