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August 2017

Farplants appoints trade marketing manager 29 August 2017

To build upon the success of their recently released new concept ranges, The Farplants Group has created a new position, with Emma Glue joining as trade marketing manager.“I am pleased to welcome Emma to our expanding team and to add her experience ...


Advance Brighter Futures receives generous donation from Screwfix Foundation 28 August 2017

Wrexham-based Advance Brighter Futures has been awarded £5,000 worth 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 ...


ERA expands Smartware team 25 August 2017

ERA has expanded its team with the appointment of Kevin Spencer as Smartware product manager.With expertise in intruder alarms and a wealth of experience in product innovation and market analysis, Mr Spencer has worked in the security industry for ...


Gardman appoints group sales director 25 August 2017

Gardman has appointed Mark Portman as group sales director to take responsibility for all sales across independent, national and International customers. He joins from Henkel where he was general manager for the UK responsible for sales and ...


Decco appoints Debbie Paterson 22 August 2017

Decco has appointed respected hardware, DIY and garden operator Debbie Paterson as its new area sales manager in Scotland, looking after its many home and garden customers in Fife, Angus and the West of Scotland.Based in Decco’s Perth depot Stuart ...


Bromborough Paints director gives his all for charity 17 August 2017

Finance director Giuseppe Alfonso took on a host of gruelling competitive sporting challenges and fundraising activities this year in aid of a number of worthy charities, spurred on further by causes close to his heart. Mr Alfonso decided that 2017 ...


Obituary: Vivienne Abbott 17 August 2017

DIY industry pays tribute to former Hardware Retailer of the Year winner and BIRA vice-president Vivienne Abbott, who passed away peacefully on Friday, August 4, aged 63 after a “short but brave battle with cancer”. Mrs Abbott, who ran Abbotts ...


Simon Fraser appointed to HTA Board 15 August 2017

Simon Fraser has been appointed to the HTA board. With a Diploma in Horticulture and an HND in Commercial Horticulture, Simon has worked for nurseries and garden centres in Aberdeen, Lincolnshire, Kent and New Zealand. This was followed by a six-...


Keyline employee celebrates 20 years 14 August 2017

Hull branch manager Robert Simpson, who joined the civils and drainage supplier in 1997, was presented with the company’s long service pin and certificate. Mr Simpson, who was promoted to his current position in 2015, will also receive vouchers for ...


Steve Warrington leaves B&Q for senior digital role 14 August 2017

The B&Q marketer has joined digital agency Jellyfish as digital strategy director, leaving his role as head of performance media and optimisation at the DIY chain. Steve Warrington makes the move to Jellyfish after more than four years at B&Q,...


Wienerberger names new MD 14 August 2017

Keith Barker has been appointed as managing director of building material provider Wienerberger following a wider European management reorganisation, which will see current MD, Harald Schwarzmayr take the position of COO of Pipelife North & ...


Bostik signs sponsorship deal with Isthmian Football League 9 August 2017

The Isthmian Football League has been re-branded The Bostik League in a two-year deal.Bostik has a long-standing relationship with grassroots football including its on-going sponsorship of The Northern Premier League and Southern Football League ...


Earlswood team drive for charities in Pavestone Rally 8 August 2017

Four members of staff at Solihull-based Earlswood Garden & Landscape Centre are taking part in this year’s Pavestone Rally where they will drive through 10 countries in just four days (September 7-10) in aid of Rainy Day Trust & Teenage ...


John Connett completes charity bike ride 4 August 2017

Faithfull Tools national account mananger John Connett completed a 100km bike ride to raise funds for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.Mr Connett completed the Liverpool Nightrider charity bike ride in just under six hours round a very wet, windy ...


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