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May 2011

Argos retail operations director retires 31 May 2011
Argos retail operations director John Douglass is to retire from the business in March 2012, in what is the second senior management change at the retailer in just over a month.

Board changes at BHETA 31 May 2011
BHETA vice presidents John Grayson and Nick Ryder are to stand down from their positions at BHETA's agm later this month due to work commitments, says the association.

Gibbs & Dandy makes management appointment 27 May 2011
Gibbs & Dandy has appointed Simon Mutton as manager of its Northampton branch.

New national sales manager at Gorilla Glue 25 May 2011
Gorilla Glue has appointed Godfrey Thrower as national sales manager.

BMF board additions 24 May 2011
The Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) has welcomed two new board members, Stewart Pierce and Stephen Thompstone.

From Pyrex to Croydex 20 May 2011
Shower and bathroom accessories manufacturer Croydex has expanded its retail sales team with the appointment of Stephen Porter as commercial manager.

Jonathan Swift retires from IHA role 19 May 2011
Jonathan Swift has retired from his position as general secretary of the International Federation of Hardware and Housewares Associations (aka the International Hardware Association).

Topps Tiles chairman steps down 18 May 2011
Topps Tiles announced this morning that Barry Bester has retired as non-exec chairman and a director of the company with immediate effect.

Former B&Q marketing director joins Homebase 16 May 2011
Jo Kenrick will join the home improvement firm as marketing director from mid-August.

New md at Curver 11 May 2011
Plastics manufacturer Curver has appointed Martin Walker as managing director.

Two new appointments at Daikin UK 9 May 2011
Daikin UK has strengthened its renewable heating team with the appointment of Andrew Crown as commercial manager of its Heating and Renewables Division, and Natalie Inskip as marketing communications executive.

ForgeFix retirement 9 May 2011
Forgefix has announced the retirement of area sales manager for Scotland Terry Gallier.

Changes at Grosvenor 9 May 2011
Ged Wilcock has announced his retirement from the position of buyer for green and garden goods after 33 years at Grosvenor, with effect from June 17.

Garden centre manager breaks World Record as Superman 5 May 2011
David Stone of Kings Garden Centre in Exmouth completed his 13th London Marathon but, this time, broke the World record, running the race in the fastest time dressed as a superhero.

Comet md steps down 4 May 2011
Comet managing director Hugh Harvey has left the business after five years "to pursue interests outside the group", the company announced yesterday.

Sales appointment 3 May 2011
Shower manufacturer Roman has appointed Mike Spink as group sales director, overseeing all Roman Limited, Haven, Roman Designs and Roman at Home sales.


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