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The History of B&Q

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 - , 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.

One day we were sitting in the company of Allah's Apostle (PBUH) when there appeared...

Umar ibn al-Khattab, a companion of the prophet, said:
"One day we were sitting in the company of Allah's Apostle (peace be upon him) when there appeared before us a man dressed in pure white clothes, his hair extraordinarily black.

There were no signs of travel on him. None amongst us recognized him. At last he sat with the Apostle (peace be upon him).

He knelt before him placed his palms on his thighs and said: Muhammad, inform me about Islam.

What have you learnt?

1. You can't spend too much time with your children.

I have a friend who is now an MP who is a father of five and he said to me when I became a father that the speed with which your children's lives flash in front of you is terrifying. You should spend as much time with them as possible. It's enormous fun and so stimulating.

This morning I went in to my children's school for a carol service. It was the most important thing I could make time for.

2. Always make time every day to read a book that has nothing to do with your work.