Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

May 2012

Jewson completes Three Peaks Challenge for Barnardo's 28 May 2012
Ten triumphant hikers from Jewson are celebrating after completing the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, raising almost £14,000 for charity partner Barnardo's.

Garden industry gets on its marks for Greenfingers 16 May 2012
Staff from three horticultural companies have signed up for the annual 10km Bupa Great Manchester Run in aid of a charity that creates gardens at children's hospices nationwide.

Bromborough employee celebrates 30 years with the firm 14 May 2012
In May 1982 Bromborough Paints md Neville Wellings interviewed 17-year old Donna Geoghegan for a position as office junior and 30 years later, she's still with the company, now in the role of sales office manager.

Award-winning chef at Bents' restaurant 14 May 2012
Ameila Vella, Commis Chef at Bents' Fresh Approach Restaurant has been awarded the 2012 Greater Manchester Young Chef of the Year.

JML appoints new board member 10 May 2012
JML announced it has appointed Mark Graas, managing director of its Benelux operation since 2009, to the group board of directors.

Smart Solar expands NPD team 10 May 2012
The solar garden products company has appointed Jack Morgan to its product development team.

Gardman Holdings director steps down 10 May 2012
The non-executive chairman and director of Gardman Holdings Terry Stannard has announced his resignation from the board. He will be replaced by Jonathan Halford as non-executive director of Gardman Holdings.

New sales director for Pland Stainless 10 May 2012
The independent stainless steel manufacturer has appointed Jamie Fisher as its new sales director to help drive growth in the company.

Millbrook GC boss takes on Three Peaks Challenge 8 May 2012
The Millbrook Garden Company managing director Tammy Woodhouse has pledged to climb England, Wales and Scotland's highest peaks in three days in aid of a hospice charity.

New appointment at Smart Solar 2 May 2012
Smart Solar has announced the appointment of Charlotte Styles to the role of product development manager.


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