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Acres Consultancy has added to its talent acquisition team with two new appointments. James Slater and Sophie Paton have joined the company as it expands to service a growing client base of UK wide KBB retailers and merchants.

James previously worked in retail sales and is experienced in social media, marketing and film production.

Sophie has a strong background in recruitment and has experience with face to face sales, as well as business development.
Principal Director at Acres Consultancy, Simon Acres said, “We are delighted to welcome two such talented people into the team.

“James brings first-rate customer service skills and relevant passion for property development and interior design, which will help build relationships with our KBB and merchant clients. Sophie is a great people person and an excellent communicator with outstanding negotiation skills.”

“We have an unrivalled increasing line-up of consultants with dedicated industry skills and experience, making us a first choice provider for both KBB retailers and merchants.”

Pictured left-right: Sophie Paton, Kordian Pach, James Slater, Aiden Cowell, James Gibson, Simon Acres and Paul Radford

Jon Thelwell, former showrooms director of Jewson is the latest industry professional to join the team at KBB & merchant service provider Acres Consultancy.
Jon will enhance the company’s expertise in the merchant sector in his role as recruitment and business consultant.

With 20 years’ experience within the KBB and builders’ merchant sectors, Jon currently offers consultancy services focusing on commercial strategy development for merchant and SME retailers.  Jon is also a member of the advisory board of the British Institute of KBB Installation, responsible for developing the organisation’s commercial strategy.

Principal Director at Acres Consultancy, Simon Acres says, “Jon is passionate about the industry and has been employed by some of the sector’s leading players.  He has initiated and led change in each organisation, creating new business opportunities, strengthening customer relationships and sharing market knowledge.
“He is a valuable addition to our expanding team of experienced industry professionals that will help us service our growing, diverse and high profile client base.”


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.”




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