Builders' Merchants News
Wickes appoints marketing director

Wickes has bolstered its executive and marketing teams with the appointment of Ian Crook as marketing director.

Firebird adds to its team

Firebird Heating Solutions has appointed Stewart Ratcliff as head of its technical service team based at the Ivybridge head office.

Jablite takes on specification specialist

Michael Ashley has joined Jablite as a specification manager to build relationships with architects, local authorities, engineers and other specifiers of insulation products.

New Scunthorpe branch manager for Howarth

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies has appointed Mark Walters as the new branch manager at its Scunthorpe outlet.

Screwfix strengthens senior team

Screwfix has appointed Jan Maggs as its new director of human resources (HR).

VADO’s expanding sales force

VADO has appointed two new members to its expanding UK sales team.

Jablite employee is finalist for Outstanding Woman in Construction Award

Sue Ballard, materials innovation manager at Jablite Insulation, is a finalist for the Outstanding Woman in Construction Award.

Kent Blaxill welcomes new territory manager

Mark Andrews has joined Kent Blaxill as Colchester territory manager.

Actis appoints trio of staff

Actis has appointed three new staff members to manage increased demand, following a growth in sales of its dual-performance Hybrid insulation range.

Rob Steeley clocks up 25th year as Ferroli’s technical wizard

The talent and dedication of Ferroli’s chief technical officer Rob Steeley was celebrated by his colleagues on 7 February, when they marked his 25th year with the boiler manufacturer’s UK division.

BMF appoints first chairman of plumbing and heating sector

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has set up a specialist plumbing and heating sector under the chairmanship of Ron Walker.

New appointments in Polypal’s builders’ merchant team

Polypal, manufacturer of display and storage equipment systems specifically designed for the builders’ merchant sector, has strengthened its dedicated team in response to growing demand for its services in the marketplace.

Altecnic expands OEM team

Altecnic has appointed Martyn Frost to the position of OEM manager as demand for its accredited and compliant products continues to soar.

Rowlinson Timber appoints new managing director

Rowlinson Timber has appointed Richard Smith as its new managing director.

New CEO at Stabila’s helm

Tool brand Stabila has a new chief executive officer (CEO) and president.

New appointment for Austin Stroud

BSS Industrial has announced the appointment of Nigel Aiton as national sales manager for its specialist brand, Austin Stroud Carbon & Stainless.

New manager appointed at Kent Blaxill’s Norwich branch

Michael Nicholls has been promoted to store manager of Kent Blaxill’s Norwich branch.

Mark Spittle joins the Setcrete team

Setcrete has appointed Mark Spittle as brand merchandiser for the southern region.

Keyline recruits to support growth in Scotland and north of England

Keyline has appointed Brian Fairley to the role of national rail manager, North, to support and further the growth of its rail business in Scotland and the north of England.

Reisser announces a trio of appointments to its senior team

Jane O’Neill has been promoted to managing director of Reisser after 24 years of service.

Saniflo honours Paul Newson

The team at Saniflo and the remainder of the SFA Group UK is honouring the life of former Saniflo UK managing director, Paul Newson, who passed away on 20 January 2014 after a seven-year battle with cancer.

New marketing manager for bcg

bcg has appointed Steve Egerton as its new marketing manager.

Burdens appoints new MD

Wolseley UK has appointed Keith Dorling to the newly created position of Burdens managing director.

Kent Blaxill appoints Bury St Edmunds branch manager

Patrick Spurgeon has been appointed as the new Bury St Edmunds store manager for Kent Blaxill.

Travis Perkins boosts management team

The Travis Perkins Group has enhanced its senior management team with a key appointment.

Ten-25 appoints new MD

Ten-25 Software has announced that long-serving managing director Norman Symcox will step down from the position, to be succeeded by current product development director Ian Oldrey.

Altecnic strengthens North West sales team

Altecnic is strengthening its presence across the North West as Stuart Talbot is promoted to area sales manager.

Gledhill appoints national sales manager

Gledhill has appointed Sharon Rawlins to the position of national sales manager, as part of an ongoing investment and expansion strategy designed to further develop the company’s market share.

Climate Center rolls out new technical support team

Climate Center has established a new technical team to support customers on major air conditioning projects.

Aqualisa appoints new CEO

David Hollander has been appointed as the chief executive officer of the Aqualisa Group.

Elta looks to strengthen its position with MD appointment

Elta Fans has appointed Damian Buxton as the new managing director of its Fareham manufacturing facility.

Keyline appoints new managing director

Keyline has appointed Kieran Griffin as its new managing director, as the builders’ merchant looks to build on its success over the past year.

IronmongeryDirect appointment enhances customer experience

IronmongeryDirect has appointed Edward Patten as merchandising manager to further improve its service and drive the company forward.

New addition to VADO’s marketing department

UK brassware manufacturer VADO has appointed Aaron Kennedy to its marketing department as graphic designer.

New business director for Stelrad

Stelrad Radiators has welcomed Garry Naughton to the business in his new role as business director.

NMBS appoints new business development manager

NMBS has made a new appointment to its national sales team, appointing Ian Young as business development manager (central/northern).

Fry is a perfect fit for Jablite

Sarah Fry has joined Jablite as its new national flooring manager.

Raffaela De Vittorio takes on marketing director role at Geberit

Geberit has appointed Raffaela De Vittorio to the position of marketing director.

ITW Industry awards loyal employees

Several longstanding employees of ITW Industry have received awards for their loyal service.

Fakro appoints new sales director

Andrew Prosser has been appointed to the position of sales director at Fakro GB.

New MD for F&P Wholesale

F & P Wholesale, a distributor of heating, plumbing and bathroom products to the independent merchant sector, appointed Jed Kenrick as managing director earlier this year.

Whirlpool UK announces changes

Whirlpool has announced a number of changes within the organisation.

Neat Concepts appoints sales director

Neat Concepts has announced that it has appointed Mohammed Mushtaq as sales director.

Dave Holley joins Fernox

Dave Holley has joined Fernox as technical project manager.

Jablite Insulation expands roofing team

Nina Mineghetti has joined Jablite Insulation’s roofing team as northern roofing manager.

Wolseley UK appoints new multichannel director

Jeremy Maxwell has been appointed as multichannel director at Wolseley UK.

Yale recruits to strengthen trade support in 2014

Security specialist Yale has appointed four new salespeople to strengthen support to its national network of trade customers.

New Rowlinson Timber trio

Rowlinson Timber has added to its sales team with the appointment of three new members of staff.

SCA appointments at new Melton Site

Throughout the autumn progress has been continuing at SCA Timber Supply’s new wood processing facility at Melton on Humberside, with production lines starting to come on stream towards achieving full operational capability in spring 2014.

Obituary: Ian Robey

Ian Robey OBE, a past president of the BMF, passed away on 25 November 2013 after a long illness.