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GGP January 2015

Cindy Else has rejoined VITA Hardware to look after customers and business development in the south. Cindy said: “They say once you join this industry you never really leave, and coming back to VITA is something I’m delighted about. “My main focus in the next few months will be to get out and about and find out what fabricators really want from their hardware supplier in 2015, and to demonstrate how partnering with VITA can benefit their business.” Northern trade counter business, Truemans Windows, has appointed Ashley Warburton as group manager. MD, Joe Trueman, commented: "We have constantly invested in our business to accommodate growing demand by opening new branches, increasing our team, extending our product portfolio and introducing amazing new services, such as the online ordering system. In his new role, Ashley will oversee the customer service activity and satisfaction levels in all Truemans locations.” 20 PEOPLE Young but experienced Avocet Hardware has expanded its field sales presence with the appointment of three new business development managers. The Brighouse based company has appointed Mark Peach, Graham Spalding and Jamie Wilson, which takes its full-time field sales presence to eight. This is backed-up by an eight-strong telesales team working out of its head office. Rythm Jain Saigal, a director of Avocet, said: “We have new products, new distribution agreements, expanding warehouse capacity, and increasing staff numbers – so it’s fair to say that Mark, Graham and Jamie are joining at an incredibly exciting time for Avocet.” “Given their extremely impressive track records, I’m confident they will maintain this excitement by delivering a raft of new sales successes.” Mark Peach, who has most recently worked for Kalsi Plastics and Swish Building Products in sales positions, will be responsible for the Midlands. Graham Spalding will take charge of the South West and London – an area he knows well from his time at Fuhr UK and G-U. While Jamie Wilson, who previously worked with Avocet from 1999 to 2002, will take charge of the North and Scotland. Sales presence strengthened Window and door hardware manufacturer, Hoppe, has welcomed Sally Tolley as sales centre manager. Responsible for a team of 16 office based personnel, Sally explained: “I’ve really hit the ground running since joining Hoppe in July and it’s been fantastic. We have spent the last few months working through a number of new internal procedures and processes, which we plan to implement fully from January in order to make the overall customer experience a better one. “We have aligned members of the internal sales department with the sales people on the road, so everyone will now work based on territory. We believe that providing a more regular and familiar point of contact within the internal team, will help develop and further strengthen customer relationships. A key consideration for the department will be regular customer contact, to ensure we are delivering on all of the aspects they would expect from their hardware supplier. “I have a true passion for the job I do. I love seeing a team do well, which in turn means the company benefits too." www.ggp.com January 2015 Cindy’s back NorDan UK has promoted Daniel McElhinney to regional director in the Wishaw office. Daniel becomes the youngest regional director in the UK team, but lands the job with considerable experience. The 29 year-old said: “Since I joined NorDan, 12 years ago at the age of 17, I have witnessed big changes in the company, especially over recent years. I’ve even heard customers calling us ‘the New NorDan’! They are recognising the changes we have made. We are in the process of building a company ‘of the future’ in which we have employed modern apprentices, based on our success on large scale projects where community benefits and considerate contracting were paramount. “We have seen the ‘good times’ come and go through the most recent recession. While some companies have downsized and pulled out of markets, NorDan has invested in its future by going back to its foundations and sticking to its traditions, and what the company does best.” Daniel continued: “Recently, we have also been carrying out maintenance workshops for our clients to upskill their maintenance staff on properly maintaining our products to ensure they get the desired service life. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and welcome the opportunity to meet old, new or existing customers to discuss how we can help them with their projects going forward.” Sally ‘hits the ground running’ Group manager


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