Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

August 2012

Diane Stevens to swim for RDT 29 August 2012
Rainy Day Trust general secretary Diane Stevens has pledged to undertake a swim equivalent to swimming the channel to raise money for the industry charity.

Garland expands with new gardening brand 29 August 2012
West Midlands-based Garland Products Ltd is launching more than 300 garden care and hardware products under a new Worth Gardening brand - and is bolstering its expansion with two new appointments.

New addition at Hortipak 16 August 2012
Hortipak has appointed Nigel Gaffney as its new account manager.

New boss at Hamilton Acorn Ltd 16 August 2012
Professional and DIY decorating tools company Hamilton Acorn has appointed a new managing director - Steve Edwards, who will take over from John Grayson.

Gardman appoints new head of category management 14 August 2012
Lisa Blackmore will be responsible for Gardman's category management approach to provide optimum product and service to its retail partners.

John Grayson appointed md of Fiskars UK & Ireland 10 August 2012
Mr Grayson replaces current managing director Andrew Smith, who is leaving the company for personal reasons and to focus on new challenges.

Centurion restructures sales team due to growth 6 August 2012
The distributor has rerouted its sales team into northern and southern regions due to year-on-year growth in its core business.

Haskins Garden Centre appoints first director of marketing 6 August 2012
Lisa Looker, a former director at Mary Portas' communications agency Yellowdoor, joins Haskins' head office team based at Ferndown, Dorset, as the £31m gardening retailer's first director of marketing.

Kelkay employee helps raise £90,000 for Help for Heroes 3 August 2012
A group of 97 trekkers including Kelkay operations manager Debs Dugher recently completed the Heroes 5 Peaks Challenge, raising more than £90,000 for the charity.

New boss for the HTA 2 August 2012
Carol Paris, known for her role as operations director at the Garden & Leisure Group, has agreed to become the Horticultural Trades Association's new director general.


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