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DARREN BOOKER LANDS IDEAL ROLE AS


OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Darren Booker has been appointed Operations Director at Ideal Manufacturing Ltd. The position will see Darren take on responsibility for operations at Ideal’s manufacturing base in Northamptonshire.


Working closely with the board, the factory personnel and Ideal’s Production Manager, Chris Anniwell, together they will manage operations and deliver new projects aimed at driving the company forward.


Dr Mike Kalli and Phillip Kalli at Ideal Manufacturing, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Darren to Ideal. This


appointment demonstrates our ambition to develop all aspects of our cleaning chemical manufacturing operation. Darren is extremely passionate about lean implementation and his genuine philosophy of continuous improvement suits our ambition really well.”


Darren (third from the left) started his career in the British Army as an Electronics Engineer in the Royal Signals based in Germany, completing active service in the Middle East in 1990-91. His career in business has developed from Electronics Production Engineer, Manufacturing Production Manager, Operations Manager, and Factory Manager to Operations Director. From his background in Electrical Engineering he has been instrumental in the design and


manufacture of numerous bespoke machinery and process systems. His career has involved various key sectors including engineering, FMCG manufacturing, Litho and Digital print operations, packaging, POS, e-commerce and retail.


Dr Mike Kalli and Phillip Kalli continued: “We have known Darren for a while, and we are really pleased that he has decided to join the team here at Ideal. We’re expecting plenty of opportunities and lots of challenges over the next few years – but our ambition knows no bounds and we are seeking to make improvements to all aspects of our manufacturing operation. We can’t wait to get started.”


Darren Booker added: “The position at Ideal was simply too good an opportunity to miss. Their innovation and passion for quality, products and employees was very evident. I look forward to developing the business through delivering world class operations that support the company’s ambition for high growth within current and indeed new sectors.”


HARRISON WIPES CELEBRATES OUTSTANDING SERVICE


OF MARTIN COLECHIN Martin Colechin has, at the end of March, retired from Harrison Wipes after 47 years of outstanding service at the family-owned company, which in turn is celebrating 125 years in business this year.


Martin’s departure was marked with a celebration at the firm, attended by Martin’s family and some of his former colleagues as well as current employees and the management team.


“Martin joined us in 1969, working in the warehouse, loading and unloading pallets of finished goods into lorries,” said Stephen Harrison, Managing Director of Harrison Wipes.


“From that day to this his service to the company has been exceptional


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and we are extremely grateful for his contribution. His steadfast commitment to customers and hard-working attitude has been an example to us all.”


During his 47 years at Harrison Wipes, Martin’s career developed and he left the business as Office Manager, overseeing orders and ensuring customers needs were met.


“We wish him every happiness in his retirement,” continued Stephen, “and look forward to welcoming him back to the business on visits.”


Established in 1891 in Great Yarmouth by the present Owner and Managing Director’s great grandfather, Saul Harrison, the company is respected as one of the long established and most knowledgeable suppliers of wipes and wiping solutions in the UK.


Customer service and a commitment to quality are the foundations on which the business has been built, a philosophy consistently embodied by the company’s employees.


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