08 May 2019
Well known industry professional Ray Isted has joined Acres Consultancy as a training, marketing and recruitment consultant.
Ray has a proven record of commercial achievement, most notably in senior positions at Whirlpool. His skills range from media and events management to training workshops, client relationship building initiatives and recognising opportunities outside of the norm to promote education and secure brand visibility.
Principal director at Acres Consultancy, Simon Acres says, “We are thrilled that Ray has joined us. He has a first class reputation for enthusiastic and experienced training and will be a great asset to our business as we continue to service a growing, diverse and high profile client base.
Ray added, “I am delighted to be joining such a progressive and professional consultancy. It’s a great time to be joining the team and I am looking forward to the exciting opportunities ahead.”
Graham Jackson, former MD at Bell Northampton has joined Acres Consultancy, extending the range of consultancy services offered to include leadership, coaching and performance management.
Graham led the change programme at Bell Northampton that led to a transformation of the Bell business into an award winning, luxury lifestyle, retailer of homewares, with an 80% increase in sales in 5 years.
In his role as a business improvement consultant with Acres Consultancy, Graham will work alongside Simon Acres with KBB clients and extend their offering to other retail businesses.
“We are delighted that Graham has joined the team,” says principal director Simon Acres. “Graham has a wealth of management expertise after working at board level for 20 years and is well respected for his successful turnaround of the Bells business.
“His skills are complementary to those we already have in the business, which will benefit our clients that will now have access to a comprehensive set of consultancy service that can support sustainable and profitable business growth.”
Graham added, “I am excited about the opportunities working with Simon and the team will bring. The company has a passion for training and shares my belief that investing in people is key to the success of every business.”
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has launched a campaign to promote awareness of a water label for bathroom products that will help save water.
The campaign was launched to mark World Water Day on 22nd March, the same week that the Environment Agency said that England could face a “jaws of death” situation in which there would not be enough clean water unless urgent action was taken to cut usage.
BMA CEO Yvonne Orgill said, “The Environment Agency are right to raise this issue but there is already a water label for bathroom products in the market place which provide information on water consumption, helping consumers to make more informed decisions.
“The Unified Water Label (UWL) is a voluntary scheme that is currently used by over 155 brands and registered with more than 13,200 products across Europe. The UWL provides a clear and simple system to identify water saving products. Choosing UWL products, which are then installed and used correctly, will deliver environmental and cost-saving benefits, without any loss in performance for consumers.
“We must also look at how consumers select and use their bathroom products as there is huge scope to save water by changing their habits.
“For example, homes that still have a WC that is more than 20 years old will be using twice as much water per flush as a modern dual flush WC. Recent research into consumer behaviour in the bathroom by the BMA found that people flush the WC on average 8 times per person per day- there is a potential saving of 32 litres per person per day by just switching to a modern WC. The government’s target is to reduce water consumption by 40 litres per person per day so this one change would almost meet this target.”
The BMA has produced a number of videos that will help consumers understand what the UWL means and make them think about how they use water in their bathroom. The new videos can be found on the BMA website here.