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Paul Hansord has decided that the time has come for him to retire and enjoy more time with his growing family having recently become a grandfather for the first time.
Paul says: “Following the acquisition of the Thompson & Morgan group by BVG, I'm very confident that T&M is in safe hands for the future. BVG's investments and clear goals on customer service and quality, and the introduction of a new Horticultural team, means that T&M will positively embark on its next chapter. Like all businesses success relies on adaptation to the market and ever-changing customer expectations. I feel that the BVG and T&M Executive team understand what customers want and are prepared to invest time, energy and money into the future.
With this confidence in the leadership of T&Ms future, I feel I can make some personal changes by taking life a little easier and enjoying more family time. Therefore from 1st November 2017, I'll be reducing my workload to three days a week with the intent to retire from the business in the early summer of 2018.
I've been proud to have been involved with the success of T&M over the past 30 years, none of which would have been achieved without the dedication of all my colleagues past and present. It is with mixed emotions therefore that I make my decision but we all have to slow down sometime! I wish the BVG Group and all my colleagues the best in continuing to make T&M the market leader through innovation, quality and service.”
Paul isn’t the only one who has decided to start taking things more easy.
After many years with Thompson & Morgan Neil Sharpe, Head of Retail Sales, is also retiring. Christine Wilcock, who has been with the company for over 40 years also leaves to enjoy her retirement. As Neil’s right-hand woman Christine has also played a big role in the growth and success of the Retail channel.
The company also announces the appointment of Joseph Cordy as Head of B2B Sales and Jenny Palmer as Retail Sales Manager.
Joseph brings with him an extremely impressive sales background and an energy and enthusiasm that will hold him in good stead whilst he learns more about our industry, colleagues and customers. Joseph will be responsible for the Retail and Wholesale channels.
Jenny has a strong horticultural background and has been with the company for the last 3 years as one of the Buying team. Jenny will head up the sales team.
Together their brief is to continue to grow the Retail channel. Over the next few weeks Joseph and Jenny will be out on the road meeting the most important people at T&M, the customers.
As part of this growth strategy the company is looking to employ a Business Development Manager for the Retail team. Their brief will be to be on the road winning new business before handing these accounts over to our experienced sales managers. This should not only generate new business but also ensure that existing accounts get the very best service from their area sales manager as they will be solely focused on the existing customer base.
The Horticultural team, led by Paul Masters, are hard at work developing products that will bring something new to UK gardeners, as well as making sure the quality is the best in the market. Kris Collins will be joining the team as Quality Control Manager with the aim to further improve our already famous quality and service. Kris has worked within the industry for over 20 years and brings an acute eye for detail that will ensure nothing leaves without his stamp of approval.
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