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Tong Garden Centre creates six new jobs internally

Published: 29 October 2018 - Kiran Grewal

Tong Garden Centre has created six new roles to support the next phase of growth and expansion within the business that includes a £3.5million investment in the Tong Lane site over the next three years.

Former centre manager Andy Mears has been promoted to the newly created role of general manager and assumes responsibility for managing the entire site, property, warehousing, buildings, health and safety in addition to 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, and bringing a wealth of garden centre management experience to the position.

The garden centre sees a new tier of management introduced with two positions created to lead all aspects of the retail team. Promoted to indoor manager is Dennis Keen with responsibility for garden sundries, giftware and the Food Hall as well as seasonal ranges including outdoor furniture and Christmas.

His equivalent is outdoor manager Dave Clayforth, promoted from plant supervisor, to lead the plant team and oversee plants, pots, compost and landscaping. 

The business has also appointed Phil Hemmings, with over 10 years of garden retail experience, to the newly created role of garden sundries and christmas buyer and Clair Spencer has been promoted to the new role of inventory controller responsible for stock control and management.

L to R Dennis Keen Andy Mears Clair Spencer Phil Hemmings Andrew Tyers and Dave Clayforth
L to R Dennis Keen Andy Mears Clair Spencer Phil Hemmings Andrew Tyers and Dave Clayforth

In addition, there have been three internal promotions with James Tolson moving to sundries supervisor, Ann Smith to senior customer services advisor and James Beaumont to marketing assistant.

Tong's commercial director, Sharon McNair is delighted with the appointments, she said: "These promotions are very well deserved and 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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