Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

January 2012

Hobbycraft welcomes two new senior staff members 19 January 2012
The retailer has appointed former Pets at Home employee Dominic Jordan as its new retail operations director, and Mike Giffin as chief financial officer.

Gardman introduces new product standards role 16 January 2012
For the first time Gardman has appointed a product standards manager to support the growth of the business and the expansion of its China operations.

Gilles Caille to receive DIY Lifetime Award 16 January 2012
Mr Caille, president of French DIY manufacturers' association Unibal, is to receive the European DIY lifetime award in Paris this Spring.

Home Hardware commemorates founders 12 January 2012
Founder members of the Home Hardware group Eric Blanchard and Frank Slee were remembered at the company's 50th anniversary convention.

LOFA donates £5k to Greenfingers 12 January 2012
The Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association (LOFA) council has presented a cheque for £5,000 to Greenfingers, a charity dedicated to creating gardens at children's hospices nationwide.

Wayne Hemmingway is keynote speaker at GCA conference 12 January 2012
Renowned entrepreneur Wayne Hemmingway MBE will be join by fellow speakers Andrew McMillan, Scott Seaborn and Clare Rayner at the Garden Centre Association's annual conference this month.

Lofa announces new secretary 4 January 2012
Phil Gibbs to take up role as the Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association (LOFA) waves a fond farewell to Richard Plowman who is retiring after 12 years at the organisation's helm.

Sanders' Peter Burks named as new GCA chairman 3 January 2012
Mr Burks takes up the role for 2012/2013, replacing outgoing chairman Dennis Espley.

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