Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

September 2017

Wienerberger inspires children through City of Hull 16,000 bricks donation 29 September 2017

Wienerberger, the UK’s leading provider of building material solutions, has donated 16,000 clay bricks to Hull’s 151 nursery schools as part of a project to get children involved in Hull UK City of Culture 2017. The children have sculpted a ...


TV’s Sarah Beeny is named brand ambassador for Topps Tiles 29 September 2017

Britain’s largest tile specialist, Topps Tiles, has announced that TV’s property queen Sarah Beeny, is the company’s new brand ambassador.Having hosted a variety of successful TV property shows as well as setting up her own property and investment ...


Celebrity announces winners of charity Builders’ Bake Off 25 September 2017

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants welcomed entertainer and singer Dawn Gracie to their Chichester depot last week to judge a charity Builders’ Bake Off.Staff showcased their baking prowess to compete for the title of Best Builders’ Bake Off ...


Tony Dedman retires after 48 years in trade 21 September 2017

After 48 years in the garden trade, Tony Dedman, operations director of Garland Products/Worth Gardening is to retire on 30th September. During the past five years Tony has been involved in the introduction and launch of over 700 new products to the ...


Lechuza grows its team with key appointment 21 September 2017

Ian Riggs brings a wealth of experience within the garden industry to his role as key account manager at Lechuza, the designer of self-watering plant pots.Mr Riggs, who has more than 40 years’ of experience, kick started his arrival with a visit to ...


Forest Garden employees put best welly forward for charity 20 September 2017

Employees at Forest Garden have exchanged their work shoes for welly boots today (September 20) to help raise money for the gardening charity Thrive.To show its continued support for the charity for fifth year running, Forest Garden staff are taking ...


Henkel appoints new GM for UK adhesives business 20 September 2017

Global adhesive and sealant giant Henkel, has appointed Walter Brattinga a general manager of its UK consumer adhesive business, overseeing major brands such as Unibond, Sellotape, Pritt and Loctite.Mr Brattinga, whose position also covers Ireland ...


Akzo announces Maarten De Vries as Chief Financial Officer 19 September 2017

AkzoNobel today announces Maarten de Vries as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), starting January 1, 2018.Maarten has more than 25 years of experience in finance and international business, including 10 years in Asia. Previous roles include CFO and ...


Home Hardware appoints Michael Smith as head of sales 15 September 2017

Home Hardware Southwest Limited has announced that Michael Smith joined them on Monday, September 4 in the new role of head of sales.Mr Smith's role will include overseeing the sales team as well as developing new business.He has over 20 years of ...


Centurion Europe appoint new area sales managers 15 September 2017

Centurion Europe, the Doncaster based supplier of DIY, Garden, Housewares and Safety products has announced the appointment of Leo Bryant and Matt Sagar as new Area Sales Managers.Leo Bryant will be responsible for the South West region. Leo joins ...


Squires raises funds for Princess Alice Hospice 14 September 2017

Squires Garden Centre in Long Ditton held a Mexican Fiesta Charity Day at the end of August which raised £556.76 for Princess Alice Hospice.There was a Mexican selfie station, face painting, lucky dip, charity raffle and a fun trail around the ...


Darlac makes new appointments 14 September 2017

Garden tools specialists Darlac has appointed Chris Owen as business development manager. He was previously a territory manager for seed company Mr Fothergill’s which recently acquired Darlac.In addition to all existing Darlac accounts Mr Owen’s ...


Home Hardware appoints business development manager 14 September 2017

Home Hardware announced that Adam Southall has recently joined the company as business development manager for the Midlands and Wales.Mr Southall has previous experience in flooring and mobility product retail management. His role will involve ...


Adam Taylor elected as new President for the HTA 13 September 2017

Adam Taylor from Taylors Bulbs was elected as President of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) at the Association’s annual general meeting which took place on 12 September at Glee.Adam takes on the role from Adam Wigglesworth of Aylett ...


AkzoNobel announces new management structure 8 September 2017

AkzoNobel has announced a new management structure for its Paints and Coatings business in advance of creating two focused high-performing businesses; Paints and Coatings and Specialty Chemicals.This announcement follows the recently communicated ...


Squire’s announces Charities of the Year 7 September 2017

Squire’s Garden Centres has announced its Charities of the Year for 2017/2018 including Princess Alice Hospice, Horsley & Bookham Riding for the Disabled, the 1st Fetcham Scout Group and the Aldershot & Farnborough Guide Dog Association.Team ...


Barrus appoints new sales & technical manager for garden division 7 September 2017

E P Barrus has appointed Phil Noble as field sales & technical manager for the garden division. After 19 years’ service with Barrus, Phil will be stepping up from his position as area sales manager to head up one of the most respected sales ...


Covers aims to raise over £30,000 for local hospices 1 September 2017

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants is aiming to raise over £30,000 to help local hospices. The company’s 13 depots will support 11 hospices for both children and adults across the South East.Between Monday 11 and Saturday 16, September, Covers ...


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