There have been a number of recent personnel changes at IBC Buying Group. Firstly, Paul Read and Dave Robertson have been promoted to the positions of Joint Managing Directors, having previously been Joint Commercial Directors of the group.
In addition, Richard Blake has joined as the Group’s new Data Manager with responsibility for developing and consolidating all aspects of Data Management for the Buying Group, its Members and Supplier Partners.
MD Paul Taylor said: “Our company has grown very quickly over the past two years and it became clear that we needed an in-house team to support our communications and marketing development. This has proved a smart decision, and we have been really pleased with the effect this has had on our business. The department is growing so quickly that the team decided to take on an apprentice to provide additional support and nurture new talent.”
Toolstream has appointed James Whitaker and Laura Cansfield as Marketing Director and Head of Workwear respectively. The pair both join from Dickies Workwear and James will oversee the company’s full portfolio of brands, including the Scruffs workwear range plus Silverline tools and woodworking tool specialist, Triton. Laura, meanwhile, will bring her years of experience in workwear to oversee brand growth avenues and new product creation for Scruffs.
In addition, Rob Haines has also joined the firm from Dickies to become Toolstream’s new Head of Sales.
Nicola Lees has been appointed to the position of Business Development Manager at Kinedo. Prior to joining the team at Kinedo, Nicola worked for City Plumbing Supplies for five years as a Senior Account Manager.
Nicola is tasked with gaining specifications with regional housebuilders and to develop sales in the leisure sector as well as within bathroom showrooms. She will also be the first line of support for national and independent merchants for both Saniflo and Kinedo.
Asa Dixon has become the latest new recruit for Summerbridge. He joins the kitchen company as Business Development Manager for Yorkshire and Lancashire, supporting its full range of customers across the M62 corridor.
Asa joins the sales support team and brings with him over 15 years of experience working in the construction industry having previously worked for the Birtley Group and Saint-Gobain.
WernerCo’s Graduate Training Programme, part of its ongoing commitment to supporting merchants and retailers, is now well underway with the first intake of graduates already embarking on their new careers as Field Sales Merchandisers.
Since their appointment in January, the successful recruits, which include 21-year-old Ewan Goodwin and 23-year-old Rachel Oakes, have already been integrated into the wider WernerCo Merchandising team. As well as being the first point of call for customers seeking further support, the new graduates are helping customers to utilise the POS and marketing materials that are available.