Anna has been with us for some time now working in the office handling customer enquiries, stock control and Invoices. Anna came to SOLEX last year and represented the company on our stand. Since then she has shown a keen interest in becoming involved in Sales directly with the customers so we have decided to put Anna out on the road seeing customers. Initially she will work alongside Steven Wain our National Sales Manager getting know customers and the way our sales team works after that she will be going to see customers nationwide on a regular basis.
Since becoming the Midlands representative for Katie Blake and Glencrest Seatex Anthony has developed business in his area by an amazing level he is a long way ahead of his associates. An extremely professional business man we are pleased to have Anthony as part of our team
Chris started in Garden centres at 15 years old growing plug plants and bedding at Gordon Riggs Garden Centre and furthered his experience at Daisy Nook GC and Tong Garden Centre. Chris has many years’ experience in Sales Management working for well-known companies, Peter Smith Garden Furniture, Stax and Scotts Miracle Gro as an Area Manager covering the North East. He joined Workforce agencies in February 2017, looking after the North West, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire and is regarded as a popular, reliable and professional sales manager.
Cory looks after our administration, including the accounts and credit control. She has lots of experience and does an excellent job dealing with customers and difficult staff on the odd day. She’s very bright and enjoys a challenge and that’s good because every day there’ something new. Great to work alongside Cory enjoys her job.
We are very pleased to announce that Edd Willoughby has joined us covering the South West. Edd is well known on the area and he tells us his customers like him, what do you think? He has been in business as a professional Sales Agent for 15 years and is proud to offer Glencrest and Katie Blake Furniture along with his other products. Married and living in Exeter he is slap bang in the centre of the area we have designated.
Gedas is from Lithuania, and is a very hard working and smart young man. He has been with the company for over 6 years and looks after our parasol and parasol base stock. Given we sell over 100,000 parasols and bases every year he is a busy man. If you order Parasols Gedas will have been involved. Gedas also helps with cushion production.
Gwyn has been represented Glencrest in the South East of England and South London for over 10 years. What Gwyn doesn’t about Garden Furniture isn’t worth knowing. He will spend a long time helping you to merchandise both Cushions and Parasols, he also helps when containers of Katie Blake arrive.
Jack is our Chairman and Managing Director. Jack started the business back in 1981 from his back bedroom in Shoeburyness Essex. He remembers not having enough money for the petrol to visit a customer in Birmingham and decided to drive all the way there and all the way back at 50 mph. You will not believe how little fuel you use if you do that it saved a fortune. A fortune at that time was a fiver. Now the company employs 30 people and many more in the Far East where Jack seems to spend most of his days. Jack should be retired now but he still enjoys his work and he has excellent staff around him and the Company is going from strength to strength
Jim has been representing Glencrest and Katie Blake for a number of years now and is very well known in Scotland. Jim is a good agent who understands the business and looks after his customers like they were family. A great Character Jim is fun to be with and we are proud to have Jim on board.
Glencrest Seatex and Katie Blake are extremely pleased that Lisa Wharton has joined us as our representative for the North East. Lisa is very well known and is delighted to be offering our products to her customers. Working from her home in Newcastle Upon Tyne she will be operating from the Northumberland down to Lincolnshire and across to the county borders of Yorkshire and Lancashire.
Mark represents Katie Blake and Glencrest Seatex in East Anglia, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and North London. Mark has been with Glencrest for 2 years now and has developed with his customers who are keen to offer our products.
Neil looks after our UK Production of cushions and parasols. We still make 90% of our cushions in the UK so we can control the quality better. Cushions and Parasols is still a major part of our business and Neil has more than 15 people to manage at Wickford. Neil has been with the company over 20 years.
Rachel looks after Quality Control in all our far East factories. She has experience in garden Furniture and is quite a strong and powerful lady, something you need to be when dealing with Far East suppliers.
Ray has been with the company for over 18 years. Ray is our main driver and covers the country in our new fleet of 18 ton trucks, he says they are so comfortable, he has trouble keeping awake. Ray knows almost everything about our products and often advises warehouse staff about handling and how to display them. Earlier this year Ray had a Heart Attack in the warehouse. He frightened us all and was taken to Hospital by Helicopter to be honest he was not breathing when he left here and we thought the worst. Ray was off for 6 months but is now fully recovered and has been passed fit to drive HGV’s, well done Ray you are amazing.
I’ve been in the industry for 18 years, started out as aquatics buyer at Stapeley Water Gardens before joining the highly respected Workforce Agencies as an area sales agent in 2009, looking after the North West. With a strong customer base managing a varied portfolio of products, Sam is regarded as a reliable and professional Sales Agent, well known through out the region. We are delighted with the initial progress Sam has made and look forward to working closely with Sam.
Sharon has a wealth of experience in Office Administration and is looking after the systems, the trucks, the customers, her main role is General Office Manager. If you have a complaint or a query then Sharon is your person.
We are pleased to announce that Steven has been promoted as Managing Director. Steven joined the Company five years ago after leaving Alexander Rose as an area representative and joining Glencrest and Katie Blake managing the East Anglia area as a Salesman. It was soon evident that Steve was a good catch for us as he increased business dramatically in that area. Since then he has gone on and two years ago become Sales Director under Jack Whiteley our Managing Director at that time. Jack is giving up his position as Managing Director and continuing as Chairman and Founder of the Glencrest Group of Companies. 2018 has seen an increase of 40% over last season which is incredible says Jack, I take my hat off to Steve who has done incredibly well and deserves his new Position Heading up the Company.
Sue Cribbs works in our busy office supporting all stations. Sue is a Girl Friday and can take over any task. Her hobby is Marathon running and has achieved a great deal of success raising thousands for charity. Sue has a wealth of experience and is an important member in our team.