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NEWS | People People ABODE MARK FLETCHER


Mark Fletcher has been appointed as Abode’s new operations director. He has extensive experience in operational and general management roles. Now at Abode, he will be responsible for keeping the supply chain and service propositions efficient. Fletcher said: “I’ve been made to feel very welcome at Abode from day one and the family feel of the company, despite it being a well-established and renowned brand in the industry, is very evident. Abode has ambitious plans to develop the business and I am excited to be part of the challenges ahead.”


Here’s a look at this month’s KBB appointments


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COMMENT & OPINION


Paul Crow


“During challenging times, communication has bordered on disgraceful” pg 16


TREND INTERIORS STEVE HEALY


Trend Interiors, part of the Mereway Group, has appointed Steve Healy as business development manager. His focus will be on the bedroom side of the company. He has experience in the furniture industry, especially in the bedroom sector, having worked for Sliderobes Northern Ireland, Neville Johnson and Stylish German Bedrooms. Managing director Mark Mills said: “Steve’s appointment demonstrates the focus that the group has in its Trend portfolio, and the investment and resources committed to its continued growth.”


AQUALISA STUART CLARK AND KATE LOVELL


Aqualisa has two new senior members of staff: Stuart Clark, head of new product development and Kate Lovell, head of marketing. Clark brings with him 16 years’ experience at Morphy Richards, where he had a range of positions, including head of product innovation and quality assurance. At Aqualisa, he will be driving innovation, especially in the ‘smart’ category. Lovell joined the business in January 2020 as digital marketing manager and will now be focused on defining the company’s entire marketing and brand strategy.


Malcolm Scott “Multi gene rational living has consid er able implications for home design” pg 18


Roy Saunders


“There is no one-size-fits-all and it is important to offer flexibility” pg 20


ARMERA STEVE SWALLOW


Bathroom brand Armera has appointed Steve Swallow as its new retail sales director. He has been in the KBB industry for 10 years with the majority of that time spent working directly with independent retailers. “Now, more than ever, it seems there is a real desire from the bricks-and-mortar showrooms for suppliers to stand in their corner and fight for what is important to them,” he said. “I look forward to working with the Armera team and sharing our fresh approach with new partners in the months and years to come.”


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CAPLE IAN GARVEN


Ian Garven has joined Caple as business development manager for Scotland, following Allen Dove’s retirement. Garven previously worked for kitchen brand Omega for two years and also has sales experience in the bathroom industry. Speaking of his appointment at Caple, Garven said: “My predecessor built a very strong foundation for me to work from. Our customers know we make high-quality products, which are great value for money, and I’m enjoying assisting in the development and awareness of the brand in the region.”


IDS


STEVE BALL


Steve Ball has been appointed as technical services manager at IDS. He takes over the role from Tony Locke who has retired after being with the company for 30 years. Ball has been working in the surface industry for 20 years. He spent 12 years with McD Marketing, supporting the company’s solid surface products and most recently with Bushboard as national training manager, technical support. He will report to Andy Sutton, the commercial director at IDS, who says that Ball will be a valuable part of the team.


John Robinson “Just how brand-focused is the kitchen and bathroom consumer today?” pg 22


Wayne Dance “We need to be cautious we’re not creating a vacuum we’ll feel next year...” pg 24


· August 2021


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