Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

January 2017

GCA welcomes new inspectors 23 January 2017

The Garden Centre Association has today announced its three new inspectors who will begin visiting member garden centres this spring.


Dunlop hires new area sales manager 16 January 2017

Dunlop, specialist manufacturer of tiling, decorating and flooring products for the trade, has hired a new area sales manager (ASM) for the Midlands.


Indie DIY shop owner passes away on Christmas Day 16 January 2017

George Walker, owner of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, store George's Tools Limited, passed away on Christmas Day at the age of 71.


Farplants strengthens management team 13 January 2017

As part of a five year growth plan, Sussex-based co-operative Farplants has strengthened its management team with the recent appointment of three new members of staff.


Former Klondyke ceo joins Kelkay board of directors 11 January 2017

Following his recent retirement from the role of chief executive at Klondyke Garden Centres, Bob Hewitt is set to take up a new part-time role on the boa Kelkay which he plans to run alongside his responsibilities as non-executive chairman at Klondyke.


Screwfix director of retail leaves to join Pets at Home 9 January 2017

Stuart Livingstone, former director of retail at Screwfix, has left the DIY retailer to become operations director at Pets at Home.


Garland appoints new south east and key accounts manager 6 January 2017

Garland Products/Worth Gardening has welcomed Phil Burgoyne to the management team as its new south east and key accounts manager.


New chairman for Grafton Group 4 January 2017

Grafton Group – parent to Irish DIY retailer Woodies – has announced the appointment of Michael Roney as its new chairman, effective January 1.


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