To help celebrate the Rainy Day Trust’s 175th anniversary and fundraising drive, a team from Decco’s Newton Abbot branch including the manager, Keith Willey embarked on the 100 mile walk across Exmoor and Dartmoor, which is known as the Two Moors Way.  The trek took four and a half days and raised £650 for the Rainy Day Trust.

Describing the experience, Keith said, “We started in the beautiful coastal village of Lynmouth north of Exmoor and finished in the town of Ivybridge on the southern fringes of Dartmoor.  The first day was pretty exhausting with a constant climb of over 1500 ft before levelling off into a 14 mile walk to Withypool, where we stopped overnight.

“The next three days were a mixture of picturesque riverside and woodland walks and open moorland, averaging over 23 miles per day.  All told it was a satisfying achievement, enjoying some spectacular Somerset and Devon countryside, losing a few pounds along the way, but raising many more for the Rainy Day Trust!”

Keith was accompanied by colleagues, Martin Valuks and Barry Kennings. Keith and Barry are pictured at the start of the adventure.

The Two Moors Way walk was just one of a series of fundraising initiatives being undertaken by Decco personnel – all in aid of the RDT 175th Anniversary appeal.



Leading home improvement and garden wholesaler, Decco has appointed Martin Sutcliffe as Manager for Decco Leeds, following Andrew Ballantine's promotion to Chief Operating Officer. The appointment is effective from 1st August 2018.

Martin joins Decco from sister company Edmundson Electrical, where he began his career in 2011 as a graduate trainee. Since then he has managed three different branches, the most recent being Edmundson Electrical Grimsby.

Commenting on his appointment, Martin said, "I'm delighted to be joining one of the most respected names in the garden and home improvement industry in these exciting times. It's a real opportunity to deliver great service and support to our retail customers, while offering our supplier partners the best route to the marketplace."



DECCO appoints Andrew Ballantine as new Chief Operating Officer

Leading home improvement and garden wholesaler, Decco has appointed Andrew Ballantine as its Chief Operating Officer, following the departure of Charlie Lacey to take up a position as Managing Director of the Stearn Electric Company Limited.

The appointment is effective from 1st June 2018.Andrew joined Decco in 1998 and was appointed Profit Centre Manager for Sheffield in 1999 before taking up his current role of Profit Centre Manager for Leeds in 2003. With his 20 years’ service, he brings with him a wealth of knowledge of the industry.

Commenting on his appointment, Andrew said,

“I’m delighted to be leading the team at Decco in these exciting times.  Decco remains committed to offering a great service to our customers and to offering our suppliers the best route to market for their products.”

Both Decco and Stearn are among the eight subsidiary businesses belonging to Newbury Investments (UK) Limited.




Harris And Decco Confirm Independent Retailer Partnership 

Leading paint brush and roller manufacturer Harris and national home improvement and garden wholesaler Decco have agreed a distribution partnership to support independent retailers.  The agreement, effective immediately provides retailers with access to a wide range of quality brushes, rollers, decorating tools and brooms under the Harris, Lynwood and Groundsman brands. 
Through the partnership, retail customers can benefit from Decco’s low minimum order value, regular scheduled deliveries, competitive pricing and the ability to order in singles rather than cases.  In addition, an extensive calendar of promotions has been agreed, which will further enhance the competitiveness of the offer.

Chris Scott, Sales Director for Harris commented “Decco carries a comprehensive range of Harris products giving excellent choice and value to independent retailers.  With its national coverage from its regional centres, it can ensure great service across the UK and increased ease of ordering for Harris stockists”

Charlie Lacey, Chief Operating Officer for Decco commented “We’re delighted to be working closely with Harris as a preferred wholesaler. The Harris product ranges, brand ethos and position as market leader ties in perfectly with our exclusively branded product strategy.”

Independent retailers and Decco customers, Andrew and Christine Maddock from Morrey’s of Holme Chapel, who currently order their Harris stock through Decco commented, “We’d encourage any retailer to order Harris product from Decco - it’s a no brainer.  We switched our Harris direct business to Decco some years ago and have benefitted greatly from their fast deliveries and wide stock holding, while still enjoying similar terms to Harris direct, Andrew continued, “Combining our Harris orders with Decco’s other leading brands also means we don’t have to wait to meet the Harris minimum order value.”


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