Louise Young, managing director of Autumn Fair and Spring Fair, will leave her post from January 2019. Julie Driscoll will be taking over the management

of Spring and Autumn Fair from Louise, when she becomes the UK regional director for ITE Group next year. Julie is currently managing director of the shows’ Fashion Portfolio and has been working in the events industry for over 10 years. Louise commented: “Julie and I have worked closely together for nine years, so I’m delighted to be passing these shows into her capable hands. It has been an incredibly difficult decision to leave and one that I have given significant thought to. However, it is absolutely the right time for me to consider other opportunities. The events now are well set with the re-edits planned and major investments on buyer programmes signed off by our board. “I would like to thank our customers - both

exhibitors and retailers - and our highly supportive L-R: Louise Young, Julie Driscoll

trade partners for making me feel so welcome in what is a fabulous and incredible industry, and I’m sure the industry will do likewise for Julie.” Julie said: “Under the new ownership of ITE Group, these major retail events will deliver a higher return on investment for our exhibitors and an unrivalled return on time for buyers. It’s an exciting time for the industry and one that I’m looking forward to helping our customers navigate for their continued business success.”

Strong Trading at Leekes

South Wales-based Leekes Retail and Leisure Group has reported a year of strong results. The family-run business

achieved turnover of more than £85 million in the year to 31 March 2018, which resulted in an EBITDA of £4.3 million and strong pre-tax profits. In the first half of the 2018-9 financial year, it has seen a further improvement in group turnover and profits with the directors delighted to announce that the Group has already achieved last year’s EBITDA after just eight months of trading. The Group operates four home department stores at Bilston in the West Midlands,

Llantrisant near Cardiff, Cross Hands in Carmarthenshire and Melksham in Wiltshire, along with three concessions within Wyevale garden centres (selling conservatories, orangeries, windows and doors) in Thornbury, Swindon and Hereford. The retail business built upon its expansion into England with the acquisition of the Park Furnishers store in Bristol in 2016. Emma Leeke, managing

director of Leekes Retail, said: “We’re very pleased to post a great set of results in what has been a particularly challenging retail environment. Our trading in the first half has also been

exceptional, with retail profits up substantially as a result of the excellent performance of our conservatory, window and door division as well as our fitted kitchen and bathroom departments.”

EPE recruits non- executive director

Housewares distributor EPE International has appointed Paul Beaumont as a non-executive director of the business. Paul is an entrepreneur with extensive

experience of start-ups, predominantly in the global technology sector. Semi-retired five years ago, he now works with businesses on behalf of Leeds Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and is also a non-executive director of Usha Martin Technologies. EPE International distributes branded small domestic appliances such as Philips, Kenwood, De’Longhi, Bugatti, Krups, Bosch, Breville, Crockpot, Dreamland, Food Saver, Hostess, Kärcher, Rowenta, Russell Hobbs and Tefal, to cookshop, electrical and department store retailers. The Bradford-based business was named as one of the ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ in the London Stock Exchange Group’s 2018 report of some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. In a joint statement, EPE co-founders Harry Singh and Noel Pamment said: “We’re pleased to welcome Paul officially to the EPE International team. We’ve been working with Paul for the last six months through the Leeds LEP High Growth Coaching Programme and have been impressed with his wide breadth of knowledge and experience of running start-ups and SMEs, through to blue-chip organisations with annual revenues in excess of £250 million. “In particular, Paul brings substantial

experience in distribution systems and operations and has extensive experience of growing sales and revenues by unlocking the underlying potential in growing businesses.”


Senior leadership change for Autumn Fair and Spring Fair

New to our shores. Introducing the new marina range by Virginia Casa.

A beautiful collection of hand-painted serving bowls and platters inspired by the diverse and unique ocean-life found in our seas.

Available at WWW.ICTC.CO.UK

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