Builders' Merchants News
Vent-Axia appoints new sales director for distribution

Steve Archibald, sales director for distribution at Vent-Axia, will be leaving the company in August to pursue a new opportunity that enables him to relocate back to Scotland.

Howarth says 'you're hired' to two new apprentices

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies has reaffirmed its commitment to investing in tomorrow's workforce by employing two new apprentices at its Thorne branch.

WPL welcomes new sales team member

Rob Johnston has joined WPL’s national sales team, and will be covering Scotland and the north of England.

Iain McKinlay leaves Hansgrohe

Iain McKinlay, UK managing director of Hansgrohe, will leave at the end of June 2013, having worked for the company for 24 years. 

Obituary: John Bate

John Bate, managing director of Rowlinson Timber, died on 25 May 2013 aged 53 after losing his bravely fought battle with cancer.

New GAI president advocates overseas expansion

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) has elected a new president at its recent AGM and Conference.

Saniflo welcomes new marketing manager

A short while after welcoming new managing director Tim Pestell to the helm, Saniflo continues with its plan to raise brand awareness and grow market share with the appointment of KBB industry aficionado Ann Boardman.

New area sales manager for Plasson UK

Plasson UK has appointed Gordon Noble as area sales manager for Scotland and Ireland.

Dunlop appoints new area sales manager

Dunlop Adhesives has appointed Scott Hamilton as area sales manager to help drive awareness of the Dunlop brand and to increase sales with builders’ merchants and tradesmen throughout the south of the UK.

Circulating Pumps appoints new international key account manager

Circulating Pumps has appointed Richard Langston as its new international key account manager, responsible for promoting the sale of the company’s products and services to existing and prospective key accounts.

Duo celebrates 25 years at Kent Blaxill

Two senior members of staff at Kent Blaxill have clocked up 25 years of service.

Sentinel acquires new member

Victoria Fussell, 23, has joined the growing trade support team at water treatment specialist Sentinel.

Origin announces manufacturing manager appointment

Origin has appointed Mark Caffery as manufacturing manager.

Hat-trick for Catnic’s Christine

Christine Wilde, managing director of Catnic, continues her exceptional year by winning the Institute of Directors’ (IOD) South Wales regional Director of the Year award.

System Hygienics appoints new sales pair

System Hygienics is pleased to announce two new additions to its growing sales department.

Bostik UK appoints new commercial director

Bostik UK has appointed Dale Poulton as commercial director.

Steven Swallow joins VADO

Throughout VADO’s growth over recent years, the company has taken great care to ensure a sufficient number of area sales managers are in place so its customers receive the best service. Continuing with this policy, VADO has appointed Steven Swallow to the newly created position of retail sales representative for the South-East North region.

MKM appoints industry stalwart as commercial director

MKM Building Supplies has appointed a new commercial director to drive forward its national branch network.

Bill Bolsover joins the Brett Group Board

Bill Bolsover CBE will be joining the Brett Group Board as a non-executive director.

Flexseal appoints new area sales manager

Flexseal has appointed David May to the role of area sales manager for the Midlands and South West England.

New assistant brand manager for Dunlop Adhesives

Dunlop Adhesives has appointed Amy Rushton as assistant brand manager to help drive awareness of the Dunlop brand and assist in the delivery of creative campaigns for the company.

Renewed merchant focus for PJH Group

PJH Group’s Jonathan Hartley has taken on the new position of national account manager – UK merchants, following his previous PJH role as national sales manager UK (retail distribution).

MHS Radiators’ new sales appointment

MHS Radiators has further strengthened its sales team with the appointment of Lucy Archer as its new internal sales estimator.

IKO appoints new area business manager

IKO’s distribution division continues to invest by appointing a new area business manager.

Xylem Lowara UK appoints new OEM business manager

Xylem Lowara UK has appointed David Spragg as Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) business manager.

Baxi appoints new managing director

Baxi has appointed Paul Hardy as managing director of its UK residential and commercial boiler businesses, further strengthening its operations in a challenging marketplace.

Embracing the football spirit: MKM Sheffield South has two new 'signings'

The fun has started at MKM Building Supplies Sheffield South with two new signings – one a huge Sheffield Wednesday supporter and the other an avid supporter of Sheffield United.

Travis Perkins non-exec director steps down

Philip Jansen, non-executive director at Travis Perkins, is to step down on 23 May because of other business commitments.

F&P Wholesale appoints new account manager

F&P Wholesale has promoted Yvonne Wolstenholme to account manager for the Northern region.

New faces at Specflue

Reflecting its continued progress, Specflue Group has announced two new major appointments.

Commercial heavyweight bolsters ADEY

UK manufacturer ADEY Professional Heating Solutions is stepping up operations across its commercial heating system filter range with the appointment of an established industry figure to spearhead this growing part of the business.

Tembe DIY welcomes new member

Neil Herd will be joining Tembe DIY’s sales team.

Shaun Balaam builds up Kent Blaxill brick expertise

Brick specialist Shaun Balaam has joined Kent Blaxill, bringing with him 30 years of experience in the industry.

Cistermiser’s team expands

Cistermiser has welcomed Richard Bolton to its marketing team as product and brand manager.

Twyford Bathrooms appoints new commercial operations manager

Bathroom manufacturer Twyford Bathrooms has appointed Brent Hudson as its commercial operations manager, a new post created as part of the restructure of their commercial team.

MP Moran & Sons awards long-serving employee

On Thursday 14 March, Mick Moran was delighted to present James McGill with a Loyalty and Service Certificate in recognition of his 30 years as an employee of MP Moran & Sons.

Hanson Formpave appoints new technical sales manager

Mike MacRae has joined Hanson Formpave as technical sales manager for Scotland.

New managing director for SCA Timber Supply UK

On Tuesday (12 March), Neil Emsley was appointed managing director of SCA Timber Supply in the UK.

Saint-Gobain PAM UK's new business development director

Mark Esling has been appointed as the new business devlopment director of Saint-Gobain PAM UK, part of materials group Saint-Gobain.

Dunlop appoints new national account manager

 Dunlop has appointed David Riddell as national account manager to help drive awareness of the Dunlop brand and increase sales with builders’ merchants and tradesmen throughout the UK.

Talon Manufacturing appoints new operations director

Talon Manufacturing of Gillingham has recently appointed Martin Shields as operations director.

OFTEC appoints new chairman

Martyn Bridges, director of marketing and technical support at Worcester, Bosch Group, has been appointed as the new chairman of the Oil Firing Technical Association, OFTEC.

Merriott Radiators appoints new sales director

Merriott Radiators has appointed a new sales director as part of its strategy to achieve number one market positioning.

ADEY expands UK sales operation

Adey has expanded its UK sales operation with the appointment of three further area managers to meet demand for its MagnaClean filters.

New UK sales manager at Rowlinson Timber

Rowlinson Timber has appointed Darren Hill as UK sales manager.

Claire Lambert is promoted to Showerwall brand director

Claire Lambert has been promoted from being brand manager to an enhanced role as Brand Director for the Showerwall brand.

Pipe Center and Climate Center appoints new regional sales manager

Pipe Center and Climate Center have announced the appointment of Carl Jones as regional sales manager, London and the South East. Mr Jones will work across both Pipe Center and Climate Center supporting and adding value to customers through his in-depth technical knowledge.

Franke appoints new business development manager

Steven Pittman has joined Franke Washroom Systems from Methven.

Insinkerator appoints new managing director

InSinkErator has appointed Ashley Munden to managing director, Europe. Mr Munden was previously the UK sales and marketing director reporting to Joe Ferrara, who is relocating to the USA to take up the role of vice president, international for InSinkErator.

Ideal Standard appoints new marketing director

Ideal Standard International today announced the appointment of Mike Pentecost as marketing director for Ideal Standard in the UK. Mike Pentecost will report to Keith Boad, UK Cluster Business Leader.