Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

May 2010

Lafarge makes new UK appointment 26 May 2010
Lafarge Plasterboard UK has appointed Olivier Delattre as its new marketing and strategy director.

New role at Kelkay 25 May 2010
Garden landscaping manufacturer and supplier Kelkay Ltd has appointed Robert Harrison to the new position of group merchandiser.

New appointment at Rolawn 24 May 2010
Turf grower and topsoil supplier Rolawn has appointed Davina Turner as company secretary.

New e-commerce role 21 May 2010
Crowders Garden Centre manager Mike Frecklington has taken on the new role of manager of web and e-commerce operations.

Two new faces at Merlyn 21 May 2010
Bathroom products supplier Merlyn has recruited Adam Dolphin as a new regional sales manager, and Tony Green as national specification manager.

Full restructure at Frontline 21 May 2010
Frontline Bathrooms has announced a full company and management restructure. Operations director Nick Hall becomes director and ceo, and marketing manager Michael Sammon becomes sales and marketing director.

New TTA chairman named 21 May 2010
Ian Crowther has been named as the new chairman of The Tile Association.

Abus gains new European account director 21 May 2010
Harald de Maillard joined the Abus European management team as divisional sales director for European accounts in January.

Sales agents retire at Grange 18 May 2010
Tom Lane and Mike Southern are retiring from Grange Fencing after a combined 63 years of service between them.

Lacey appointed director at Decco 17 May 2010
Charlie Lacey has been appointed director of supplier relations at Decco.

New director at RHS 13 May 2010
The Royal Horticultural Society has appointed Jim Gardiner as director of horticulture.

New role at EDRA 12 May 2010
The European DIY-Retail Association (EDRA) has appointed Alisdair Gray as its director of European affairs, starting on September 1.

Asda fills top job 11 May 2010
Walmart has named Andy Clarke as the new ceo at Asda.

Next generation takes over at Mr Fothergill's 11 May 2010
John Fothergill and David Carey have been appointed joint managing directors of garden seed and young plant company Mr Fothergill's, with immediate effect.

M&S finance and operations director resigns 6 May 2010
Ian Dyson, group finance and operations director of Marks & Spencer, has left the company to become group chief executive of pubs group Punch.

Appointments at Thompson and Taps 5 May 2010
Thompson Building Centres and its subsidiary Taps Plumbing and Heating Supplies have welcomed two new appointments.

New fd at Crown Paints 4 May 2010
Three months after joining Crown Paints, Kathryn Hill has been appointed as financial director and board member.

New roles at SDEA 4 May 2010
The Shop and Display Equipment Association (SDEA) has elected Nick Wraith, managing director of United Aluminium Ltd, as president and Chris Shoebottom, managing director of Albion Design & Fabrication Ltd, as vice president at its annual general meeting on April 21.


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