Simon Acres Group has expanded its team with the addition of Andrew Wright, who takes on board the new role of operations manager.

Andrew, who has a background in business management to include recruitment, logistics and warehousing, was appointed on 26 February. He will be working with principal director Simon Acres to drive forward the growth of the business.

“I am excited to join the team at Simon Acres Group, it is a dynamic and fast growing company, with a growing diverse range of services, designed to support merchant and KBB retailers,” says Andrew.

Simon Acres added, “We are delighted Andrew has joined us. We are still planning ahead for business growth this year, despite the challenging times ahead.

“Our team of experienced consultants are all focused on providing an expanded service and robust support to our clients, helping them navigate the ever-changing working environment that we all find ourselves in.”

Simon Acres Group Ltd has launched a smart finance solution that will provide valuable support to retailers, as they negotiate new ways of doing business to deal with COVID-19.

The ‘businesses to business introduction’ package works differently to other finance options, making it a simple to understand offer that is easy to implement, without the need for FCA accreditation.

“We had already received a lot of interest in our finance solution when we soft launched it last month,” says director Simon Acres. “In the current circumstances it is now even more valuable, as a tool that will support increased sales conversions with higher project values.

“The key difference of our offer is that the individual customer finances themselves at the point of sale in the showroom. The transparent offer is made with variable interest-bearing options, and via a portal, an instant decision is made with funds then deposited to the customer. The customer simply purchases via the retailer’s standard terms and conditions.

“Retailers can access this service with no fuss and will be fully supported with POS and training. Because the finance is arranged direct with the consumer, there is no time lag for the retailer and cash flow remains uninterrupted.

“These are unprecedented times for us all. It remains our focus to support retailers and merchants as best we can, offering them solutions and tools to maintain business if they are working from home, or hit the ground running when branches or showrooms resume trading.”

To receive more information on the smart finance solution, please visit

Renowned kitchen designer Johnny Grey is featured in the latest Simon Acres Group ‘Industry Legends’ series. Widely acknowledged to have been at the forefront of kitchen design since the 1980s, Johnny Grey has authored five books, is visiting professor of design and kitchen culture at Bucks New University and works with the Royal Society of Arts to spread kitchen design into universities worldwide. He runs Johnny Grey Studios, which has designed kitchens for high-profile clients since 1978.

“It was a privilege to talk with Johnny,” says Simon Acres Group Principal Director, Simon Acres. “He is a true legend within the kitchen design sector, recognised for his interest in innovation, world class ideas about kitchen design as well as his custom made, contemporary kitchens. His recent move into creating multigenerational kitchens is a part of behaviour centred design approach for those with disability or ageing issues and how we will live together in the future.

“Johnny’s insights into kitchen design are fascinating. He has an unrivalled passion for craftsmanship and British design. He is also committed to training the designers of the future with his work at Bucks New University.”

During the film Johnny talked about the future of retailing. He said, “Independent retailers are a great asset to the UK design industry. They have to work together to promote the benefits of design excellence. Working with other professionals such as architects and property agents can be useful, but above all, I would encourage designers to push the boundaries and engage with their customers, showing they care about them and their lifestyles and not just the sale.

“I would urge designers to take risks and question their customers about what they really want from their kitchen. Look at all options and present them with ideas they may not have considered. A kitchen is probably the most expensive item people buy for their home. Retailers can reflect this by putting in the time and care to develop thoughtful solutions that are presented with creativity and confidence.”
The Johnny Grey film can be found on the Simon Acres Group website seen here.

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