Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

May 2017

Bradstone appoints new sales director 30 May 2017

Bradstone, the domestic landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has appointed Andrew Singleton to the role of sales director.Mr Singleton has a wealth of experience within the domestic landscaping sector, having worked at Marshalls for the ...


Exclusively Shows announce new director of sales 30 May 2017

Brooke House Exhibitions, the organisers of Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical have announced the appointment of Lindsey Hoyle as director of sales following the news that Patrick Wade will be stepping down from the role at the end of June.


B&Q names new CEO 26 May 2017

Following its Q1 results, Kingfisher confirms it has appointed Christian Mazauric, head of its Brico Depot operations in Romania, to run B&Q in the UK & Ireland.Mr Mazauric will take up the mantle from July 1, replacing Michael Loeve who ...


Bradstone raises £8,000 for local charities 26 May 2017

Garden paving manufacturer Bradstone raised thousands of pounds when it hosted a charity football tournament in aid of #ChallengeDerbyshire.The charity event took place on Sunday, May 7 at the home of Derby County Football Club, Pride Park Stadium. ...


RDT charity CEO walks 186 miles in under 10 days 22 May 2017

Bryan Clover, CEO of industry charity the Rainy Day Trust, recently completed a walk of the entire Pembrokeshire Coastal Path – a distance of 186 miles – in just nine and a half days, ahead of his original target of 10 days.


Bentley directors triumph at London Marathon 22 May 2017

Two of the directors at Charles Bentley & Sons Ltd ran this year's London Marathon in support of the Contact a Family charity, raising an impressive £7,000.


Sarah Golden leaves BIRA 18 May 2017

BIRA marketing, member and publishing director leaves the British Independent Retailers Association after 15 years.BIRA CEO Alan Hawkins said of the news: “It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the board of directors announces Sarah Golden’...


Actavo appoints new manager at flagship midlands branch 18 May 2017

Actavo Hire & Sales Solutions has appointed Nicky Emery as manager of its branch in the Great Barr area of Birmingham.As Birmingham branch manager, Ms Emery will be responsible for leading the Actavo team and positioning the branch as a leading ...


HTA appoints new director 18 May 2017

As part of an ongoing review into the management structure, the HTA board has appointed  Alex Vick as the senior executive director with immediate effect. 


Stax bolsters buying team with two new additions 11 May 2017

Wholesaler and trade supplier, Stax Trade Centres, has added two new members to its purchasing team, further strengthening the department.


New head of marketing for Kelkay 9 May 2017

Kelkay has announced the appointment of Sarah Downing to the senior management team in the newly created role of head of marketing.


Deco-Pak welcomes new company director and sales manager 8 May 2017

The general manager for Deco-Pak Rod Slater has become the new company director, and the decorative aggregate specialist has also welcomed new national sales and key account manager Bruce Atkinson.


New faces at The National DIY Show 4 May 2017

Sales manager Robert Gouge joins the 2018 event’s sales team, working with area sales manager Emily Cox, who is now solely dedicated to the show.


Peter Avis announced as keynote for HTA Catering Conference 3 May 2017

Restaurant manager of Virgin Limited Edition’s Babylon restaurant in London Peter Avis is set to address delegates at the HTA Catering Conference – ‘A Piece of Cake?’ 


New finance director for Squire's 2 May 2017

Squire’s Garden Centres has appointed Mark Wilson as the new finance director.


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