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Renewable Energy Benefits All

An energy analyst from Confused.com has said that switching to renewable sources of energy could benefit everyone.

Lisa Greenfield has commented that the various grants available to home owners are there to benefit all consumers, although despite the grants available, the bulk of the money required for these types of energy will come from the consumer.

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Home Mortgages Up But Outlook Sluggish

Mortgage advisor John Charcoal, has claimed that the latest plans put forward by the Financial Services Authority to ban fast-track mortgages are illogical. He points out that the banks have already adjusted their lending criteria to a point where they are more stringent than the FSA asks them to be.

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Barbeque Sales Boost

The great weather experienced by most of the country throughout June has led to an increase in DIY retail sales according to latest reports from the British Retail Consortium.

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Garden Gnomes and Crazy Paving Uncool

The UK's leading woodcare manufacturer Ronseal, have released figures which show that 85% of UK gardens are somewhat “uncool” with garden gnomes, crazy paving and water features. A further 42% spend less than £100 a year on their gardens, compared to the £982 they spend on the inside of their homes.

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End of the Line for Oldest Ironmongers

The UK's oldest ironmonger is finally giving in to the large retail DIY stores and is closing his shop in Oxford. Vince Hunt, the owner of Gill and Co has said that the store will close and all stock will move to another store in Chipping Norton.

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Callous Cowboys Jailed

Two cowboy builders have been jailed at Maidstone Crown Court after they swindled vulnerable people out of more than £1m. Moses Mead and Christopher Latty from Kent were given a total of 7 years for fraud and false representation. Two others involved received shorter sentences, while others are still on the run.

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Self Building New Church to Save £1m

Church-goers in Newmarket have this week begun one of the largest self-build DIY projects in the UK. The oak-framed building will be the largest in living memory in the UK and will be known as The Ark. Members of the High Street Church in Isleham are building the church themselves and are saving £1m by doing so.

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DIY House From Tesco

Supermarket giant Tesco has entered the DIY market in a big way with a build-your-own house. The five room, plus storage area wooden structure can be purchased for £9,999 which will give customers a handy 19,998 clubcard points, worth almost £200. A mere £5 delivery charge will have it delivered to the door. It is not available in-store however.

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UK’s Largest Plumbing Company

Travis Perkins is set to become the country's largest plumbing company after the takeover of BSS has been agreed at £557.6m. Chairman of Travis Perkins, Robert Walker has commented that the economies of scale achieved will offer cost savings and more operation efficiencies.

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Largest Plot of Land Since Records Began

People who are looking for the ultimate plot of land to build their dream home might want to look at a piece of land in Wales which is currently up for sale. The land which measures one billion square feet has its own reservoir, woodlands and wildlife. It is also the largest piece of land to come up for sale in England or Wales since records began.

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Advice on Asbestos from BLF

The British Lung Foundation have released the results of a survey which shows that 45% of home-owners have no idea that asbestos was used as a building material. This is despite the material being used throughout the 20th century in floor tiles, ceiling coatings and as the liner of boiler cupboards.

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DIY Chain Win Gold Award

DIY chain, B&Q have won the Gold Award from Human Resources Magazine. The award recognises employee engagement and learning and development. The fact that B&Q has made an appraisal of their progress via a “transforming B&Q” strategy and has managed to do so with clarity has meant they have picked up this award.

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