Clapp, Norman and Gehin join B&Q gardening buying team

B&Q has confirmed three new appointments to its seasonal team, as part of a "strategic refresh and strengthening of its gardening and outdoor offer".

Tim Clapp
Tim Clapp

Tim Clapp joins as lead buyer for Horticulture and Garden Care. He was previously head of horticulture at Wyevale Garden Centres and was at B&Q before that. At B&Q, his responsibilities will include overseeing the range of plants, compost and garden care products on offer.

Clapp will speak at Horticulture Week's Garden Retail supply chain summit on 26 February.

Mike Norman, who has worked at B&Q for nearly six years, assumes the role of lead buyer for garden maintenance. He was in B&Q direct sourcing management and before that at Homebase and Wickes.

Sophie Gehin joins B&Q as lead buyer for style and leisure, with her remit covering Christmas, pots, garden furniture and barbecues. She specialises in Far East sourcing and worked previously at Wyevale Garden Centres as the furniture and barbecue buyer. 

B&Q seasonal director Stephen Pitcher, who joined from Wyevale in 2014, said: "Our aim is to appeal to a wide base of green fingered customers, making B&Q a destination for seasoned gardeners and novices alike.

"Each member of our new team brings with them a great wealth of experience in garden and horticulture care. We’re thrilled to have them on board and we’re looking forward to working with them to see this area of the business flourish."


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