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July 2017

Woodlodge to skydive for charity 28 July 2017

Richard Newton and Abigail Stocker from Woodlodge Products will be taking to the skies to raise money for Greenfingers Charity on September 17. In association with the Army Parachute Association, the dare devil pair will take part in a tandem ...


Akzo Nobel restructures executive committee 25 July 2017

Reporting its half-year results, Akzo has announced a new structure for its executive committee, promoting head of decorative paints Ruud Joosten as chief operating officer.The changes have been made, with a view to driving “operational excellence, ...


Akzo Nobel CEO Ton Büchner steps down with immediate effect 19 July 2017

Akzo Nobel has announced today that chief executive Ton Büchner has stepped down with immediate effect due to health reasons and will be replaced by Thierry Vanlancker. Mr Büchner joined Akzo Nobel in 2012 and has been responsible for significantly ...


Stewarts Abby Garden Centre appoints Robert Meaney as catering manager 17 July 2017

Stewarts Garden Centres has appointed Robert Meaney as catering manager. With decades of experience within catering operations for national companies and more recently with Marwell Wildlife, Mr Meaney has started to meet with regular customers to ...


HTA Board finalises structure review 13 July 2017

Following a review carried out over the past few months, the HTA Board has decided to appoint a chairman to assist it in co-ordinating the activities of the Executives and their teams at Horticulture House.HTA president Adam Wigglesworth said: “The ...


Kidde Safety Europe announces new managing director 13 July 2017

Kidde, which manufactures smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms, has appointed a new managing director, following the retirement of Andy Burnett. UK sales director Freddie Collins succeeds Mr Burnett and was appointed to the role on July 3. He ...


Screwfix Foundation raises funds for local hospice 12 July 2017

St Teresa’s Hospice, based in County Durham, has been awarded £730 of funding from The Screwfix Foundation, a charity which supports projects to fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and facilities for those in need.“We are very grateful to ...


Andrew Livingston to leave Screwfix for CEO role at Howdens 10 July 2017

Howden Joinery Group Plc has announced that Screwfix Direct CEO Andrew Livingston will replace founder and CEO Matthew Ingle when he retires next year after 22 years with the group.Andrew Livingston held the role of commercial and ...


Centurion appoints new head of sales 6 July 2017

Simon Hutchinson joins DIY, garden, housewares and safety products supplier Centurion Europe in the role of head of sales. Mr Hutchinson brings with him a wealth of experience in leading a sales force, with his previous roles including commercial ...


Toolbank employee’s close shave for charity 4 July 2017

Mel Wilcock who works at Toolbank Cwmbran, has just had her head shaved to raise funds on behalf of three charities: TOGS Centre Torfae, Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) and The Little Princess Trust.Mrs Wilcock and her husband Rob (...


Charity gets helping hand from The Screwfix Foundation 4 July 2017

The Bridge (East Midlands), based in Loughborough has been awarded £4,700 in funding from The Screwfix Foundation, a charity which supports projects to fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and facilities for those in need.“We are very ...


Bostik official partner of Tour de France 3 July 2017

Bostik has signed up as an official partner of the Tour de France. The sponsorship agreement upgrades the firm’s previous participation as an official supplier in 2015 and 2016 and will run for the next two years. The event will be used as a ...


GB Plastics honours service landmark 3 July 2017

Retailer and specialist supplier of building products to the trade and DIY sectors, General Building Plastics, is celebrating a service landmark this month.Accounts manager Karen Ward has clocked-up five years’ with the company, the fifth employee ...


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re: B&Q sales dip 2.5%, as showroom sales decline

B&Q bob
Screwfix sales are up because they position new stores close to B&Q stores but then price like for like products cheaper than within BQ ...

re: B&Q kicks off kitchen & bathroom recruitment drive

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re: Graham Bell to head up B&Q as part of Kingfisher reshuffle

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re: Screwfix opens 600th store as business continues to build

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