Smeg UK appoint Laura Jones as ‘Acting’ Head of Products S

meg UK recently announced the appointment of Laura Jones as Acting Head of Products.

Laura will oversee all categories within the Smeg product portfolio during Lucy Dunstan’s maternity. Laura will focus particularly on Smeg’s extensive range cooking and built-in appliance ranges, making the most of her previous experience in these critical business areas. Laura joins Smeg with a wealth of industry experience.

Having previously held the position of product manager at Miele for eight years, Laura also worked at Le Creuset for a further four years in the same role.

KBBG announces expansion with new sales team appointment


he Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group (KBBG),

part of DER KREIS, Europe’s foremost kitchen and bathroom buying group for independent kitchen and bathroom specialists, has announced the appointment of Neil Whitaker-Johnson as Regional Sales Manager, Midlands.

Neil joins the KBBG with substantial experience and expertise in the industry. He has held positions of national and regional sales manager in various roles across companies including Blanco, Faith Furniture Company, Astracast and 1810. Neil will support the sales team, maintaining contact with current

customers, while establishing and expanding the customer base with new independent kitchen and bathroom retailers throughout the Midlands. “This is a very exciting time in the industry and is a tremendous

opportunity. I have watched the KBBG develop and grow, delivering substantial benefits for the independent kitchen and bathroom specialist. Times are always challenging for business and this is certainly the right time for the independent retailer to come on board,” comments Neil.

“Neil joins the company with excellent industry skills, market

knowledge and experience. Neil’s credentials are vital to meet our ambitious targets and to develop the company to the next level of business growth. We are thrilled to have Neil on board,” explains Bill Miller, Managing Director of the Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group. 6 | December 2019/January 2020

Montpellier introduces new Eco cooking range


co-friendly and economy go hand in hand with the new Eco cooking range from Montpellier. The highly

anticipated range, which is geared at the contract, social housing and rental property markets, offers price fighting products without skimping on features. They include A energy rating, a two year parts and labour warranty and a competitive price point as standard. The range includes single and twin cavity, 50cm and 60cm, electric, gas and dual fuel cookers, available in white, black and stainless steel. Wes Butler, Product Manager for Montpellier said “our contract ranges have always been extremely popular, not least because they hit a realistic price point which supports business viability in the housing sector. We are delighted to introduce an even more attractive product with our new Eco range, which continues to be an affordable, stylish and reliable alternative in the market”. New models will be available from early January, with some landing in

early February.

Laura will strengthen Smeg’s product team and will be instrumental in bringing new products to market and supporting its trade channels and customers identifying key product ranges, supporting new introductions and stock profiling. Speaking of Laura’s appointment, Smeg UK

Commercial Director, Jill Ashford comments: “It is a great pleasure to have Laura on board. She knows our industry very well and has a wealth of knowledge she can bring to the team. We look forward to working with her.”

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