Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

October 2013

Scottish Retail Consortium appoints new director 31 October 2013
The Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) has appointed David Lonsdale as its new director, replacing Fiona Moriarty, who is leaving after 10 years in the role.

New customer-focused European managing director for Wavin 31 October 2013
Global supplier of water management, plumbing and drainage systems, Wavin, has appointed Brent Nicholls as managing director - South West Europe.

Toolstream's new office pet 29 October 2013
Toolstream welcomed the 'May Contain Nuts (& Bolts)' Gromit to its head office after making a large donation to Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal auction.

Paul Cooling elected to IGCA board 29 October 2013
Coolings Nurseries chairman Paul Cooling has been elected to the International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) board, replacing Sue Allen, who is retiring from the role.

Axminster rewards customer service stars 22 October 2013
Axminster Tool Centre made a number of awards to staff during this month's National Customer Service Week, which is all about recognising and rewarding excellence.

Häfele team members go the extra mile 17 October 2013
Häfele UK, the distributor of furniture fittings and architectural hardware, has recognised team members who go above and beyond the call of duty at a special awards ceremony in Warwickshire.

Fernox appoints two new sales team members 16 October 2013
Fernox has appointed two new people to its sales team. Mike Skivington is now area sales manager for London and Susanna Shrubsole is area sales manager for the north west of England.

Westland appoints new PR manager 10 October 2013
Emma Rogers joins Westland Horticulture as its new in-house PR manager.

Hozelock director moves to William Sinclair 4 October 2013
Former Hozelock group category director Simon McArdle has joined growing media company William Sinclair as marketing director.

Changes to The Garden Centre Group's executive team 4 October 2013
Among recent changes at The Garden Centre Group, two new people have been appointed to its executive team.

New National Account Manager at Dunlop Adhesives 3 October 2013
Dunlop Adhesives has recruited Iain Belcher as its new National Account Manager.

Travis Perkins sponsors Building Lives project 3 October 2013
Travis Perkins has donated brand new toolboxes with £100 worth of tools to Building Lives, a community project and social enterprise.

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