Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

June 2014

BIRA Direct seeks next leader 30 June 2014
The British Independent Retailers Association's buying business, BIRA Direct, is looking for a managing director designate.

Roman's David Osborne takes over as BMA president 26 June 2014
Managing director of Roman, David Osborne, has been appointed president for a two-year term of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA), taking over from Steve Lee of Methven.

New role at Argos will drive digital leadership 26 June 2014
Henrietta Baring has been appointed to the newly-created role of head of Argos, IT commercial and supply chain, reporting to IT director Mike Sackman.

Tesco general merchandise director resigns 25 June 2014
The general merchandise director at struggling grocer Tesco is quitting the company.

Deco-Pak man completes charity banger challenge 24 June 2014
Craig Hall, marketing manager with aggregates supplier Deco-Pak, has completed the inaugural Forget Me Not 500 banger rally challenge in aid of a local charity.

BIRA Bank chairman Clifford O'Dell has passed away 23 June 2014
Clifford O'Dell of Hayling Hardware in Southampton and chairman of BIRA Bank passed away last month, aged 71.

Sheila clocks up 25 years with Wyevale Nurseries 18 June 2014
Sheila Jackson has this month joined an exclusive group of individuals in the '25 year club' at Wyevale Nurseries.

Monkton Elm creates trio of new roles 18 June 2014
The three senior managers at Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre near Taunton have been given new roles in business this month.

Sika and Everbuild bring sales teams together 18 June 2014
Following Sika's acquisition of Everbuild last year, the sealants, adhesives and building chemicals brands are combining their sales, manufacturing, marketing and distribution activities.

Former Morrisons boss joins QD Stores 13 June 2014
David Haycox, former operations controller for Morrisons, has joined QD Stores as operations director.

Castorama, Brico Dépôt chief steps down 12 June 2014
Philippe Tible, ceo of the Castorama and Brico Dépôt brands, is to step down from parent Kingfisher's board at the end of July.

Whitehall Garden Centre chairman dies 10 June 2014
Christopher Self, chairman of Whitehall Garden Centre in Lacock, Wiltshire, has died at the age of 76 following a heart attack.

Neil Thorn is appointed as operations director of Pets Choice 9 June 2014
With a background in management consultancy within the food industry, Mr Thorn joins Pets Choice as its new operations director.


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