Wyevale Nurseries is recruiting Group appointments at AMES UK

Commercial nurseries, Wyevale is searching for new employees, including a sales and marketing director and amenity sales executive, to help meet demand as the business grows. It is also inviting candidates to apply for its graduate trainee programme.

Wyevale Nurseries managing

director Andy Johnson explained: “We’ve had a marvellous year so far, having had the best May ever in our recorded trading history with sales up by 14%. “Now we’re looking to embrace

these results and take the business further in 2019. We’re looking for a sales and marketing director to co-ordinate the development of our sales, marketing and trading activities across all our product and market sectors, promoting the Wyevale Nurseries brand, driving up customer satisfaction and profitability across the board.

“We are also currently seeking an experienced sales executive to join the amenity sales department. They too will need to be customer- focused and facing, have a good knowledge of the industry and be an experienced plantsperson. Communication is key with both roles, so we’ll expect to interview people who have plenty to say and are excellent at getting their message across. “As these roles are so vital to the business, I’d like anyone interested in applying for them to contact me direct via andy@ The closing date for applications is Friday, October 19.”

Meanwhile, the company is also inviting graduates from all degree disciplines

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applying to for its graduate trainee programme. The two-year in-house programme covers all areas of the business and is not only open to those wishing to go into nursery production, but any element of the business including finance, IT, sales or marketing. Applicants should forward a copy of their current CV with a covering letter describing why they are the right candidate for the programme to stevep@wyevale-

New MD appointed at SKS

JMA, part of the Altuna Group, has announced the appointment of Mark Gentry as managing director of its UK subsidiary SKS Limited. JMA (Altuna Group) acquired the majority shareholding in SKS Limited at the beginning of 2017, with a view to further developing and consolidating its position in

the UK Key and Lock market. The group said the deal will enable JMA and SKS to offer their customers a greater choice and easier access to product from the largest key blank manufacturer in Europe.

SKS was founded in 1974 by Jack Simonds as Simonds Key Services. Under the direction

of Trevor Brett for 36 years, the company has grown from a retail business in Harrow, north London to become one of the UK’s largest wholesale distributors.

Following the acquisition of Kelkay in February, AMES UK has announced the creation of a new executive management team for the UK and Ireland that will drive the growth and development of the group. Incorporating La Hacienda, which was acquired in late 2017, AMES UK will continue to be led by managing director, Antony Harker. “It’s our intention to maintain the individual characteristics

and particular strengths of the

businesses in the group. There are also great opportunities for growth and development thanks to the global strengths of The AMES Companies. So it makes sense to create a joined up senior management team who are able to drive the AMES UK agenda” Richard Slade, previously a divisional director at Kelkay becomes group operations director with responsibility for AMES UK business operations,

L-R: Richard Slade, Antony Harker, Richard Pyrah & Sarah Winn

whilst Richard Pyrah becomes AMES group sales director. Sarah Winn who joined Kelkay in 2017 is appointed group marketing director. “These appointments are the next step in the

creation of our new and exciting AMES UK strategy. We are at the early ‘blueprint’ stage with lots more developments to come in the coming months. I expect to be making announcements about other key roles in the senior management team over the next few weeks.”


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