Garden product manufacturer Stewart appoints new managing director

Garden products supplier Stewart says 2014 was successful for the firm, and 2015 is starting well following the appointment of a managing director for the business.

Andy Burns has moved across from sales and marketing to lead the firm which manufactures and distributes gardening products, catering supplies, homewares and bespoke technical products. He replaces Richard Butler.

Burns joined Stewart as group sales and marketing director in January 2014. He was responsible for the growth and strategic development of the company's sales and marketing activity across all sales channels.

Before joining Stewart, he oversaw online, retail and trade channels at Whirlpool Corporation. Previously, he was marketing director at Stanley Europe with strategic marketing responsibility for their UK business.

The appointment comes as the business reports 25 per cent growth in the year to January 2015.

Now in its third year at its state-of-the art Banbury manufacturing facility, the business is aiming to  further improve its customer care and logistics operations by simplifying its business channels and investing in building inventory to unprecedented pre-season levels.

Burns said: "We enjoyed excellent growth last year and the team are now well established in Banbury. With our well-defined focus and investment plans for 2015, we'll achieve our growth plan for this year. I look forward to building on the strong relationships that we have in place with our major shareholders, and I am proud to have the opportunity to lead such a strong British manufacturing business".

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