COMMENT A source of inspiration Editor, Fiona Garcia: “I love

talking to people who are

passionate about what they do”

We have some really inspirational businesses and people in this issue, particularly two of our DIY Week Award winners, Neil Mackay of Mackays of Cambridge and Broad Street DIY, who are featured in our Independent Focus section this week. It is the part of my job that I love – talking to people who are so passionate about what they do and hearing about some of the fantastic, and occasionally really off-the-wall, ideas they have had that have resulted in a win for their business. And, because of the breadth of our industry, I have those conversations with people from righht across the independent and multiple sector. Passionate and creative people are just that, whether they

work in a multi-million pound organisation or run a one-man-band operation on the llocal high street. They all make our industry a rich, wonderful place to work in. Neil Mackay had some fantastic stories to tell from his career over the years and I feel I barely scratched the surface in the one- page interview we’ve included in this issue. However, he will be speaking at the BIRA conference on May 8, so if you’re planning to be there, I highly recommend grabbing him for a chat over coffee to find out more.

This issue also takes a look at the garden market and highlights some of the key trends you could be capitalising on to boost your bottom line, as well as top tips to help maximise sales in core garden categories.

Hopefully we’ve done our job in inspiring you this week, whether it’s learning from other savvy retailers or jump-starting your garden sales.


B&Q CEO Michael Loeve to step down

The chief executive officer of Kingfisher retailer B&Q Michael Loeve will be stepping down from his role after two years to head up supermarket Netto International in his native Denmark. Mr Loeve has been running B&Q since 2015 and has decided to take a step back for “family reasons.” He will return to Denmark where he will take up the position of senior vice president at Netto International, a Danish supermarket with stores in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Poland.

The chief executive of Netto owner Dansk Supermarked Per Bank said: “Michael’s track record speaks for itself. With the further experience, he has gained in recent years in the UK, I have no doubt that he is the right person to fulfil our ambitions for Netto across the countries.

“In addition, he is a modern leader and a thoroughly decent person characterized by sound values, all in keeping with how we want Dansk Supermarked to

4 DIY WEEK 28 APRIL 2017 Luke Murphy appointed as Glee’s

A familiar face amongst Glee’s marketing team has reason to celebrate as he becomes the show’s new permanent senior marketing executive.

Luke Murphy will be well known to many Glee exhibitors thanks to his involvement in the 2016 show under his previous role as senior partnership executive, which also saw him work across Spring and Autumn Fair, Pure and Jewellery and Watch.

Michael Loeve is leaving his role at B&Q to return to Denmark

be as a company.” Mr Loeve will remain in his position at B&Q for the next few weeks as a replacement is sought. Meanwhile, chief sales

and retail

will be leading the development of Glee’s brand and marketing

new senior marketing executive plans, and helping to build the long-term strategy for the show. The senior marketing executive role will also see Mr Murphy responsible for the management of Glee’s

full marketing In his new position, Mr Murphy

campaigns across email, online and social media channels, as well as working with both Glee’s creative teams, and media and trade association partners. Glee’s event director Matthew Mein said: “We’re incredibly pleased to confirm Luke’s new role within the Glee team. His knowledge of the show is

Masterchef winner to speak at HTA Catering Conference Dinner


officer at Kingfisher Jean-Paul Constant will take on some of Mr Loeve’s workload and responsibilities in the weeks leading up to his departure. Mr Constant said: “We’d like to thank Michael for his energy, enthusiasm and leadership of B&Q, and for the key role he has played in the One Kingfisher transformation plan.”

Reigning Masterchef champion Jane Devonshire will be the speaker at this year’s HTA Catering Conference dinner which takes at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield in June. The dinner takes place on the evening of Tuesday, June 13, after the first day of the conference, which this year is sponsored by Compass Group.

Since winning MasterChef in

2016, Ms Devonshire has taken the bull by the food horns and tested herself further by working with a number of amazing chefs including Marcus Wareing, Atol Kochhar, Jason Atherton, Michel Roux and Michael O’Hare at their

restaurants. She has also

presented at numerous food and drink shows around the UK including BBC Good Food Show, Foodies and many others.

Masterchef 2016 winner Jane Devonshire will be speaking at this year’s HTA Catering Conference

Luke Murphy is already a familiar face with several Glee exhibitors

invaluable, and no doubt he will be able to hit the ground running, helping to drive the vision and strategy for Glee both in 2017 and beyond.”

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