New chief in post

THE Co-operative Group has appointed David Mockford as chief officer for its North Eastern and Cumbrian and Northern regions, with operational responsibility for 300 supermarkets and convenience stores.

THE Co-operative Group has appointed David Mockford as chief officer for its North Eastern and Cumbrian and Northern regions, with operational responsibility for 300 supermarkets and convenience stores.

David has more than 20 years’ experience in food retailing, joining the Co-op as a graduate trainee in 1988. He has previously headed retail operations for the group in the South-east and was responsible for managing the integration of the Balfour and Conveco store chains, which the Co-op acquired in 2003 and 2004, into its portfolio.

In for award

STOCKTON-BASED Benson Wood has been nominated for the North East Accountancy Awards ‘Firm Of The Year’. The company has been short listed for this prestigious award along with PriceWaterHouseCoopers and a provincial practice in County Durham. “This is a tremendous accolade for the practice,” said Graham Thompson, managing partner.

Powering ahead

SECURE power solutions provider Chloride Group reported underlying pre-tax profits up 39% to £21.7m for the year to the end of March. The group boasted a £22.8m increase in its order book to £81.4m.

Trading progress

FLOORING and fabrics specialist Low and Bonar said trading in the six months to end of May was in line with expectations. The firm said its flooring division had made “encouraging progress”, with higher sales of its manufactured branded products offsetting declining third-party sourced product sales to the Ministry of Defence.

Workspace acquired

SUPPORT services firm Lavendon Group, which specialises in providing temporary aerial access, has acquired Wizard Workspace for up to £2.15m. Wizard operates a rental fleet of 1,300 machines in the UK, through a network of nine depots with a head office in Norwich.

B&Q expand in East

KINGFISHER-OWNED home improvement firm B&Q has opened its first store in Hong Kong, bringing its total presence in China to 60 outlets. The shop is located on two storeys of the fashionable new Megabox shopping mall in Kowloon Bay, East Kowloon.

In talks over deal

DUBLIN-BASED aggregates business Readymix said it was in discussions with a potential buyer about the possible disposal of selective parts of its concrete products division.

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