As Richard started his James Burrell journey as an Apprentice, he is part of a statistic that we're very proud of here at James Burrell, that almost a quarter of our workforce either are or have been an apprentice or trainee. It shows that the core value of training and mentoring our apprentices and trainees is a cemented core value and will continue to be one long into the future.
Have a read below to find out Richard's journey with the company and his important advice for anyone who is starting out in this industry.
What job role did you start your career at James Burrell in?
I started as a Sales Apprentice within the York branch in 1998. At the time York hadn't been open long and was 1 of only 3 branches.
What is your job role with the company now?
I am a Senior Sales Manager ensuring the companies objectives are achieved with my primary focus on the Yorkshire region, whilst also working closely with other key areas of the business. My role also entails working with our key supply chain, providing support to our branch sales teams as well as strategic planning for future developments within the Yorkshire structure.
Has the company changed much over the time you have been working here and if so, in what way?
The main change has been the growth from 3 branches to 10, with many of the key people from the early days still working for the company today. Despite the companies considerable growth over the years the core family values still remain an integral part of the business which is credit to the quality of the staff and management team.
What do you enjoy most about working here?
I like the variance in my role and that no two days are ever the same. The company is ambitious, forward thinking and always striving to improve with an excellent team ethic to help.
What do you like to do in your spare time away from work?
I am a father of two young daughters who definitely keep me on my toes. When I'm not enjoying family time and days out, I also like to make time for my competitive side by competing in various sports.
What would be your advice for someone starting in the industry?
I'm a big believer in the fact you get out what you put in. If you're a self-motivated individual who is prepared to take time to listen and learn from others, you will have plenty of opportunities in the many career routes that this industry has to offer.