New appointment strengthens management team

Abbeychart have promoted Nigel Barron to the newly created position of sales director with immediate effect. 

Nigel has been with Abbeychart for over twelve years, joining internal sales initially and progressing through the company where he was most recently employed as sales manager for the national and international sales team. 
  
“It’s quite an exciting time to be at Abbeychart,” said Nigel. “We have the backing of Diploma plc, a FTSE 250 company and that brings a wealth of resources which is helping to shape the business as we move forward. We enjoy a great working environment here with lots of opportunities for personal development. I am therefore very much looking forward to further developing my career with the business.” 

In his new role, Nigel will have strategic and operational responsibility for business development across Europe, USA, Canada and Asia as well as management of the external sales teams.

“Nigel is a respected member of the team and a great asset to the business,” said Mark Taylor, managing director, Abbeychart. “It’s great to see him up move up the career ladder and I wish him every success and a long and mutually beneficial career with the business.”

Selecta partner with Abbeychart for major refurb

Selecta Switzerland is one of the first international operators to take advantage of Abbeychart’s bespoke refurb service as a way to prolong the lifespan of the company’s classic red vending machines whilst improving operating efficiency and driving additional sales revenues.

Over a three month period, Abbeychart designed, refurbed and tested 2800 Selecta machines, sourcing unique components and introducing optical LED lighting to create ‘next generation’ stock. The project included a deep clean, an aesthetic facelift; new outer skins; a new lighting scheme for the top cap, product display area and collection point. Plus a bespoke telemetry system to enable increased functionality across payment options which includes a new Selecta ‘Find and Pay’ app.

“Our main focus was to bring energy efficient retail quality lighting into the vending space as a way to attract more customers,” said Mark Taylor, managing director, Abbeychart.  “The impact of high performance lighting cannot be underestimated in terms of showcasing the product and increasing the opportunity for that all important impulse purchase.”

The restyling of the ‘cult’ Selecta machines was timed to coincide with the company’s sixtieth anniversary and with other promotions to mark the milestone year planned, high visibility amongst consumers was envisaged.   “The machines are used in high traffic public vending areas such as airports, train and bus stations and often exposed to hostile external elements, so as well as looking good, a robust design was critical.” said Mark.

Bettina Kypke from Selecta explained “We are very grateful for Abbeychart’s involvement in the development and implementation of our public vending refurbishment project. The new lighting solutions provide ultimate visibility, reliability and help us to increase the attractiveness of our points of sale.”

According to Selecta there has been a 10-30% increase in sales revenue since the upgrade which is an excellent result. As importantly, the life span of the machines has been extended by five years. “The investment has reduced spend on new equipment and protected revenue streams for an additional period and this is something that will interest most commercially minded operators,” said Mark.

An important announcement – Abbeychart warehouse relocation

The lease on the current Abbeychart Stanford In the Vale premises expires in April 2019 and we have taken the opportunity to review what our property requirements will be over the coming years.

Abbeychart experienced strong growth in FY2018 and we expect this to continue at a  GDP+ rate for the foreseeable future.  We have concluded that the existing Stanford In the Vale property will no longer service Abbeychart’s long term needs.

A decision has been made to centralise Abbeychart’s existing warehousing and logistics functions to our purpose built 25,000 sq. ft. facility in Bolton.  This will provide increased warehouse space and the experience of a high throughput operation but, most importantly, allow access to a wider range of more flexible courier options.

How this will affect you

We will relocate the inventory to our new Bolton facility across the 20th and 21st December. Please note new address:

8 Cranfield Rd, Lostock Industrial Estate, Bolton BL6 4SB.

Over these two working days there will be some disruption to our normal despatch service.  We would kindly ask that you liaise with our sales and customer service team to ensure that any parts that you require for the festive period are sent out to you on or before the 19th December.

Our sales office will be open on the 27th and 28th December from 10.00 – 16.00 and will be able to despatch orders to you on both days.  Normal service will resume from the 2nd January 2019 when we will be able to process orders up to 17.00 for next day delivery.

The remaining Abbeychart sales, support, customer returns and finance functions will relocate to contemporary premises at South Marston Park (North Swindon) in March 2019 (further details will follow in early 2019). This property will also house our ‘workshop centre of excellence’ (kitting, assembly and refurbishment services) and will provide staff with a more contemporary working environment with room to expand.

This is a positive move for the business that will support the next exciting phase of Abbeychart’s development and growth.

 Yours sincerely

Mark Taylor

Managing Director

 

Well done team Abbeychart!

Well done to all Abbeychart staff, partners and friends who took part in the Inflatable 5K charity fundraiser for Just a Drop yesterday.

The fourteen strong Abbeychart team tackled obstacles such as The Plummet, Ripple Runner and Leap of Faith at what has been billed as the most fun and extreme inflatable assault course event ever created.

“It was an excellent team effort and a lot of fun,” said Mark Taylor, managing director Abbeychart. I would like to thank Andrew Shirley for organising the Abbeychart team and for everyone who made donations for their very generous support.

“We are just £100 short of reaching the £1600 fundraising goal we set for the event and so any late donations will be very gratefully received.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/abbeychart-fundraising

 Sunday’s event was Abbeychart’s first fundraiser for Just a Drop since committing to supporting the charity earlier this year.  All money raised will go towards helping provide a clean and safe water supply for the 293 children in Kisole primary school in rural Kenya.

 

 

 

 

It’s not too late to donate …

Please don’t forget to support us with our Just a Drop charity fundraiser this weekend.   Fourteen of the Abbeychart team are taking part in a 5k Inflatable Obstacle Run which has been billed as the most fun and extreme inflatable assault course event ever created.

The money raised will go to Kisole primary school in Kenya. The school has no regular supply of water and is often required to buy water from vendors. Children are also sent to fetch water from a nearby river, but the water from there isn’t clean, leading to illness amongst the students.

All money raised will help provide water tanks so the children and staff will have access to safe and clean water all year round.  Plus, the school will benefit from three hand washing stations and sanitation and hygiene education for every student on how best to use the water and stay healthy.

We would be very grateful for your support.  Please donate here:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/abbeychart-
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Temporary disruption to business Weds 24 Oct

Please note:  There will be temporary disruption to our usual business operations next Wednesday 24 October due to a power outage.

How this may affect you: Our systems will be down between the hours of 0800 am to 1700 pm and as a consequence we will not be able to dispatch any orders on that day.

Urgent orders: if you have an urgent requirement please plan ahead and place your order by 1600 pm on Tuesday 23 October for next day delivery.

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Digging deep for Just a Drop charity fundraiser

And the Award goes to…… Abbeychart!

Abbeychart was delighted to host colleagues and guests at the Vendies which took place last Tuesday at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel and Country Club, Birmingham.

The Vendies are one of the most prestigious events in the vending sector and a great opportunity to network and celebrate the industry and for that reason are always eagerly anticipated.  “The evening was made all the more enjoyable because Abbeychart expertise was acknowledged by industry peers with a Supplier Recognition Award for our installation and kitting service,” said Mark Taylor, managing director,  Abbeychart.  “We would like to thank everyone who voted for us, the support is much appreciated.”

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