THE Howarth Timber group has appointed a new manager for its flourishing Richmond branch.

Alan Nelson moves to Howarth from rivals North Yorkshire Timber Company, bringing with him his assistant manager, Steve Thornton.

Mr Nelson has more than 40 years experience in the building and timber industry.

His new role will be to build on Howarth's recent growth in the building supply trade, working with major house builders in the region to provide a comprehensive service.

Mr Thornton takes on managing the retail side of the business and is planning to increase the wide range of DIY products in stock.

Mr Nelson said: "I am delighted to be joining a company that is going from strength to strength, having established an excellent reputation."

Howarth Richmond is part of the Howarth Timber Group, established for more than 160 years. It has 29 separate divisions and branches, providing services including timber importing, timber engineering, windows and door manufacture