Andy Campbell joins Ransomes Jacobsen

ANDY Campbell, the former British and International Golf Greenkeepers’ Association (BIGGA) chairman and golf director at Lough Erne Golf Resort, has been appointed Scotland and Ireland regional sales manager - golf at Ransomes Jacobsen, the Ipswich-based turf maintenance equipment manufacturer. Reporting to UK and Ireland sales manager, Rupert Price, he will be responsible for all golf-related business development, equipment sales and dealer support across his territory.

Prior to his previous position at Lough Erne he was Golf and Landscape Manager at the Duke’s course in St Andrews, and before this he was Golf Course and Estate Manager at the De Vere Group’s Carden Park resort in Cheshire. He has recently relocated from Enniskillen to St Andrews with his wife Claire and their son Cameron

Commenting on his appointment Rupert Price said: “We are delighted that Andy has come on board as he brings a wealth of knowledge about the golf sector in Scotland and Ireland. He is the last piece in our jigsaw, which sees a refresh of our regional sales management team and demonstrates our commitment to increasing our market share across the UK and Ireland. This will be a stretch and a challenge for Andy, but I know it’s one that he’s really looking forward to and I am confident that he will be a real asset to the business, going forward.”

Former regional sales manager Ian Bridges has been appointed to the new position of product support specialist, which sees him continue in his sales support role for Municipal business across Scotland and Ireland in conjunction with additional responsibilities for product demonstrations across the territory.

INTERNATIONAL integrated marketing agency Toolbox Marketing has promoted John Trowell, 39, to group business development director.

The agency, which is based near Bury St Edmunds and has branch offices in Sweden and Finland, has recently won a major shopping centre contract in Poland.

Group managing director Michelle Buxton said: “We are currently expanding our network of international contacts and commitments and are engaged in five EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) countries with active leads across and throughout the EMEA. John’s experience in international business development and his skills in managing development teams across the Toolbox Marketing Group will be invaluable as we continue to take the brand forward.”

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THE new owner of a Sudbury coffee shop is bringing a regal flavour to the town.

Frank Feltham has spent the last 15 years working at the famous London department store Fortnum and Mason, known as the ‘Queen’s grocers’, and knows a thing or two about high quality food and drink.

Fortnum and Mason has held a number of Royal warrants dating back to the 1800s and Mr Feltham held several positions at the store from sales assistant to head of security and facilities. During his time at Fortnum’s, he was once head of food safety and would often travel overseas to audit suppliers to ensure products were suitable to fill the shelves of the prestigious London store.

The 36-year-old now plans to use his experience to make the Jack Spratt sandwich bar and coffee shop in Gainsborough Street a success.

“I have always wanted to work for myself and running a small sandwich bar really appealed,” he said. “I had never been to Sudbury before I came to see the shop, but I immediately saw its potential. The people have been very friendly ever since I arrived and I am looking forward to getting to know even more people and customers.”

During his time at Fortnum and Mason, he often encountered the rich and famous, as well as numerous members of the Royal family, but has now decided to swap city high life for the slower pace of Suffolk.

“There are things I miss about London, but I really enjoy the slower pace of life around here. There is also a lot of history to the town, which appeals to me”, he said.

Jack Spratt will offer a wide selection of high quality and freshly prepared coffee, sandwiches, baguettes, salads and other treats, as well as an outside catering service.

“I want to create a reputation for high quality food and drink at competitive prices. I also want to create a warm and friendly atmosphere where customers feel relaxed and can come in for a chat and a coffee whenever they feel like it,” said Mr Feltham.

BEATONS Group Chartered Accountants welcome a new sales and marketing manager, Elisa McNally.

Ms McNally, who is from Suffolk has worked for Hays, a global leader in specialist recruitment, over the past two years. She has focused on working closely with accountancy firms across Suffolk and Essex with significant links to the Greater London network.

Her role at Beatons will be to provide existing and new clients with an insight into the business and the wide range of services that the firm offers; building relationships and driving business growth throughout East Anglia and London.

Past posts include events management, modelling, PR and she was even seen on our television screens for several months, when she was picked from over 200,000 candidates to appear on Channel 4’s Shipwrecked in 2007.

Roger Beaton, MD at Beatons Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome Elisa to the team. Her sales experience and understanding of the accountancy sector will be invaluable in helping to build our position within the local business community and further afield.”

Beatons Group provide specialist services including business services, auditing, tax advisory and outsourcing opportunities to clients.

NEW staff have joined Safebox Group of Companies, based at West Wratting, near Haverhill.

The company, which provides purpose built, state of the art self storage services in central Cambridge, along with dedicated document and data management and storage services across the wider region, has appointed three new team members.

Gareth Matthews-Jones joins as warehouse operative/delivery driver, and Kirsty Frost is business development and support role within the document and data storage business.

At the beginning of April, Keith Moss joined the company in facilities and maintenance role providing support across all areas of the company.

This growth of the team is indicative of the investment Safebox continues to make on the back of its business growth and regional success.

Operations manager James Merrells said: “We are delighted to welcome Gareth, Kirsty and Keith to our team. At a time when so many SMEs are finding the need to rationalise their human resources it is great to know that due to our ongoing commitment to excellence in customer service and the provision of much needed services within the local area we are in a position to add additional resources to ensure we maintain our high standards as we continue to grow.”

BAUDER has taken on new staff after growth in its single ply sales increased in 2009 and has continued to grow through the first quarter of this year.

Best known for bituminous waterproofing and green roofs, the firm, based at Landseer Road, Ipswich, has been manufacturing single ply membranes for the last 10 years and due to the continued increase in demand, the company commissioned the construction of a new �16million hi-tech factory which opened in June 2009.

The new factory works in conjunction with the existing plant and doubles the production levels of PVC and FPO membranes, increasing Bauder’s present total manufacturing provision of 1.5million m sq of bituminous and single ply membranes per week.

To respond to the dramatic increase in its single ply business, the company has expanded its sales team to include two new members of staff totally dedicated to promoting single ply waterproofing and increasing the network of specialist Bauder approved contractors to install the PVC system. Both Renee Long and Chris Lee are well known within the industry for their knowledge and expertise on flexible systems.

Managing director Andrew Mackenzie said: “The appointment of two technical sales managers dedicated to promoting our single ply systems underlines our commitment to further expanding our market share in this section of the roofing industry.”