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Decco raises over £5000.00 for Greenfingers

Decco has raised over £5,000 for the Greenfingers Charity at its Newton Abbot trade show dinner. Decco’s chief operating officer Charlie Lacey is pictured presenting a cheque for £5,175 to Hillview Group’s chief executive officer Boyd Douglas ... 
7 November 2017

Travis Perkins appoints Stuart Chambers non-executive chairman

Further to the announcement made on 27 June 2017, Travis Perkins has announced that Robert Walker will retire from the Board on November 6, 2017 and Stuart Chambers will succeed him as non-executive chairman with effect from November 7, 2017. Mr ... 
6 November 2017

Smart Garden Products expand its award-winning team

This month, due to the continued growth of its rapidly-expanding export business, Smart Garden Products welcomed two new employees to its award-winning team based in Abingdon.Following her recent promotion, Elvire Beugin was delighted to recruit ... 
2 November 2017

Farplants appoints Andy Merrick as head of sales

Andy Merrick, previously the Garden Centre Sales Manager for the West Sussex based plant wholesaler, has been appointed to Head of Sales to continue the company’s growth plans. Since joining in 1999, he has progressed within sales and account ... 
31 October 2017

Squire’s given ‘Best Garden Centre’ accolade by The Express

Squire’s Garden Centres have been awarded the title ‘Best Garden Centre’ at the Express Home and Living Awards 2017.A star-studded ceremony was held last Thursday, 26 October in London’s West End, where the biggest and brightest names in homes and ... 
31 October 2017

Asda's boss Sean Clarke steps down after 18 months

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 ... 
30 October 2017

Paul Hilliam appointed Christchurch Stewarts Garden Centres manager

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 ... 
26 October 2017

Smart Garden Products appoints new trade marketing manager

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 ... 
23 October 2017

Steve Guy makes move back to Kingfisher

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 ... 
19 October 2017

Akzo announce changes to supervisory board

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 ... 
18 October 2017
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