Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

October 2017

Asda's boss Sean Clarke steps down after 18 months 30 October 2017

Asda's current president and chief executive, Sean Clarke, will leave his post at the end of the year after just 18 months in the job.He will be replaced by current deputy chief executive Roger Burnley, who joined Asda a year ago from rival ...


Paul Hilliam appointed Christchurch Stewarts Garden Centres manager 26 October 2017

After a retail career that has taken Paul Hilliam across the UK after starting with the Great Mills chain and various locations with the Dobbies Garden Centre Group, Dorset born Paul has returned to his hometown having been appointed Centre Manager ...


Smart Garden Products appoints new trade marketing manager 23 October 2017

Smart Garden Products announces that Caroline Holford joined the company this month from Dexam International. Ms Holford, who took up the role of trade marketing manager on October 9, brings a wealth of trade marketing experience with her. Prior to ...


Steve Guy makes move back to Kingfisher 19 October 2017

Former B&Q horticulture buyer, who left to take up a role at Dobbies, has made a return to Kingfisher this month. Kingfisher, today, confirmed that Steve Guy had joined the company as head of sales for outdoor categories.Mr Guy spent 13 years at ...


Akzo announce changes to supervisory board 18 October 2017

Akzo Nobel announces today the nomination of a new Supervisory Board member; Mr. Michiel Jaski, following an extensive search process.This follows the nomination of Mrs. Sue Clark and Mr. Patrick Thomas for appointment to the Supervisory Board as ...


Ridgeons employee raises £800 for EACH 18 October 2017

An employee from the Ridgeons branch in Halesworth has raised £800 for East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) by cycling more than 75 miles in one day.Roger Cox began the charity’s Ride for Life challenge in Snetterton at 6:30am on Monday 2nd ...


BAM Construct UK employees raise £19,000 for charity in a month 18 October 2017

Employees at BAM Construct UK stepped, cycled, kicked, bounced and ran their way through Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September and raised £19,000 for children and young people’s cancer support charity CLIC Sargent. Hundreds of workers ...


Carol Paris joins Briers as non-executive director 16 October 2017

Briers CEO Jackie Eades has today announced that Carol Paris will be joining the board as a non-executive director.Ms Paris was previously chief executive at the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) before stepping down from the role due to family ...


Home Hardware appoints new regional business development manager 16 October 2017

Home Hardware Southwest has announced the appointment of Ian Lloyd, who recently joined the business as business development manager for the East of England region covering Essex, Kent, Norfolk and Suffolk.His appointment follows that of Adam ...


GCA Trust’s delegates report back from the IGCA Congress 16 October 2017

Two young delegates sponsored by the Garden Centre Association (GCA) Trust to attend the 58th International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) Congress near Niagara Falls in Canada have been sharing their experiences. This year’s IGCA was attended by ...


TIMco expands in customer facing teams 10 October 2017

TIMco, one of the UK’s largest independent wholesale suppliers of screws, fixings and power tools accessories, has extended their customer facing teams by welcoming five new employees including a new position for an existing member of staff; The new ...


Boyd Douglas-Davies awarded pearson memorial medal 6 October 2017

Boyd Douglas-Davies, CEO of Hillview Garden Centres, was awarded the HTA Pearson Memorial Medal at the HTA Garden Futures dinner, which took place at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire on 4 October.This award, in memory of the HTA’s first general ...


New team gears for growth at STV 5 October 2017

STV marks the start of its 25th year of business with the expansion of its commercial team and appointment of new senior managers with a plan for growth.In spite of tough trading conditions, STV grew by nearly 20% in 2017, and the company expects ...


Bunnings donate planter and flowers to St Albans pre-school 2 October 2017

On Monday, September 24, Trinity Community Pre-school kids planted flowers and herbs in a planter donated by the Griffiths Way Bunnings store.Manager Joanne Ager said: “We are lucky to have a generous astro-turfed garden in which the children can ...


Wilko staff in Swindon donate products to homeless charity 2 October 2017

STAFF at Wilko have handed £250 worth of products to a charity that helps homeless people. Following the opening of the new Wilko store at the Greenbridge Retail Park in June, the company decided to present Swindon Night Shelter with £250 worth of ...


Maxtop Quartz appoints UK sales manager 2 October 2017

Kitchen and bathroom worktop specialist, Maxtop Quartz has recruited a UK sales manager to support growth. Andrew Heaney joins the Manchester-headquartered company following an eight-year tenure as a business consultant working across several ...


Screwfix appoints Jim Chadwick as head of trade 2 October 2017

Home Hardware head of buying Jim Chadwick has left the dealer-owned wholesale distributor to join the multi-channel retailer of trade tools, accessories and hardware products Screwfix today in the role of head of trade.Jim has worked for Home ...


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