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September 2010

Carpentry challenge 28 September 2010
Carpenter Seb Griffin beat more than 50 contestants to win the local heat of the Irwin Challenge at Covers of Chichester and Bognor Regis last month.

Sales team expansion 28 September 2010
Matthew Kettleborough has joined plumbing equipment manufacturer Altecnic as a new member of its expanding sales team.

Shurtape appoints trade marketing manager 24 September 2010
Vanessa Durham brings wealth of experience to the company, which owns the famous Duck Tape brands.

Kitchengroup welcomes new marketing executive 24 September 2010
Lucy Wood joins growing Bolton-based team to focus on growing mid-market K brand and entry-level Prima kitchen brand.

New group chief exec at Hozelock 23 September 2010
David Algar has been appointed group chief executive of Hozelock.

Volunteer dons running shoes for charity 22 September 2010
Greenfingers volunteer John Tugman, who is currently being treated for cancer, is taking part in the 2010 Bupa Great South Run on October 24 to raise funds for the charity.

Changes at the top at Brita 17 September 2010
Brita Water Filter Systems UK md David Banfield takes on an international role as of November 5, and is replaced with a new appointment.

SCA expands sales team 17 September 2010
Following a reorganisation at its Stoke-on-Trent distribution centre, SCA Timber Supply has added two new members to its sales teams.

A&J Granite solutions founder seeks business award 16 September 2010
Entrepreneur, Jeton Murati, who has been named one of Britain's most inspirational businessmen just two years after setting up on his own, is now hoping to win a share of the £50,000 prize package in the Barclays Trading Places Awards - which recognise people who have beaten the odds to succeed in business.

New appointment at Scott Brothers 15 September 2010
Scott Brothers Ltd has appointed Jayne Richards as its new business development manager.

Wolf Steel adds to sales team 13 September 2010
Wolf Steel UK has appointed two sales managers to serve customers in the north and south of England and increase the reach of its 2011 range of gas and charcoal barbecue grills.

Westco promotion 8 September 2010
Floor coverings supplier Westco has promoted Jason Williams from merchandising manager to national sales manager.

New md for Tools of the Trade 7 September 2010
Peter Grummitt, founder and managing director of tool distributor Tools of the Trade, is stepping down as md to become chairman with immediate effect.

Yale promotion 6 September 2010
Yale has promoted Vicki Hawkes to the role of regional sales manager for the Midlands, Mid Wales and Lincolnshire, with responsibility for supporting merchant and retail customers.

Legal addition 6 September 2010
What More UK Limited has added to its growing management team by appointing Tom O'Neill as company solicitor.

New appointment 6 September 2010
Lee Montgomery has joined Brabantia UK as field sales manager to help develop the brand's support to trade customers.

Himalaya challenge 6 September 2010
Steve Lea is part of a team of six Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK employees taking part in The Himalaya Challenge in October in aid of The Prince's Trust.


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