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Travis Bid for Plumbing and Heating Firm

Travis Perkins has made a £553m bid for the BSS Group, the largest plumbing and heating supply firm in the UK. The move would see Travis Perkins becoming larger than Wolseley.

Shareholders have said they support the takeover which would add another 5000 staff and 439 branches to Travis Perkins' already significant retail outlets.

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UK home-owners wait around 6 hours a year for tradesmen.

Recent research from TrustMark has shown that the average UK home-owner will wait around 6 hours and 3 minutes for three different tradesmen during one year. This adds up to an incredible 15 days over the course of a lifetime.

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UK's Home Baker Of The Year

The Ideal Home Show is launching a search for the UK's Home Baker of the Year by asking people to send in their best recipe and a picture of the finished item, before anyone eats it!

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VAT Increase – Bad News For Builders

The Vat rise announced in the emergency budget yesterday is expected to be bad news for builders according to the Federation of Master Builders. The increase in VAT to 20% may even mean more business for so-called cowboy builders and cash-in-hand work says Richard Diment, the director general of the FMB.

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VAT Reduction Campaign

Help save “vital” construction skills and encourage home renovations

People across the UK are being urged to help save thousands of jobs and apprenticeships in the construction industry by joining a people-power campaign.

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Volcano Grounds DIY SOS

The cloud of volcanic ash which is literally hanging over the travel industry at the moment isn't just affecting those wanting to get home from their holidays. It has also meant one of our favourite DIY shows may have to wait before it can resume filming.

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Warm Up Before DIY

Research from Apos Therapy has said today that four times as many people injure themselves while gardening, than on the ski slopes. In addition, one in twenty hurt themselves while doing a spot of home improvement, which is more than those hurt while horse riding or rock climbing.Even spring cleaning appears to be a dangerous pursuit as it results in more injuries than snow boarding.

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Watching Our Home Wherever We Are

Research by Screwfix released this month has shown that people in the UK are spending more on home security than ever before. In fact spending levels are up 57% on what they were prior to the recession.

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Tax Incentive for DIY Power Generating

The pre-budget report which is to be delivered today is expected to offer a tax incentive to people who generate their own power with DIY gadgets such as wind turbines and solar panels.

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Telly Sales Lower Than Expected

Shares in Argos have plunged by 8.1% after the sales of televisions failed to hit the heights expected during the World Cup. The chain, which includes Homebase, have said that sales of televisions were down 10% on this time last year when sales were up by 30%.

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Tesco Launch DIY Gardening Equipment For Children

Tesco's have launched a new range of DIY gardening equipment for children. The sets include mini tools, aprons and gloves from as little as £3. Seed kits can also be purchased, complete with instructions on how to grow their own flowers and vegetables.

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Tesco to Sell Solar Panels

Tesco is to start selling solar panels this week in an effort to make the most of new legislation which takes effect on Thursday. The legislation states that the government will pay home-owners for generating electricity using solar panels or wind turbines. The aim is to pay the home-owner back for the price of the technology and claims to save customers up to £950 per year.

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