Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

August 2018

Stevenson Agencies wins Sales Agent of the Year award 30 August 2018

Following a year of consistent sales growth of over 84%, the Stevenson Agencies has been awarded the Garland/Worth Gardening ‘Sales Agent of the Year’. The winning agency is responsible for sales of the company’s products for the garden and hardware ...


Debenhams appoints former B&Q boss 29 August 2018

Department store Debenhams has appointed former B&Q head of commercial finance Rachel Osborne as its new chief financial officer.

 

BIRA names Andrew Goodacre as new CEO 24 August 2018

The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) has appointed Andrew Goodacre, formally of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) as its new CEO. Andrew will replace Alan Hawkins, who retires after 33 years with BIRA. Mr Goodacre comes ...


Brian Fraser appointed to the HTA board 24 August 2018

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has announced the appointment of Brian Fraser, general manager and director of Oakover Nurseries near Ashford, Kent, to the HTA Board as a non-executive director. Commenting on the appointment Adam Taylor, ...


Tong GC strengthens team with key appointments 21 August 2018

Award-winning Bradford business, Tong Garden Centre has brought new staff on board in marketing, HR and finance.Leigh Quinn has been appointed to the newly-created position of online insight manager to develop Tong's online presence; Carrie ...


Adam Dunnett resigns from post at Wyevale Nurseries 13 August 2018

Wyevale Nurseries has announced that Adam Dunnett has decided to move on from his post as sales and marketing director and will be relocating and taking up a new challenge.Wyevale Nurseries managing director Andy Johnson said: “We would very much ...


Scott Parnell appoints new MD of hard landscaping division 7 August 2018

Ian Griggs will take up the role overseeing the division, which is a recently-launched venture for the company.Mr Griggs has 30 years’ of experience in the industry, having previously held roles at competitor businesses, including company sales ...


Key sales appointments at Crest Garden 7 August 2018

Crest Garden has increased their sales team with the appointment of a national account manager and a new area sales manager.Crest Garden - Katie SmithKatie Smith joins the company as national account manager responsible for national, multiple, ...


Rainy Day Trust CEO gets set for 175-mile anniversary hike 3 August 2018

To celebrate industry charity, the Rainy Day Trust’s 175-year birthday, CEO Bryan Clover will hike 175 miles of the most rugged terrain around Cornwall from Newquay round to Mevagissey. The trek will see Mr Clover cover 25 miles a day for seven ...


Decco appoints new manager at Leeds branch 2 August 2018

The home improvement and garden wholesaler has taken on Martin Sutcliffe as manager for Decco Leeds, following Andrew Ballantine’s promotion to chief operating officer. The appointment was effective from August 1.Mr Sutcliffe joins Decco from ...


ERA creates new smartware helpdesk 1 August 2018

The home security specialist has implemented a new helpdesk team offering end-user support for its smartware security product portfolio.The four-strong team offers expert help and guidance for home owners, trade and local authorities from ERA’s head ...


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