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June 2010

CBI director-general to step down 30 June 2010
The Confederation of British Industry's director-general Richard Lambert has announced today that he will be stepping down from the role in early 2011.

Smart Solar expands sales team 30 June 2010
Adrian Seber has joined Smart Solar as regional sales manager for southern England, with responsibility for garden centres and general retail sales.

RHS vice chairman of Council dies 23 June 2010
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced that Professor John MacLeod, RHS vice chairman of Council, passed away on June 18, aged 70.

New face at ForgeFix 21 June 2010
ForgeFix has appointed Louise Boughton-Wild as area sales manager with responsibility for a territory covering the Midlands and both North and South Wales.

New product manager for Prima 17 June 2010
The Bolton-based PJH Group has appointed Michael Arnott as its new Prima Appliances UK product manager.

New appointment at Crown 17 June 2010
Crown Paints Limited has appointed Jon Dingoor to the role of commercial manager for export & licensing.

Stadium director awarded fellowship 17 June 2010
Stadium Group sales and marketing director Chris Bartlett has been awarded a fellowship of the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management.

PJH makes new appointment 17 June 2010
The PJH Group has appointed George Keegan as business development manager of its New Build division for the public sector.

Promotion at Jewson 17 June 2010
John Bampkin has been promoted to regional director of west and Wales at Jewson.

Sales team expansion 17 June 2010
Architectural ironmongery distributor Owlett-Architectural has appointed Craig Baxter to its sales team.

Wickes winner 16 June 2010
James Mackrell has won the Wickes Store Manager of the Year Award for his outstanding performance in the development and success of both his store and his team.

New director general at RHS 16 June 2010
The Royal Horticultural Society has appointed Sue Biggs as director general.

Builder's got talent 16 June 2010
Joiner Adam Contoret was awarded first place at the TradePoint Whistle While You Work final in Erdington on June 8.

New faces at Formica 16 June 2010
The Formica Group has appointed Rebecca Jones as the new marketing manager for the UK, Ireland and central regions.

New appointment at Town & Country 9 June 2010
Town & Country has appointed Michelle Davies as regional account manager for a newly-created area of the south, covering Hampshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

Phil Wrigley becomes new Habitat chairman 8 June 2010
Phil Wrigley, the former chairman of fashion retailer New Look, has been named executive chairman at Habitat.

New leadership team at Squire 3 June 2010
Security specialist Henry Squire & Sons Ltd has announced a new leadership team.

Merlyn expands sales team 3 June 2010
Merlyn has appointed Gordon Wollacott as regional sales manager for the East Midlands.

New face at Geberit 3 June 2010
Bathroom products supplier Geberit UK has appointed Sandra Meeten to its retail sales team in the north of England and Lancashire.


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