Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

January 2009

Boyce moves from Plasplugs to QEP 30 January 2009
Former Plasplugs sales and marketing director Paul Boyce has moved to its main rival as CEO of European operations for QEP.

Fiskars appoints new managing director 22 January 2009
Andrew Smith promoted to position after being ‘instrumental’ in strengthening the company’s four major brands.

Focus DIY announces new commercial director 21 January 2009
Focus DIY has announced the appointment of Penny Teale - who will join the company as commercial director on February 2.

Comap promotes new managing director from within 13 January 2009
Neil Johnston steps up from position of commercial director at the leading European plumbing and heating product manufacturer.

Shadow Health Minister takes over as PDA ceo 13 January 2009
Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) appoints former MP and Shadow Health Minister Paul Marsden to the role of chief executive officer.

DKB appoints new sales director 12 January 2009
Housewares supplier DKB, which owns the William Levene and Cole & Mason brands, has appointed Huw Buckle as sales director. He joined the company on January 2.

Assa Abloy appoints new market region manager 9 January 2009
Assa Abloy has announced a new market region and a new region manager to oversee it.

Purmo director retires after 22 years 8 January 2009
Norman Bustin steps down as sales and marketing director for Purmo UK and will be succeeded by Kevin Gunn.

Turtle appoint new commercial manager 7 January 2009
Katherin Ashworth has been promoted to commercial manager for trade at The Turtle Mat Company.

Worldwide DIY Council names new chairman and board members 7 January 2009
Boake Paugh president of Key-Bak is the new 2009 chairman of the Worldwide DIY Council.

Livingston leaves Wyevale for Screwfix 7 January 2009
After three years at Wyevale, latterly as chief operation officer, Andrew Livingston has returned to the DIY sector.

'Challenging times for British manufacturers' says new BEAMA chief 5 January 2009
Dr Howard Porter has been appointed chief operating officer of the British Electrochemical and Allied Manufacturers Association (BEAMA).

Abus appoints sales director 5 January 2009
David Hudson has been appointed sales director of Abus following a 20% increase in Abus sales during 2008.


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