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Ikea appoints new country retail manager


Ikea has appointed Peter Jelkeby as country retail manager with responsibility for the UK and Ireland.


Taking over from Javier Quiñones, who joins Ikea USA as country retail manager, Mr Jelkeby will continue to strengthen Ikea’s position as the number one home furnishing retailer in the UK and Ireland and will lead the on-going transformation of the Ikea business, at a challenging time for the retail industry. Commenting on his new role, Mr Jelkeby said: “I’m delighted


to return to Ikea UK and Ireland at such a significant point in our history, as we evolve and renew our business to ensure Ikea’s continued success. Building on many years of solid growth, we are responding to the changing needs of our customers to secure an Ikea that is affordable, reaches more people, delivers excellent


EP Barrus expands its merchandising team


Garden tools and accessories supplier EP Barrus has expanded its merchandising team to meet demand as the business continues to grow.


The latest recruit to the team is James Utton, who joins EP Barrus with years of experience in garden centre retail. Mr Utton said: “I’m delighted to be part of the merchandising team at Barrus where I will be looking after the South East region of the UK. Coming


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from a garden centre in my previous role has given me additional experience in setting up products in store and made me aware of the high level of service Barrus provides.”


customer experience and is truly people and planet positive.” Swedish-born Peter Jelkeby returns to Ikea, having enjoyed an extensive career of over 20 years with the company in Sweden, Russia, Vietnam and the UK and Ireland. He began as a part-time co-worker in his local store before joining Ikea Trading AG and went on to secure further experience across the business in a number of positions including store manager at Ikea Lakeside, sales and communications manager and deputy retail manager at Ikea UK and Ireland.


In recent years, Peter worked at Swedish retailer Clas Ohlson where he was executive vice president/chief operating officer, director of operations and most recently acting CEO.


HTA appoints director of policy and


The HTA has appointed James Clark as director of policy and communications. Mr Clark, who joins the HTA in June, has held a number of public affairs roles – most recently as UK public affairs and advocacy lead at pharmaceutical


company


Sanofi. Prior to that he was senior manager – public affairs GB at Coca-Cola European Partners for seven years where his role included working on packaging and recycling policy and stakeholder engagement. Prior to that he was public


Covers Brighton raises £35k for Cancer Research


Covers Timber & Builders Merchants in Brighton has helped charity supporters from Newick RFC in East Sussex raise £35,000 for Cancer Research during a special rugby match.


The event, called Newick RFC Kicks Cancer into Touch, was organised after the club’s chairman, Wayne Thomas, was diagnosed with cancer. Covers Brighton provided its support by sponsoring the team shirts.


communications affairs manager at Sainsbury’s, public affairs officer at the British Dental Association and worked as a researcher for Tim Loughton MP. HTA President Adam Taylor


said: “We are delighted that James will be joining the HTA in this new role of Director of Policy and Communications. With so many key topics impacting the industry from plant health and growing media to sustainability and Brexit related considerations it is such an important time to ensure that the voice of the industry is heard.”


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