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Known for fronting SPAL’s How to Series of videos Maggie Lech is taking up a new position at the UK warehousing and distribution arm of the world leading designer and manufacturer of axial fans and centrifugal blowers.

Effective this week, Maggie’s new responsibilities as Business Development Manager for Off Highway, Agriculture and Construction sectors West will dovetail with those of other recent recruit Adam Betteridge (BDM Off Highway, Agriculture and Construction sectors East).  Although each will have their own sales territory the two have agreed there will be some crossover where there are pre-existing business relationships.

Commenting on the new role, Maggie said:  “I am looking forward to promoting SPAL’s high quality heavy duty cooling solutions to customers, expanding the reach of SPAL in servicing and spare parts as well as making the sector aware of the availability of OEM products accessible to the aftermarket.”

Maggie will also work on building the network of approved distributors and dealers within the sector and looks to forming long term customer relationships.

Matthew Morris, MD SPAL Automotive UK, praised the move: “Having provided amazing office-based support over the last few years Maggie always had the ambition to progress and now she will be full time out on the road getting one-to-one with customers. With her in depth product knowledge and sparkling personality, she will be a great asset to the sales team.”

Simon Acres Group has committed to not use any plastic for marketing merchandise at the KBB exhibition (01-04 March NEC Birmingham), and donate the money they would have spent, £5,000, to wellness charities.

The move follows a recent KBB forum on ‘Wellness in the Workplace’, hosted by Simon Acres Group that raised awareness about how many people are affected by mental health issues and the impact this can have on business.

Simon Acres Group principal director Simon Acres says, “We were so moved by the support from our guests at the forum that we wanted to continue the conversation about this taboo topic.  We hope that visitors to our stand will support us and help us make a difference, one that could ultimately lead to saving lives.”

The £5,000 donation will be allocated across three charities, based on the preferences of visitors.  They will be able to select which of the three charities they would like to support when they visit the stand.

The three charities that will benefit are TT Training – Children’s Mental Health, The Samaritans and Mind.

Simon Acres Group can be found at stand N70.

There will be an introductory 25% discount to all new clients who register at the show for any of the recruitment, training, digital marketing, web development or business consultancy services.

KBB retailer Trevor Scott is the latest KBB professional to feature in the Simon Acres Group ‘Industry Legends’ series. Launched last year, the films have provided a platform for some of the most well-known figures in the industry to share their thoughts on best practice and success strategies for the sector.

“It was a pleasure to talk with Trevor,” says Simon Acres Group Principal Director, Simon Acres.
“He has a wealth of experience and knowledge from the 40 plus years he has spent in KBB sales and design.”

Trevor is still involved with the family business, RFK Kitchens based in Rugby, which he established in 1993.  He says, “I was honoured to be asked to participate in the ‘Industry Legends’ series and share my experience of building a successful KBB retail business.

“Consumers are super savvy in this digital age, making it even more important for a retailer to understand the product and be able to offer expert advice. Training should not be neglected, even though there is not enough available. At RFK we have developed our own training manual to ensure that all of our staff understand the fundamentals of listening and building relationships with customers.

“We have never underestimated the amount of skill, knowledge and expertise required to design and fit a kitchen. Our sales and design staff have to understand the technicalities of how to fit a kitchen and we have made it a priority to work with the very best installation teams.

“The era of Brexit has created an uncertain market place but there are opportunities for those that have control of their cash flow and are committed to delivering outstanding service.”

The Trevor Scott film can be found on the Simon Acres Group website seen here.

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