Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

October 2012

Homebase director joins Institute of Customer Service board 25 October 2012
The Institute of Customer Service has announced the appointment of Graham Heald as a non-executive director.

Bents announces new management structure 19 October 2012
Following its embarkation on a £10m development programme earlier this year, a new management structure at Bents Garden & Home has been launched, opening up a brand new senior position of general manager alongside additional roles.

Haskins' Ferndown GC welcomes new boss 18 October 2012
Simon Morris is the new general manager at Haskins' Ferndown garden centre, heading up the team of 140 horticultural and catering staff.

Haxnicks sales manager moves to Smart Solar 11 October 2012
Smart Solar has announced the appointment of former Haxnicks sales director Malcolm Andrews, just weeks after the news Smart Solar will be distributing Haxnicks products across the UK, France and Germany.

HTA board changes and Caroline Owen resumes presidency 11 October 2012
The Horticultural Trades Association has appointed three new directors to its board, which will once again be chaired by Caroline Owen of Scotsdales Garden Centre, who announced at the agm that she is resuming her role as president.

Gardman appoints two new faces for B&Q team 9 October 2012
Gardman has announced the appointment of Helen Edis as the new category project manager, and Jon Watson as the senior national accounts manager for its B&Q account.

Scotts Miracle-Gro appoints new sales director 8 October 2012
Rainer Schubert has been promoted to sales director for the Scotts Miracle-Gro Consumer UK Business Group.

Independent DIY retailer to cycle Vietnam for MIND 5 October 2012
Neville Johnny, of Johnny's DIY and Building Supplies in Deptford, south east London, will cycle 450km over five days from north to south Vietnam next September.

Masons Timber appoints head of operations 1 October 2012
Martin Thurley has been welcomed as the new head of operations at Masons Timber Products, bringing over 20 years of senior management experience of operations and commercial management within the joinery and timber sector.

B&Q staff cycle 240 miles for Children in Need 1 October 2012
B&Q colleagues have spent the weekend taking part in a 240 mile cycle ride from B&Q House in Hampshire via Kingfisher HQ in London Paddington to Castorama in Lille, France.

Jewson cyclists raise £30,000 for Barnardo's 1 October 2012
Jewson has heralded its third annual Tour de Jewson a great success after £30,000 was raised for its charity partner Barnardo's.


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