Promotions put new force behind sales
Craig Gibbs becomes ERW & SHS Sales Director
The man who has steered Top Tubes' ERW sales success for the last 12 years becomes ERW Sales Director.
Amongst other responsibilities, Craig's new brief will encompass wide ranging strategic objectives in what he thinks could be a challenging business environment over the next few years. In his new role Craig will undertake more in depth analysis of the business leading to action plans to produce better profit results. "I intend to devote time to marketing projects which will expand our reach within the domestic and European tube market" he says.
Commenting on his promotion and that of Lee Richards (see below) Craig said, "Top Tubes policy has always been to promote from within, a policy which the company believes ensures greater stability and lower staff turnover. Lee and I have worked together for 15 years and, although I say it myself, I think we’re a proven partnership".
"Craig has been with Top Tubes for 12 years now", said Top Tubes MD Adam Bradley, "and much of the company's success is due to his commitment and hard work". "By promoting Craig and Lee we’re playing to our strengths - it’s the Top Tubes way and it’s one of the ways that we make sure we’re ahead of the game."
Lee Richards becomes ERW & SHS Sales Manager
As of 14th December Lee Richards is promoted to ERW & SHS Sales Manager.
Well known to our ERW customers, Lee has already served 8 years in Top Tubes ERW sales.
Lee's new role will enable him to get out on the road and see more of the division's customers as well as his own. "There is no substitute for the face to face interaction you get from a site visit" says Lee, "as well as building relationships there is also a value in seeing first hand what the customer is doing with our material".
Among Lee's many assets is his keen understanding of operational methods, which he credits to having started right at the bottom as an apprentice 18 years ago.
The 'SHS' (standing for Structural Hollow Section) in Lee's new title is of particular note, representing as it does Top Tubes' intention of developing this market further. "Supplies of structural hollow section from overseas sources such as Turkey have become reduced" said Lee, "creating renewed opportunities for home-grown producers". "At Top Tubes we have the added advantage of being able to supply high quality structural hollow section (as well as ERW tube) in any length, to suit the customer - and we can accommodate much shorter lead times than foreign suppliers".
Lee and Craig Gibbs have a work partnership going back some fifteen years. "Whilst we don't yet finish each others sentences", says Lee, "we're great together as a team and often think along the same lines".
Together, Lee and Craig - along with a planned additional sales apprentice – will, we feel sure, provide new impetus to the Sales and business development functions at Top Tubes.