Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

July 2008

So Longhi, farewell 30 July 2008
De'Longhi is saying goodbye to a long-standing member of the team.

New DLF Trifolium md 30 July 2008
Laurence Scowen has taken over as managing director of DLF Trifolium, suppliers of Johnsons lawn seed.

Blackfriar says goodbye to national sales manager 30 July 2008
Peter Briggs has retired from his post as national sales manager of Blackfriar Paints, having spent almost half a century in the paint industry.

Plasti-kote people 29 July 2008
Plasti-kote has strengthened its sales force with two new senior sales staff. James Clark joins from ICI and will take care of central England while Neil Roberts takes responsibility for the south east.

Everwhite expands team 29 July 2008
Ian Griffiths and John Gibson have joined specialist roofline supplier Everwhite as business development managers. Mr Griffiths will cover the north west and Mr Gibson the south east.

Bruce is bonus 29 July 2008
Trianco have announced the appointment of Bruce McGregor as national sales manager. Mr McGregor brings more than 40 years' experience to the role including positions at Wolseley and government advisory roles.

E-appointment 28 July 2008
Enviroproducts, producers of E-cloth, has appointed Laurence Smith as commercial director. Mr Smith joins from Unilever where he was category marketing director.

Vacancy buster 28 July 2008
Challs International, manufacturers of the Buster plughole care brand, has announced Kieran MacSweeney as its new sales director. Mr MacSweeney has previously held positions at Nichol Beauty Products and latterly at Wessex Foods.

North of the border 28 July 2008
Paul Wareham joins the HTA as its new business development advisor for Scotland. He will be responsible for advising HTA members about the services the association offers and gathering information about their needs.

Staff centenary 28 July 2008
Five employees at Whitehall garden centre have clocked up 100 years of service between them. Director Phyllis Self is the longest-serving employee, working at the centre since her family started the business in 1968. Barbara Fry has been there for 21 years, June Eadie for 19 and Mildred Sunderland and Teresa London for 11.

Hamilton Acorn grow sales team 22 July 2008
Decorative equipment ant tools manufacturer Hamilton Acorn has appointed four new area sales managers tasked with growing the company within the independent sector.

Role call at Squire 22 July 2008
Terry White joins Squire as key accounts manager after a chance phone call.

B&Q worker wins appeal 22 July 2008
A horticultural advisor from the Barrow branch of B&Q has won his appeal against a four-month prison sentence after admitting theft from the DIY retailer.

Grass greener at Rolawn 22 July 2008
James mason has joined Rolawn as turf production manager - a newly created position in the company.

Job security 22 July 2008
US company Ingersoll Rand has named Steven Hochhauser as president of its security technologies sector.

PTS personnel 22 July 2008
Plumbers merchant chain PTS has appointed Jo Smith as marketing manager for installers to introduce an even more efficient service at its trade counters.

Moving on 22 July 2008
Simon Woods will leave Bostik at the end of this month after nine years.

Rapid growth 22 July 2008
Rapid UK has appointed a new national accounts manager.


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