Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has strengthened its presence in the Lincolnshire region by making two new appointments at its Scunthorpe branch, as well as implementing a new regional manager.

John Brandon, who has been with the company for 24 years, has become the new regional manager. Mr Brandon has been set the challenge of making Scunthorpe the first choice timber and builders’ merchant for trade and retail customers in the region. The store is set to benefit from major investment and is currently undergoing a major refurbishment, including a refit of the interior, a new flooring display, and an increased tool offering.

The addition of Kevin Danks as branch manager has brought valuable expertise and local knowledge to the team, as well as 15 years’ experience in the building industry.

Mr Danks specialises in building products, draining and civil products, and he arrived at Howarth after expressing a strong interest in being part of the development of an independent business in his hometown of Scunthorpe.

Karl Wilmore, who has worked closely with Mr Danks in the past, has also joined the team at Scunthorpe as an external sales executive. With over 13 years’ experience in the industry and a proven specialism in timber, Mr Wilmore will be focused on expanding Howarth’s customer base and supporting Mr Danks to ensure all staff are equipped with the expertise to provide customers with a first rate experience.

Mr Brandon said: “This is an exciting time for Howarth Timber’s Scunthorpe branch, and for the company as a whole as we strive to be the best timber and builders’ merchant in the UK.

“The addition of two experienced professionals has given our entire staff a boost and, with the branch refurbishment soon to take place, we are looking forward to giving our customers a better service and trading experience than ever before.”