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

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UK firm Entec International is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and pays tribute to 300 years of combined service from 20 of the longest serving members of staff.

The West Midlands based business was created from an opportunity to source, procure and consolidate parts for a manufacturing company in the Middle East. Today it provides specialised 3PMRO (3rd party maintenance, repair & operations) services worldwide.

The Entec teams of sourcing, procurement and logistics specialists manage the daily production and packaging equipment spares need for a range of global brand clients, with manufacturing operations in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific. Entec procurement and supply chain management service ensures their FMCG, Beverage, Mining and Minerals, facilities are maintained at best cost and optimal performance.

Mike Robinson and Chris Syner, who started the business around Chris’ kitchen table in 1989, recall that in the first year of trading the company turned over £27,000 and made a profit of £489.  30 years later, Entec is a fast-growing export business with a multimillion-pound turnover and a footprint on several continents.

Following best-ever results for 2018, the first half of 2019 figures indicate another record-breaking year, following new contracts in a sector requiring the same 3PMRO service Entec delivers to its FMCG clients, but on a larger scale. This year the company has also increased trade with longstanding customers in the established regions of Africa and the Middle East.

According to Mike Robinson, 2020 will bring the Americas into Entec’s supply portfolio as an existing client introduces the 3PMRO service to more of their global operations.

“Over the decades we have invested in our ICT and communications technology, recognising that our value proposition needs to extend further each year if we are to stay engaged with global businesses over the long term,” he says. “Most of our client agreements renew annually, some are 25 years old and innovation keeps each one of them fresh.  We partner with all our customers to better understand their business language, operational challenges and ways of working; our service can be tailored to meet either a market or plant specific need.”

Chris Syner adds, “Our ‘300’ club celebrates the fact that our staff are what makes Entec great. Our clients can call upon a combined 300 years of experience covering a hugely diverse range of technical products, which are being shipped daily along some of the most complex supply chains in the world. In my view, their knowledge, expertise and commitment give Entec a unique advantage as we take on each new challenge and turn it into an opportunity. This is our chance to say thank you to them and to our clients for making our business a success over the last 30 years.”


Editors’ notes: List of names for the 300 club photo and years’ service
Left to right - Years of service
Michael Nicholas 12
Leanne Byng 10
Allan Gechie 16
Claudia Spooner 18
Ben Walters 16
Christine Brearley 26
Gemma Pickard 11
Mike Robinson 30
Chris Syner 30
Helen Evans 16
Caroline Haycock 16
Paul Carter 11
Kathryn Ratcliffe 11
Paul Cresswell 21
Gurjit Johal 10
Oliver Syner 10
Charlie Patterson 10

Missing on the day:
David Moore 14
Rachel Nicholas 13
Paul Garratt 11

Based in the UK, Entec International is one of the world’s leading authorities on MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Operations) and indirect spend management, offering a professionally managed single source, multiple supplier procurement process, with global reach.

Established over 25 years ago, Entec International have managed complex supply chains for some of the world’s largest manufacturers in over 70 different shipping destinations.

Entec’s client base includes customers in the food and beverage packaging industries, oil, gas production, textile processing and mining & minerals sectors.