1969 - B&Q was founded by Richard Block and David Quayle and the first store opened in Portswood, Southampton.
1979 - Company went public; 26 stores in operation.
1980 - B&Q was acquired by FW Woolworth 1982. Takeover of FW Woolworth and B&Q by Paternoster, now Kingfisher plc.
1984 - 155 stores following internal growth and acquisitions.
1990 - Evolutionary development from Depot to Warehouse format began.
1991 - B&Q launched its supplier Environmental Audit.
1995 - First 'true' B&Q Warehouse opened in Aberdeen.
1996 - First B&Q store opened in Taiwan.
1998 - Acquisition of NOMI, Poland's leading DIY retailer. Merger with Castorama, the French number one in DIY.
1999 - Acquisition of Dickens and Screwfix, the UK's largest hardware mail order shopping business.
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.
2002 - B&Q opened its first store in the Republic of Ireland.
2003 - 100th B&Q Warehouse opened in Northern Ireland.
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.
2006 - B&Q launched an energy efficiency campaign to encourage its customers to make improvements around the home to save energy and as a result save money and protect the environment.
2007 - B&Q re-launched its decorative brand 'Colours' with new range of paints, wallpapers, curtains and soft furnishings.
2008 - B&Q signed a three year partnership with BioRegional to move towards becoming a One Planet Living® business in order to reduce its impact on the world's resources. B&Q is awarded chain-of-custody certification for both Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC).
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.