Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

November 2008

Grosvenor employee named best in the country 28 November 2008
A garden centre worker is the best in the UK after being crowned Garden Retail Awards' Employee of the Year.

Two new faces for revamped garden centre 27 November 2008
Dorset based garden centre John Browns has appointed two new managers as it more than doubles its restaurant capacity and revamps the kitchen.

Kingfisher strengthens its UK team 26 November 2008
Appointment of new finance director aims to further enhance B&Q’s line up.

Tornado appoints two new business managers 21 November 2008
Phil Stagg and Kenny Sharman bring years of experience to the construction products firm, which intends to strengthen its UK reach.

Kelkay md named Bank of Scotland Entrepreneur Challenge Finalist 17 November 2008
Antony Harker shortlisted for award following the ‘amazing progress’ of his company in the last six years.

Plum position for new md 13 November 2008
Plum Products has announced the appointment of a brand new managing director - Peter Balcombe.

New finance director for Grafton Merchanting 12 November 2008
Michael McCabe has been appointed finance director for Grafton Merchanting GB Ltd.

Einhell employs expertise 12 November 2008
Jeremy Gabbott has been appointed the new quality and technical manager at Einhell UK.

Plasti-kote sales team goes from strength to strength 12 November 2008
Plasti-kote has expanded its sales force with two new senior sales executives, Nicola Davies and Scott Gray.

Westland appoint new product manager 6 November 2008
Naomi Jenkins has joined Westland Horticulture as product manager responsible for control products.

New buying director for Liberty 5 November 2008
Edwin Burstell has been appointed as buying director for department store Liberty.

Garden Leisure Group buyer wins accolade 3 November 2008
Melanie Griffiths named Glee 2008 Buyer/Merchandiser of the year.

Abus expands its sales team 3 November 2008
Daniel Bebb appointed regional sales manager in Cumbria, Lancs, North Wales, and North East England to the Yorkshire border


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