National Buying Group (NBG) partners are continuing to report strong trading conditions, as evidenced by a number of new branch openings across the group. The latest launches are a new Cirencester branch for Building & Plumbing Supplies (BPS) and a new branch for County Building Supplies in Cheltenham.

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) has appointed Neil Fisher as its new director.

Stressline has hired Jan McGrath, a seasoned concrete and heavy building materials sales specialist, as its area sales manager for the southeast region.

Keylite Roof Windows has appointed Jim Blanthorne as international operations director. Mr Blanthorne joins the company as it prepares to make significant investments in its production capabilities to support ambitious growth plans.

The nominated vice president of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), Sean Parnaby, managing director of West Port Timber Windows and Doors, has been appointed as acting president with immediate effect, following the departure this week of Cliff Thrumble.

Glyn Davies has joined Lecico as specification manager for the south of England.

Les Bruce, procurement manager for timber, SCA Timber Supply.

SCA Timber Supply has enhanced its procurement function with the appointment of Les Bruce who joins the company as procurement manager for timber.

Alistair Rattenbury will be joining Norbord as the new business development manager for the South West.

Thomas Dudley is delighted to welcome Lisa Adams to its marketing department as junior marketing executive.

Ideal Commercial Boilers has appointed Andy Nichols in the role of business development manager for the North West Home Counties region..

Martin Smith, specification director at Triton Showers.

Triton has strengthened its specification team with the appointment of Martin Smith.

James FitzGerald has joined Lagan Products as area sales manager for the North West and West Yorkshire regions.

Lagan Products has appointed James FitzGerald as area sales manager for the North West and West Yorkshire regions.

Brendan McNally has joined Crystal, the made to measure PVC-U window and door supplier, as national key accounts manager.

New Wilo UK managing director, Richard Harden.

Wilo UK’s managing director Gary Mannus, who has been managing director of the company in the UK since 2009, has been appointed president region Americas. He will retain the role of group senior director sales area UK/Ireland until 31 December, 2016.

Conex Bänninger has appointed Zoe Mackay to the position of regional specification sales manager for the North East.

In continuing to strengthen its service proposition, Plasson has created and now appointed two new senior positions, both new roles to the business.

Kurt Brown has joined the Wilo UK marketing team as marketing assistant and will be working closely with the new marketing manager, Morgan Warren-Ross.

Ryan Odey joins AWMS as area sales manager.

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) continues to add to its growing team with the appointment of Ryan Odey as area sales manager for Alumasc Rainwater and Gatic Civil Drainage.

Graham, The Plumbers’ Merchant recently celebrated the service of two loyal and experienced staff members. Having joined in 1976, Jim Gray and Ian Yuill have both been with the business for 40 years.

Ben Sutton has taken over the running of Sutton Timber.

After 20 years of successful trading, supplying timber to builders, architects and clients direct, Ben Sutton has taken over the running of the business.

Albion Valves has created a new role to boost sales and marketing across all areas of the business. The recent appointment of Jodie Seymour as marketing manager will be a valuable new resource to support the Albion team, and will help drive the sales and marketing strategy.

SCA Timber Supply is pleased to announce it has appointed Bruce McKay as supply chain and procurement director. He replaces the current supply chain and procurement director, John Lloyd, who leaves SCA at the end of December.

Titon Holdings has announced the appointment of Kevin Sargeant as a non-executive director. Mr Sargeant is a well-known figure in the ventilation industry, having joined Vent-Axia in 1990 and being instrumental in its growth and development.

Azpects has recently recruited an apprentice office administrator. Katherine Wilding joined the company in July and is currently working towards an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration.

Sektor has appointed Georgina Fitzgerald as regional sales manager for the Midlands. The new role will be central to developing business in the region and expanding the support offered to customers.

Mike Skivington is Fernox’s new regional sales manager for the South East.

Fernox has appointed Mike Skivington as regional sales manager for the South East.

Allegion has strengthened its team with the appointment of a new commercial director and senior quality manager.

Roger Stewart is one of two new recruits to join Flexseal.

Flexseal has recently enhanced its external team with two new area sales manager appointments.

Mike Ward is now managing director of Metsä Wood UK.

Mike Ward has been appointed as managing director of Metsä Wood UK and succeeds Mike Lomas.

Kent Blaxill has appointed Nick Scully as branch manager at its store in Colchester.

Nick Scully has joined Kent Blaxill as branch manager at its store in Colchester.

Builders’ Merchant Co has appointed Richard Anderson as apprentice yard assistant.

Builders’ Merchant Co (BMCO) continues to support the youth of today by recruiting a new apprentice at its branch in Hull.

Supertouch has appointed Selwyn Smith as supply chain manager for the UK. Mr Smith will be based at the Supertouch National Distribution Centre in the West Midlands, where he will be responsible for leading the supply chain team that supports customers across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Sophia Jelaca has joined AWMS’ Merchant Support Team.

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) has expanded its Merchant Support Team with the appointment of Sophia Jelaca as account development manager for the central area.

Lucia Di Stazio is the new managing director at MRA Marketing.

In a move to consolidate the next growth period, Lucia Di Stazio has been appointed as managing director of MRA Marketing.

Hanson Cement has made a number of new senior appointments within its packed products team: Andy Simpson becomes national commercial director; Chris Hall joins Hanson as national account manager; and Jack Vincent is promoted to field sales manager, a new position within the company.

Virtual Worlds is continuing to grow with the addition of two new regional sales representatives. Miles Maunganidze and Brandon Kwesiga have joined the firm to help drive sales of its design software and raise awareness of the product in businesses across the south of England, the Midlands and Wales.

The BMF has appointed Matt Haines as regional manager for the West Midlands, North West and North Wales, with effect from 15 August 2016.

UK timber window and door specialist Dale has appointed Matt Chambers as national sales manager to oversee the company's continued nationwide growth.

L-r: Mark Hickingbottom and Andy Simpson.

Hanson Cement has made two senior promotions; Mark Hickingbottom has been appointed national commercial director, bulk cement; while Andy Simpson becomes national commercial director – packed.

Polyvine has appointed David Clayton as national sales manager covering its specialist stockist, general retail and professional user markets throughout the UK. His remit is to build sales for the company’s decorating and wood care ranges with existing and new accounts and to create a national sales team for the company.

Filplastic has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of Simon Cobb.

Racking supplier Filplastic has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of Simon Cobb.

Elliotts has bolstered its marketing team with the addition of marketing manager, Julie Shaw.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has appointed David Harding as its first Public Affairs consultant for Wales.

Actavo has appointed Paul Madders to head its Birmingham flagship branch. His appointment as branch manager coincides the opening of a new training facility designed to offer both customer and in-house training courses.

Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has appointed Clinton Young to the role of national specification manager.

Filplastic has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of Simon Cobb, who will oversee Filplastic’s larger national projects from proposal stage through to design, fit out and completion, ensuring jobs run smoothly and to time.

Andrew Wilkinson, European sales director, Kerridge Commercial Systems.

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has appointed Andrew Wilkinson as European sales director, with an initial focus on the UK.

Hamilton has appointed Tim Hewitt as area sales manager for the north. An experienced sales manager, Mr Hewitt has previously worked within the jewellery and electrical accessories industries and has worked for major household names including Karcher and Armeg.

Gaynor Dukes has recently joined the CCF team.

Insulation and interior building products distributor CCF has recently appointed roofing insulation specialists Gaynor Dukes and Lyndon Gray to help drive forward the company’s recently introduced commercial and industrial flat roofing range.

Weatherite Group has announced two employee promotions at senior level. The company promoted Ricky Brookes from general manager to director and Daniel Male to general manager at Weatherite Aluminium Solutions.

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