COMMENT Akzo’s brush with PPG Editor, Fiona Garcia: “It was

the kind of boardroom drama you might expect to see on screen...”

The timing of PPG’s unsuccessful bid to takeover Akzo Nobel has coincided nicely with our decorating special in this issue. However, as we only have a small section of our front page to be able to dedicate to the latest news in print, you may want to venture online to diyweek. net to read more around the tos and fros of the attempted acquisition. Because of the global notoriety and sheer scale of the two companies involved, the whole process was played out in the national media and people have followed with great interest. Events took a sensational turn when one of Akzo’s investors, Elliott Brothers, led a move to oust chairman Antony Burgmans, at which point Dulux’s parent firm announced it had reported the 3.25% stakeholder for intending to share potentially price sensitive information and asking it to clarify its relationship and history with PPG. It was the kind of boardroom drama you might expect to see on screen and left people wondering what the next twist in the story could be. Aside from all the excitement in the paint industry, this issue also includes tips on ways to boost your decorating sales – whether that’s about building a better narrative instore, finding new ways to inspire your customers or capitalising on the latest trends. Having attended a talk about the use of colour by Dulux creative director Marianne Schillingford at the BIRA Conference this week, I can reliably inform you that blue – particularly indigo – will be big this year, as will colour blocking, circular shapes and the use of pinstriping to create added detail and frame colours. My very brief summary of what was a very insightful talk, so look out for that in an upcoming issue and, in the meantime, enjoy our look at the decorating market from page 10.

PEOPLE NEWS New finance director for Squire’s

Squire’s Garden Centres has appointed Mark Wilson as the new finance director. Mr Wilson joins Squire’s with a wealth of experience, having worked for Unilever for nearly 25 years in a variety of finance, buying and corporate strategy roles, as well as working for 10 years as finance director at Vitacress, a family-owned supplier of fresh produce to the grocery trade. Squire’s managing director Martin Breddy said: “I am delighted to announce that Mark Wilson has joined Squire’s Garden

Centres as our Finance Director, replacing Steven Palmer who retired at the end of April after 8 years service at Squire’s. “Mark is very familiar with our business, having lived for many years near our Woking centre, and is now based in Fleet, near our Badshot Lea centre and the Group Office. He joins Squire’s with extensive knowledge and experience, and I and the rest of the team look forward to working closely with him to continue developing and growing the successful family business.”

Deco-Pak welcomes new company director and sales manager

The general manager for Deco-Pak Rod Slater has become the new company director, and the decorative aggregate specialist has also welcomed new national sales and key account manager Bruce Atkinson. For customers, this

Mark Wilson is the new financial director at Squire’s

New faces at The National DIY Show

Sales manager Robert Gouge joins the 2018 event’s sales team from Alad Ltd, working with area sales manager Emily Cox, who is now solely dedicated to the show. Going forward, Emily Cox will now solely be dedicated to the National DIY Show, having previously been part of the Builders’ Merchants News and Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing Magazine team. She is joined by Robert Gouge,

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who has extensive experience on exhibition sales, having successfully worked on Seeing is Believing, Traffex and Road Expo at publisher Alad Ltd, which joined with Hemming Group at the end of 2016. Lucyanne Matthews continues to head up the team as group commercial manager and will be issuing information soon on an exhibitor open day, date to be confirmed in September 2017.

represents a move to more efficient and more experienced company structure, with the appointment simultaneously freeing founder Mike Hall to take on the role of chairman. Bruce Atkinson, formerly of Pacific Lifestyle, comes to the company after over 15

years garden industry sales experience. As Deco-Pak’s national sales and key accounts manager, Mr Atkinson’s appointment is intended to be seen as a statement of intent from the West Yorkshire based company in terms of expansion and growth across its key product categories landscaping, gardening and wild bird care.

Mr Atkinson is currently working with a number of national retailers and garden centre chains developing bespoke ranges and point of sale initiatives.

Director Rod Slater welcomes new national sales and key accounts manager Bruce Atkinson to the recently upgraded Deco-Pak offices near Halifax

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