Position: General manager Company: Appleby Westward The job: With nearly 300 Spar stores west of a line drawn from Bristol to Southampton, the brief for Connell is to recruit new business. Over the last three years the wholesaler has added over 70 members to this area ­ and the target is 350 by 2003. "We are very optimistic that the future for independent retailers is healthy, so long as they continue to invest in and develop their business." says Connell. "Our aim is to continue to invest heavily in retailers through the Spar Millennium store package. Background: Connell joined Appleby Westward five years ago as retail director and has been sales director for the last two years. His appointment as general manager follows the move of Peter Kealy to sister company J&J Haslett. {{PEOPLE MOVES }}