COMMENT The end of an era Editor, Fiona Garcia:

“Until there is a real hunger for a dedicated trade show, such an

event would flounder”

It looks as though we may have reached the end of the road with Totally DIY/The National DIY Show. While the statement from Brintex hints that it may resurrect the trade show again in 2019, noises from the industry suggest this outcome is highly unlikely and that the only thing that could save the event now is for another party to buy it and plough some serious investment into the format. While some weren’t particularly surprised to see the show bid

its farewells to the industry it has served for more than two dec- ades, many agreed it was disappointing it hadn’t been able to turn its fortunes around.

So what now for suppliers – a number of whom said they still felt there was a need for a trade show in the sector? Some are looking to Spring Fair’s DIY & Home Improvement

sector, which is due to run just as the National DIY Show would have closed its doors next February. Others, meanwhile, are likely to divert their spend to smaller regional trade shows or try and get creative with their marketing budget and find ways of gaining the same level of exposure. Time will tell whether the industry will miss having a dedi- cated trade show. However, I do believe that, until there is a real hunger for such an event, where suppliers of all sizes have a vested interest and sense of shared ownership and responsibility for its success – as suppliers in the housewares sector do with Exclusively – it would ultimately flounder.

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Andrew Livingston quits Screwfix for Howdens

Screwfix Direct CEO Andrew Livingston will replace founder Howden Joinery Group CEO Matthew Ingle when he retires next year after 22 years with the group.

Mr Livingston held the role of commercial and e-commerce director at Screwfix from 2009 to 2013. Previously he was commercial director and chief

operating officer of Wyevale Garden Centres Plc and before that, commercial director of kitchens and bathrooms at B&Q. Howdens chairman Richard Pennycook said: “I am very pleased to welcome Andrew. He has developed an outstanding track record at Screwfix where he developed great relationships with its trade customers.”

Akzo Nobel CEO Ton Büchner steps down with immediate effect

Akzo Nobel has announced that chief executive Ton Büchner has stepped down with immediate effect for health reasons and replaced by Thierry Vanlancker. Mr Büchner joined Akzo Nobel in 2012 and has been responsible for significantly improving the performance of the company, increasing profitability and cash flow to record levels. His

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successor Thierry Vanlancker was most recently head of specialty chemicals at Akzo Nobel, having joined the company in 2016. Prior to this he was president of Fluoroproducts for Chemours. Akzo Nobel supervisory board chairman Antony Burgmans said “It is with great regret that Ton is stepping down. He has been an outstanding leader for Akzo Nobel and will be greatly missed.”

Toolbank employee’s close shave for charity

Mel Wilcock, who works at Toolbank Cwmbran, has shaved her head to raise funds for three charities: TOGS Centre Torfae, Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) and The Little Princess Trust. Mrs Wilcock and her husband Rob, who is a Toolbank sales manager in south Wales, regularly engage in charity work for children. “I really wanted to do something special and make it a challenge for my hair is my comfort

blanket and means a great deal to me,” said Mrs Wilcock. You can donate until July 31 at melissawilcock1

Centurion appoints new head of sales

Centurion Europe has brought Simon Hutchinson on board as head of sales.

Mr Hutchinson brings with him a wealth of experience in leading a sales force, his previous roles including commercial manager at MGB Plastics and senior sales manager at Lyreco for 17 years. His appointment follows the announcement that Centurion has opened a sales and distribution office in the Middle East. Centurion says it is confident that

Mr Hutchinson’s knowledge of managing key accounts alongside a busy sales force will ensure growth targets are achieved. Centurion Europe sales and marketing director Peter Stone said: “Simon will play a key part in ensuring our commercial strategy meets the needs of our customers as well as the business.” Centurion has invested heavily

in core areas of the business such as distribution, with a warehouse management system upgrade.

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