Image Above: L-R: Gary Gleeson, Lee Pollard, Lesley Mills, Colin Russell, Robb Crampton
This year marks significant work anniversaries for several members of the VBH (GB) team, across the three UK depots. Between them, this amounts to over 250 years’ service! Simon Monks, Managing Director at VBH says: “The commitment to VBH shown by our staff is truly outstanding, and I’d like to thank all of our staff, from oldest to newest, for their contribution to VBH. I take it as a testament to the company that we have such loyal employees.”
Several people have been at the company since long before it was known as VBH. Robb Crampton (Commercial Manager – 34 Years), Colin Russell (Technical Advisor – 25 Years), Gary Gleeson (Marketing Manager -25 years), Lee Pollard (Goods In Team Leader – 34 years) and Lesley Mills (Customer Service Co-ordinator – 33 years) are all based at the company’s Kent HQ.
Other stalwarts from further afield include Allan Price (General Manager – Scotland & NI -30 years), Phil Thomas (Sales & General Manager – Wales & South West England – 25 years), Colin Thomas (Area Sales Manager for Wales – 30 years) and Mark Reid (East Kilbride Warehouse Supervisor – 20 years). When these team members joined, the company was still known as Wagner and some of their colleagues hadn’t yet been born!
Robb Crampton and Colin Russell both describe how the customers’ needs have always been at the heart of the company’s philosophy. Robb says: “When I started with VBH (Heinz Wagner back in the day) we fought hard to get the business working in a very competitive market. We have gone from strength to strength and now we’re one of the largest players in a multi-million-pound global industry. That to me proves the dedication of every member of staff, through the years, to give our customers what they want, when they need it and at a price that enables them to be competitive.”
Colin Russell echoes his comments: “When I joined the ethos of the company and indeed the technical department was always focused on customer service, offering the best products on the market and giving the best advice available. There have been many hardware and product changes over the years but our core values as a company remain the same.”
VBH Marketing Manager, Gary Gleeson says: “I’m 25 years into my second stint at VBH having originally joined the company in 1984. Genuinely, those years have flown by. This is due largely to the superb team here at VBH. Everyone is focused on getting it right for the customer and making VBH easy to deal with. Being part of that team and believing in the quality of the products that we sell, whether from our own greenteQ range or selected third party brands, makes coming to work a pleasure. Most of the time!”
Simon sums it up: “We often celebrate new appointments and recent promotions but I’d also like to salute the fantastic contribution our core staff make to the success of the company. We couldn’t do it without you!”