Congratulations to Jade Davis, our employee of the quarter!

Congratulations to Jade Davis, Abbeychart’s employee of the quarter. According to Mark Taylor (Managing Director): “Jade shows a great aptitude to her work and has been prepared to go above and beyond including support work at Bolton and project work/reporting with Linzi at Swindon”.

To add to this, Jade has just completed her ‘Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Level 4 Diploma in procurement and supply’ with all first time passes which has required significant out of hours homework alongside support provided by the company.

“It’s great to be part of a company which rewards you for all the hard work you put in and encourages career progression. I will certainly be enjoying this bottle of Champagne tonight to celebrate”

Well done Linzi!

We are thrilled to announce Linzi Sahota-Moore, commercial director, as our employee of the quarter. Well done Linzi!

Linzi was responsible for our recent office relocation and ensured the smoothest possible move to our new facility in Swindon, of course with support from all of our staff.

Linzi also managed the successful return of our Stanford In the Vale property to Peter Best and exceeded her sales target with the support of Andrew.

“I was pleasantly surprised when I won this award,” said Linzi. “The management team all agreed that we wouldn’t nominate ourselves. So, for them to make an exception for me is amazing. It feels really special.”

“It’s been an exceptional quarter and I am extremely appreciative of Linzi’s significant efforts and support with these projects in particular,” said Mark Taylor, managing director, Abbeychart.

“Congratulations to all on a positive trading month in April, lets ensure this is backed up by a strong May result.”

All set up and ready to go!

EUVend & Coffeena, the international trade show for the vending and coffee industries opens tomorrow and we‘re all set up and ready to go!

If you are planning on coming along then do drop by Hall 9.1, stand E058, as we’d love to see you!

We have lots to see on our stand including a Wurlitzer vending machine upgraded with impressive retail quality SELF lighting.

Also on show, our new Bioguard cleaning and hygiene range for coffee and vending machines. Created in conjunction with industry professionals, the Bioguard range includes products in tablet, powder and liquid format for specific tasks such as descaling, backflush, milk line cleaning, and de tannin plus surface wipes and hand gels. Designed to meet the needs of both end of day and regular deep cleaning regimes which are critical to beverage quality, taste and aroma, take home some free samples of Bioguard so you can try these powerful products for yourself.

Hope to see you there.

EUVEnd and Coffeena

 

 

Simon Bartlett – Abbeychart Employee of the Quarter

Simon Bartlett, workshop operative at Abbeychart has been awarded ‘Employee of the Quarter’ in recognition of his continued hard work and commitment to the business.

Simon is employed as part of the workshop team, undertaking a variety of key tasks including the refurbishment of essential dispense equipment, packing Abbeychart’s installation and service kits and supporting the warehouse during busy spells.

“I was so surprised when my name was called out,” said Simon.  “I stayed late recently to help with the warehouse move but I didn’t mind that as I live locally. It’s good to be recognised for the work you do, I know my efforts are appreciated. I’m looking forward now to enjoying my pizza on the company.”

In recognition of the award, a trophy and Pizza Express voucher were presented to Simon by Linzi Sahota-Moore, Abbeychart’s commercial director.

“Time and time again over the years, Simon has shown his willingness to go that extra mile to help keep the Abbeychart workshop team ahead of schedule, and he does so wherever required and without any complaint, said Mark Taylor, managing director, Abbeychart. “Simon is a great asset to the business and a very deserved winner this quarter.”

 

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