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Sunshading is becoming a hot topic as it may help in the battle against carbon emissions. Similarly the Smoking Ban is also fueling sales and interest in awnings. Here's a round up of news from across the globe.

 Make sure your profits don’t go up in smoke. Paula Hawkins goes in search of the investment winners and losers after the smoking ban
 
 Bolton Council fear shelter awning could be used as a weapon. Fears over pub smoking shelter.
 

 London Pride brewer Fuller, Smith & Turner has said it is spending £4m to cater for customers forced out of its pubs by England's smoking ban. Beer firm spends £4m on smokers

 

 European Capital announced today that it has invested euro 337 million ($454 million) in the One Stop Buyout(TM) of Hillarys Blinds Limited from Change Capital Partners LLP. European Capital Invests Euro 337 Million in One Stop Buyout(TM) of Hillarys Blinds

 
 With Pub groups facing a fine of £2,500 for each cigarette smoked inside, they are purchasing awnings and patio heaters to provide outdoor areas so that smokers can have a cigarette. 'Crave to quit' industry takes off as the smoking ban looms
 
 Hillarys, the supplier and fitters of blinds, is expected to be sold to private equity firm European Capital for around £220m.
 
 BBC staff make light of blinds safety decree
 
 Former Marks & Spencer chairman Luc Vandevelde is on course to more than double his money when he sells Hillarys Blinds for an expected £225m.
 
 Awnings sales boom as anxious landlords aim to hang on to customers ahead of tobacco ban. Pubs shelters offer haven for smokers left in the cold
 
 Man saved by awning. An American man has survived after falling 17 floors from the window of a hotel in the US city of Minneapolis.
 

 Housebuilders told to adopt Mediterranean styles as climate change bites.
Hot Tips for UK Homes.

 

 How I Made It: Simon Showman, Founder of Ultimate Products
Selling blinds opened my eyes to opportunities in retailing

 

 How I Made It: Peter Wellings, Founder of Custom West Shutters.
Shutters opened door to new venture

 
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