Tong Garden Centre promotes from within for future growth

by | Oct 29, 2018 | Business, News | 0 comments

The management team at Tong Garden Centre has announced six new roles. An existing team member has taken each position.
Tong has created the new roles to support the next phase of growth and expansion within the business. This includes a ?3.5million investment in the Tong Lane site over the next three years.
Former Centre Manager Andy Mears is now General Manager. He assumes responsibility for managing the entire site. This includes the retail team and shop floor.
Supporting Andy Mears in the role of Assistant General Manager will be Andrew Tyers. Promoted from Food Hall Manager, Andrew brings garden centre management experience.
The garden centre sees a new tier of management introduced. This includes two positions created to lead all aspects of the retail team.
Promoted to Indoor Manager is Dennis Keen. He has responsibility for garden sundries, giftware and the Food Hall.
His equal is Outdoor Manager Dave Clayforth. Dave is promoted from Plant Supervisorto lead the plant team. He will oversee plants, pots, compost and landscaping.
The business has also appointed Phil Hemmings, with over 10 years of garden retail experience. This is for the role of Garden Sundries and Christmas Buyer. Clair Spencer has been promoted to Inventory Controller. She handles stock control and management.
There have been three internal promotions with James Tolson moving to Sundries Supervisor. Ann Smith is now Senior Customer Services Advisor. James Beaumont is Marketing Assistant.
Tong’s Commercial Director, Sharon McNair is delighted with the appointments. “These promotions are very well deserved. I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone grows into their new roles as we embark on our next phase of growth in the business.”

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