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  1. January 24, 2010

    Garden Centre Group back down to earth

    Ten years ago, Nicholas Marshall, the founder of Country Gardens, watched in dismay as the Aim-quoted garden centre chain...

  2. May 24, 2009

    Little luxuries console consumers

    The Chelsea Flower Show has uprooted for another year but the outlook for gardening centres remains bright as green-fingered...

  1. July 26, 2008

    Shareholder perks can be too goody to be true

    Shareholder perks are nowhere near as ubiquitous as they once were. But the range of special offers - from free "goody...

  2. July 25, 2008

    Shareholder perks can be too goody to be true

    Shareholder perks are nowhere near as ubiquitous as they once were. But the range of special offers – from free “goody bags”...

  3. May 21, 2008

    Tesco victorious in drawn-out fight for Dobbies

    The protracted battle between Britain’s biggest supermarket and Scotland’s richest man looked to have finally gone the way...

  4. May 21, 2008

    Sir Tom Hunter ends stand-off with Tesco

    The stand-off between Tesco and Sir Tom Hunter over Dobbies, which reached the courts last week, appeared on Wednesday to...

  5. May 16, 2008

    Tesco wins Dobbies court case

    Tesco has emerged victorious in a legal tussle with Scotland's richest man, after Sir Tom Hunter failed in his attempt to...

  6. May 15, 2008

    Tesco wins Dobbies court case

    Tesco has emerged victorious in a legal tussle with Scotland’s richest man, after Sir Tom Hunter failed in his attempt to...

  7. May 13, 2008

    The maverick millionaire

    Sir Tom Hunter does not roll over without a fight but it is something that his corporate nemesis Tesco has been slow to...

  8. May 13, 2008

    West Coast takes Tesco to court over Dobbies

    Sir Tom Hunter's West Coast Capital yesterday asked a judge to order Tesco to buy its stake in Dobbies Garden Centres as...

  9. May 12, 2008

    West Coast takes Tesco to court over Dobbies

    Sir Tom Hunter’s West Coast Capital on Monday asked a judge to order Tesco to buy its stake in Dobbies Garden Centres as the...

  10. May 10, 2008

    Hunter asks court to block Dobbies issue

    Tesco's tussle with Scotland's richest man moves to court in Edinburgh on Monday after Sir Tom Hunter alleged fiduciary...

  11. May 10, 2008

    Dobbies battle paves way for test of investors' rights

    The clash between Sir Tom Hunter and Tesco over the future of Dobbies has made the British garden centre industry the...

  12. May 9, 2008

    Hunter seeks to block Dobbies issue

    Tesco’s tussle with Scotland’s richest man moves to court in Edinburgh after Sir Tom Hunter alleged fiduciary failings at...

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    May 9, 2008

    Snap news

    The latest on Friday, - Tom Hunter tries to block open offer planned by Dobbies Garden Centres. Statement - Conditions...

  14. April 10, 2008

    Canny Sir Tom weighs options

    He is reputedly Scotland’s richest man, but Sir Tom Hunter keeps details of his financial affairs pretty private. That said,...

  15. April 10, 2008

    Time for Sir Tom to uproot

    Pride is a great motivator for gardeners. Nearly a year since the bitter bid battle over Dobbies, it is about all Sir Tom...

  16. April 10, 2008

    Tesco tightens its grip on Dobbies

    It looks like secateurs at dawn. Tesco yesterday appeared to tighten its grip on Dobbies, as the garden centre group it...

  17. April 9, 2008

    HSBC’s boon for borrowers may be a bane for rivals

    HSBC was the bank that brought the subprime crisis home to Britain, with its shock warning in February 2007 that its US...

  18. April 9, 2008

    Tesco tightens its grip on Dobbies

    It looks like secateurs at dawn. Tesco on Wednesday appeared to tighten its grip on Dobbies, as the garden centre group it...

  19. November 9, 2007

    Gnomes at dawn

    "The game is never over until it's over," says Sir Tom Hunter 's camp about the retail and property entrepreneur's latest...

  20. November 8, 2007

    Hunter baits Tesco over Dobbies

    Sir Tom Hunter, the retail and property entrepreneur, has continued buying shares in Dobbies Garden Centres, baiting Tesco,...

  21. November 5, 2007

    Sir Tom is nuts over fairtrade

    Sir Tom Hunter, Scotland’s richest man, has invested in a nuts company that is aiming to ape the success of Cafédirect by...

  22. November 5, 2007

    Sir Tom is nuts over fairtrade

    Sir Tom Hunter, Scotland's richest man, has invested in a nuts company that is aiming to ape the success of CaféDirect by...

  23. October 31, 2007

    Dobbies digs in for growth surge

    Dobbies Garden Centres, the chain that is majority- owned by Tesco, is preparing for a battle in the UK garden market after...

  24. October 22, 2007

    Nike expected to launch £280m bid for Umbro

    Nike, the world’s biggest sportswear company, could this week launch a £280m takeover bid for Umbro, its smaller UK rival....

  25. October 3, 2007

    Tesco chief puts on brave face as Commission findings loom

    Talking Tesco after announcing Tuesday's results, Sir Terry Leahy was uncharacteristically upbeat. In spite of missing...

  26. September 20, 2007

    Who’s who: Movers and shakers across the country

    Sir Bill Gammell Sir Bill Gammell is founder of Cairn Energy, the oil exploration and production company, and became chief...

  27. August 23, 2007

    Wet weather forces Dobbies warning

    Dobbies Garden Centres, subject of an acrimonious takeover battle between Sir Tom Hunter and Tesco, has issued a profits...

  28. August 18, 2007

    Tesco wins battle for Dobbies

    Tesco has seen off Sir Tom Hunter in the battle for Dobbies Garden Centres after the supermarket group gained the support...

  29. August 17, 2007

    Tesco wins battle for Dobbies

    Tesco has seen off Sir Tom Hunter in the battle for Dobbies Garden Centres after the supermarket group gained the support of...

  30. August 16, 2007

    ITIS hit by Trafficmaster win

    Trafficmaster closed flat yesterday despite news that the company landed a three-year contract to install navigation...

  31. August 11, 2007

    In the mood to cultivate consolidation

    They are valued by many for their tranquillity, a piece of nature that can be shaped and enjoyed. Until recently, though,...

  32. August 11, 2007

    The Week

    Banks Banks financing Kohlberg Kravis Roberts' £11bn takeover of Alliance Bootsshelved attempts to sell £1bn of Boots'...

  33. August 10, 2007

    In the mood to cultivate consolidation

    They are valued by many for their tranquillity, a piece of nature that can be shaped and enjoyed. Until recently, though,...

  34. August 10, 2007

    Sir Tom digs in on Dobbies

    Sir Tom Hunter is expected to continue his rearguard action next week in the green-knuckled fight with Sir Terry Leahy’s...

  35. August 10, 2007

    Summer slack

    The garden gnomes acting as advisers to Dobbies, Cahal Dowds and Roger Esler of Deloitte's corporate finance division, are...

  36. August 10, 2007

    Thorn in Tesco's side

    Like greenfly on prize-winning roses, Sir Tom Hunter's enduring presence as a minority investor in Dobbies will irritate...

  37. August 9, 2007

    Sir Tom bitter after Dobbies ‘rolls over’

    Sir Tom Hunter’s garden-centre war with Tesco ended in acrimony on Thursday when the entrepreneur accused the Dobbies board...

  38. August 9, 2007

    BAE proves its readiness for just this sort of war

    The announcement in late June of a US Department of Justice corruption probe into BAE Systems’ arms deals with Saudi Arabia...

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