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January 2013

Suttons Seeds takes on new sales and marketing director 29 January 2013
Chris Ramsden set to replace David Arnold, who is taking early retirement next month to pursue other business and personal interests.

Altecnic appoints OEM sales manager 29 January 2013
Plumbing supplier Altecnic has appointed Chris Haycock as its new Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) sales manager as part of an ongoing commitment to "maintaining and delivering outstanding customer service."

BRC appoints corporate affairs director 28 January 2013
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has named Amanda Callaghan as its new corporate affairs director.

Gardman ceo steps down 24 January 2013
Mark Pearson leaves his role at gardening supplies firm, as financial restructuring is completed.

Sylvia Cooper marks 25 years with Floramedia 15 January 2013
An employee at horticultural design and print company Floramedia is celebrating this month after clocking up 25 years of service to the business.

Dobbies appoints former B&Q manager Steve Guy 14 January 2013

Following the departure of Neil Fishlock for Decco, Dobbies has appointed former B&Q category manager Steve Guy as its new head of buying for plants and gardening.

Unimer director Alan Hampton retires after 16 years 11 January 2013
A new year, and it's all change at the top for Unimer with director Alan Hampton, who has also spent the last 11 years as chairman, deciding to take retirement.

Suttons Seeds heralds 2013 with new MD 10 January 2013
Devon-based seeds supplier Suttons will welcome new managing director Benjamin Bejar on February 1, following the promotion of current MD Cecile Cuzenic.

Forest Garden bolsters its sales team for 2013 season 10 January 2013
Decorative and garden timber supplier Forest Garden has appointed new national account manager Andrew Pewsey, who will focus on some of the business' key accounts across the UK.

Gardman appoints new category manager 9 January 2013
Nicola Beet has been appointed as Gardman's category manager for pet care, following on from the category's launch last June.

BRC welcomes new director general 2 January 2013
The British Retail Consortium is seeing in the new year with a brand new director general, Helen Dickinson, who officially took the reins from Stephen Robertson on January 1.


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