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February 2015

Former Carpetright boss joins Topps Tiles 25 February 2015
Poundland chairman and former Carpetright chief executive Darren Shapland is taking on the role of non-executive chairman at Topps Tiles, the retailer said today.

B&Q boosts garden with three appointments 24 February 2015
B&Q has made three new appointments to its seasonal team in order to strengthen its gardening and outdoor offer.

Horace George Lord: July 13 1922 - January 27 2015 16 February 2015
Tributes have been paid to Horace Lord of family-run High Wycombe hardware store Isaac Lord, who died at the end of last month.

New sales manager for Brett Martin 11 February 2015
Brett Martin Plumbing and Drainage has appointed Ben Baker as sales representative following the promotion of Mark Cotton to south east regional sales manager.

Haskins garden centre names new general manager 10 February 2015
Haskins' £8m-turnover garden centre at West End, Southampton, has a new general manager.

Andy Burns appointed as Stewart md 9 February 2015
Andy Burns has been appointed managing director of Stewart, the British manufacturer and distributor of gardening products, catering supplies and homewares.

Howarth continues to invest in its workforce 2 February 2015
Independent merchant Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has appointed Charlotte Hancock to the role of external sales executive.

Irwin seeks top national tradesman 2 February 2015
Irwin Tools is launching its annual National Tradesman Day competition on February 23, giving trades professionals the chance to win a new Ford F150 4X4 as well as a truckload of Irwin tools and tickets to top sporting events.

Travis Perkins teams with Macmillan for three-year fundraising 2 February 2015
Macmillan Cancer Support, Travis Perkins and Benchmarx today announced a new charity partnership that aims to raise £3m for people affected by cancer, over the next three years.

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