1969 - B&Q was founded by Richard Block and David Quayle and the first store opened in Portswood, Southampton.
1995 - First 'true' B&Q Warehouse opened in Aberdeen.
2001 - www.diy.com, B&Q's transactional website launched. Largest B&Q store worldwide opened in Shanghai, China, on the traditionally lucky date for the Chinese - the eighth day of the eighth month. The Yangpu store was B&Q's third store in Shanghai and fourth in China.
2004 - B&Q announced a four-year partnership (until 31 December 2008) with the British Olympic Association to sponsor Team GB to the Turin Winter and Beijing Summer Olympic Games.
2005 - B&Q sponsored Ellen MacArthur to become the fastest solo sailor non-stop around the world.
2009 - B&Q begins one year sponsorship of 4homes, Channel 4's property strand including established programmes Grand Designs, Property Ladder, Location Location Location and Relocation Relocation. B&Q opened its most eco store in New Malden, London.