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Rising Popularity of Kitchen Improvements

The UK's largest home finding website Rightmove has conducted research which discovered that 33% of all spending on home improvements in the last year was spent on the kitchen. It is thought that the popularity of having friends over to eat at home rather than going out has fuelled the change in spending habits.

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Road Name Changes by Popular Demand

Councils across the country have reported cases of residents changing the names of their streets because they don't like them.

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Robert Dyas in Talks

Robert Dyas in Talks

It has emerged that key shareholders of the homewares store Robert Dyas are in talks to decide the fate of the store. It is being considered if the sale of the store would be in its best interests. However it has been confirmed that no sale would take place until next year.

Main shareholders Lloyds and Allied Irish have had discussions with corporate advisory firms including Cavendish Corporate Finance Ltd to see what would be a viable sale process. It is being questioned if a change of ownership would help to build growth. It is thought that this would lead to increased investment and an expansion of the management team.

Geoff Brady, the current chairman of Robert Dyas has commented that the company has performed well over the last year and that sales are up 3% on the previous year. He points out that the brief given to the advisory team is simply to help decide which partner would be best for the company to support further growth.

Robert Dyas currently has 100 stores throughout the south of the UK and had a turnover of £104 million last year. They sell homewares, gardening items and general DIY products.

Rock Bottom Rents For Farmhouses

DIY enthusiasts from around the world are applying to become tenants in disused farmhouses in New South Wales, Australia at a mere $1 a week. Six farmhouses in the outback town of Trundle have come up for rent and it is hoped that encouraging people from around the world to live in them would help to boost the economy and the population of the area.

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Rogue Builders Roofing Con

An old age pensioner from Leatherhead in Surrey has been conned out of £176,000 in just nine months by rogue builders who called themselves Mr Mathews and Mr Sparrow.

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Rogue Landlords Under the Spotlight

Tenants are being warned this week that they may become victims of rogue landlords, after Shelter discovered that up to one million people have fallen victims to scams in the last three years.Shelter spoke to 2,234 people as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the danger of rogue landlords.

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Rogue Traders on the Increase

The Office of Fair trading (OFT) is warning people that the warm weather is likely to cause an increase in the numbers of rogue traders roaming our streets. Last year Consumer Direct reported receiving more than 5300 complaints about this type of door step trader, which was a 16% increase on the previous year. Complaints peaked during June and July, with 28% coming from bogus roofers and 23% offering tarmacing services.

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Rogue Traders Unprecedented

Insurance and banking provider Santander has revealed research which shows that people in the UK are falling prey to rogue traders on an unprecedented scale. They discovered that one in five householders had been a victim of a rogue trader or dodgy builder.

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RoSPA Advice for DIY Enthusiasts

With yet another long weekend due in the coming week, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has issued a warning to all DIY enthusiasts and gardeners to take care if they have any work planned during their days off.

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RoSPA Advice for DIY TV Fixings

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is warning people to be careful with flat screen TV's after a spate of accidents in the United States. The organisation is urging people who buy one of these televisions in the run up to Christmas to be very careful how they attach it to walls and to ensure it cannot be pulled over by children.

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Rusty Building Is One Of The Best

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat have named a rusty Leeds building as one of the 4 best to be built during 2010. The building is less than 70m tall and is made of deliberately rusty steel.

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Save Money and Keep Warm this Winter

Home-owners are being encouraged to lay their own insulation in their lofts in a bid to save money this winter.

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