We'd like to introduce you to Jack Stokoe, part of the Branch Sales Team at our Newcastle branch. It just so happens that Jack has also just been nominated for a BMJ Industry Award for Indpendent Rising Star 2019. Find out a little bit more about Jack's time working with James Burrell and some advice he has for the next new generation.
How long have you worked for James Burrell?
My time at James Burrell is approaching two years. Starting at Gateshead branch where I gained experience in the yard, then trade counter. My last year has been spent at Newcastle where I have enjoyed a successful year in the branch sales team.
What's your favourite thing about working for the company?
The level of expertise we have at the company. We get involved in many customer enquiries, some of which aren't so straight forward and can be rather technical where a good level of knowledge is required to work with the enquiry. Even without much experience in certain areas, we can simply send an email or pick up the phone and within minutes, due to the fact we have so many specialists, the questions can be answered in detail.
What made you want to begin a career with a builder's merchant?
A friend of the family works for a company who deal regularly with James Burrell. I heard nothing but positive things about the company and through one of his contacts at James Burrell, I was made aware of the opportunity working in the yard. It didn't take long to realise the opportunities here at James Burrell and within the industry.
Do you have any advice for someone starting their carer in the industry?
Don't be afraid to ask questions, it is the only way you will learn.
But most of all, enjoy it!
You can help Jack win the Independent Rising Star of 2019 in the BMJ Industry Awards by following the link below and casting your vote for him! And while you're there, you can vote for us to win Independent Merchant of the Year too.