A bumper round-up of North Staffordshire appointments

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Property firm Harris Lamb has welcomed a new lease advisory and valuation surveyor.

Carolyn Quinn joins the team from Knight Frank, having previously worked at Christie & Co specialising in the corporate childcare team, and has recently achieved her MRICS qualification.

Carolyn said: “I was familiar with Harris Lamb, partly because of the business’ strong reputation, and partly because I’d dealt with the professional services team in my previous roles, so when I became aware of the opportunity to join the team, I was very keen to do so.

Carolyn Quinn

“This is an exciting challenge, not least because of the strange times we’re all experiencing this year. I am pleased to have been able to join the business at a time when steps have been taken to re-establish an office environment, enabling me to meet and interact with my new colleagues in a way that would not have been possible just a few weeks ago.”

Richard Fantham, head of professional services at Harris Lamb, said: “We are delighted to welcome Carolyn to the team. Her experience within the children’s nursery sector provides further strength to our client offering, and we look forward to benefitting from her knowledge within the field.”

A kitchen design company has been so busy since lockdown lifted that the owner has taken on a second designer.

Staffordshire Kitchens opened its first showroom in North Walls, Stafford, in mid-March, only to close it again as the UK locked down to fight coronavirus.

But owner, Sandra Johnson, continued to provide support to clients during lockdown and has seen trade surge since reopening on an appointment-only basis.

Now Kevin Lewis has now joined the company as a designer.

Kevin Lewis has joined Staffordshire Kitchens
Kevin Lewis has joined Staffordshire Kitchens

Sandra said: “Kevin has years of experience working on kitchen and bedroom designs and will be working at Staffordshire Kitchens full time. Due to social-distancing precautions, we are operating an appointments only service. Customers are welcomed at our Stafford showroom, where they can see a selection of the kitchens we offer.

“A home appointment can follow and we use the latest 3D design technology to help people visualise how a new kitchen will look in a home.”

An award-winning travel agency has appointed a new group CEO.

Blue Bay Travel Group, based in Trentham, has welcomed Alistair Rowland to the role effective September 1.

Alistair joins the online travel agent with a clear focus on accelerating its growth. He will also continue to serve as ABTA Chair.

Current Blue Bay Travel CEO, Stuart Wilson will take the role of Group Executive Director and will lead on product development and strengthening the business’ deals strategy. Maxine Rowland will step down from her position of managing director after a period of handover and will stay in the business. 

Alistair said: “Blue Bay Travel is an exceptional business and one I’ve admired for a long time because of its commitment to personal service, technology and its entrepreneurial leadership. Businesses across the world are facing significant challenges currently, but Blue Bay Travel’s ongoing investment in its products and relationships means it is well placed to respond to future market demand. I look forward to working with the team to deliver against its growth plans in coming months.

Alistair Rowland and Steve Silver have joined Blue Bay Travel
Alistair Rowland and Steve Silver have joined Blue Bay Travel

At the same time, Blue Bay Travel has expanded its product and contracting department with the appointment of Steve Silver as product manager.

Steve will be responsible for product procurement, predominantly in the Indian Ocean, Middle East, and Far East regions.

He brings a wealth of knowledge from his previous roles at Voyage Prive, LowCostBeds and numerous other tour operators.

Steve will be working under the direction of product management director Greg Armstrong.

Steve said: “Blue Bay Travel have established a proven product-led model which has attributed to their phenomenal growth over the years. I am delighted to have joined such a successful team and am looking forward to contributing to the success.”

Integrated marketing agency Plinkfizz is has appointed two new members of staff.

Account managers Charley Bright and Emma Thorley – who both previously worked at JCB Worldwide Marketing – have joined the team to support the continued growth of the agency.

The appointments follow 12 new client wins for Plinkfizz during the pandemic and the recruitment of Annabel Fallows and Hannah Natalello earlier this year.

Plinkfizz's new recruits: From left is Annabel Fallows, Emma Thorley and Charley Bright.
Plinkfizz’s new recruits: From left is Annabel Fallows, Emma Thorley and Charley Bright.

Managing director of Plinkfizz, Fiona Hawkins, said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing on new recruits, especially now we’re coming out on the other side of the coronavirus epidemic. I know they’re all going to be great assets to the business and to our clients. They‘re fitting in already and I can’t wait to see the whole team continue to grow.

“Our main priority at Plinkfizz is always our clients and making sure we can provide the best opportunities and services for them. Offering in-house marketing and PR solutions allows us to work seamlessly as an integrated marketing agency.”

Estate agent Paula Wareham has been promoted to a new role with Butters John Bee.

Formerly the manager of the Stone branch, Paula will now be Partner with the company enabling her to work safely and flexibly from home to meet the needs of her clients.   

Paula’s appointment comes as Butters John Bee is rolling out its Partner scheme which will see agents based at home and supported by local offices and infrastructure including a national call centre, state of the art social media support and their mobile pocket app technology.

Paula said: “What I most enjoy is the one-to-one relationship I’m now able to build with all my clients.

“Moving home is a such an important time and my sellers now know I’ll be with them personally throughout the process. Each client’s story and situation is unique and our bespoke service is a real reflection of today’s world. I just want to reassure the people of Stone, that it’s business as usual but now with a personal touch and I can’t wait to visit you and get you moving.”

Paula Wareham
Paula Wareham

Butters John Bee is part of the haart network. Managing Director Antony Lark added: “It’s great to welcome local agents like Paula as one of our first Partners in a new scheme which will see us growing our network across the UK.

“Unlike other organisations that employ people on a self-employed basis with all its inherent risks, our Partners are fully employed by haart, with all the benefits and security this brings.  

“Plus, by replacing some of our branches with people working from home, giving them a better work-life balance and more flexibility around their working day, we are able to reinvest the money we save on office costs by providing better marketing and technology to support our customers. It really is a win-win all round.” 


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