CONTINUED GROWTH PROMPTS NEW SALES AND OPERATIONS MANAGER FOR SCOTLAND AND IRELAND

Darren Hall has been promoted to the new post of sales and operations manager for Scotland and Ireland with Steadmans.

He joined the company three years ago and was previously its sales office manager for Scotland, overseeing the operations of sites in Uddingston, near Glasgow, and Fyvie, Aberdeenshire.

Darren’s new post reflects his significant influence on Steadmans’ progress in the Scottish market during recent years, indicated by the growth of its Uddingston sales and production collection centre team to improved premises in 2013. He has also contributed substantially to the successful operation of the Fyvie sales and distribution centre, which has exceeded all its sales targets since opening in May 2012.

Providing a dedicated resource for the heavily agricultural market between Aberdeen and Inverness, the Fyvie facility receives two deliveries a week from Steadmans’ manufacturing facility near Carlisle as well as delivering directly to sites.

Darren’s new role also reflects the inroads Steadmans is making into the Irish market – where the company invested in relocating its headquarters from Banbridge, County Down, to Belfast and recruiting additional sales staff – early in 2013.

Commenting on his new role, Darren said: “I’m looking forward to building on our rich heritage in many sectors and unsurpassed ability to provide precision engineered products. I’ll be striving to extend our established reputation for quality, whether it’s reflected in our efficiency, technical support capability, customer service or ability to deliver anywhere in Scotland or Ireland, for example.

“But in addition we’re now embarking on an exciting new era, with the entry of metal fabrications specialist Trimform, metal roofing sheet maker United Roofing Products and fabricator Folding Solutions to the SIG group, which has made Steadmans attractive to even more types of customer. I’m therefore particularly relishing the opportunity this presents to help even more industry participants, across the area for which I’m now responsible, experience first-hand the benefits of working with us.”

Commenting on Darren’s appointment, Ian Hodgson, sales director, Steadmans, said his new role reflected the company’s view that it now needed a more unified approach to sales and operations across Scotland and Ireland.

He added: “The new post also reflects the substantial contribution Darren has made to our success in Scotland during recent years. It’s been obvious for some time that he was capable of delivering yet more in a slightly broader role and we’re delighted that he now has this. Darren is a senior member of our organisation and we’re confident he’ll play an even more prominent role in our continued expansion during the years ahead.”