Out-of-town value chain Matalan has snared Geraldine Higgins from high-street retailer Bhs to head its women's wear unit.

Higgins will take on the role in January, taking the place of Jane Hotz, who quit in a voluntary redundancy agreement in August.

Higgins previously worked for Matalan before she took on her current role of senior buyer at Bhs.

Matalan announced in August that it was axing about 300 jobs as part of a cost-cutting scheme.