SOMERSET: B&Q has awarded transport and logistics provider, Wincanton, the contract to distribute to stores in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

This expands an existing contract to transport horticultural products across Ireland and the UK to its network of 321 stores.

The contract will run for an initial 12 months and will see Wincanton move product to B&Q's nine stores in Northern Ireland, and nine stores in the Republic on separate transport operations.

Rick Jones, director of logistics for B&Q said: "Increasing load fill and reducing emissions by using double deck trailers is one of our key goals, and we know that Wincanton will help us fulfil this."