All Change at Parfetts

Employee owned Parfetts Wholesale has announced three senior appointments which will take effect from 1st September 2015.

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Andy Whitworth, will be joining the Board of Directors and taking on the newly created position of Operations Director. Andy held the position of General Manager of the Halifax depot for several years before taking on his current role as Head of Customer Development in 2012. He was responsible for the successful launch and the continued growth of the 3 tiered Go Local retail club and fascia scheme which now enjoys the support of more than 1,500 independent retailers.

Pete Mullan who is currently General Manager of Parfetts Stockport depot will take on the role of Senior General Manager. He will be working with the Board of Directors, assisting with a number of company operational projects; he will also continue in his role as General Manager of the Stockport depot.

Current Marketing Manager, Guy Swindell will become Head of Customer Development and Marketing and will now be responsible for Go Local Retail Club, store development and fascia programmes alongside company marketing.

Two depot management changes have also been announced following the retirement of Iain Bell on 31st July. Iain has worked in the wholesale industry since 1982 and joined Parfetts in 1992; he has been General Manager of the Somercotes depot since 2004.

Chris Carter, previously General Manager at Parfetts’ Sheffield depot, has taken over the General Manager role at Parfetts’ Somercotes depot and John Goulding is to become the new General Manager at the Sheffield depot which celebrated 10 years of trading last autumn.

Joint Managing Director, Greg Suszczenia is delighted with the new appointments: “Chris has demonstrated his excellent capabilities during 10 years at our Sheffield branch. He leaves behind a good strong management team and workforce. John has been with Parfetts for 10 years, most recently working within the management development programme at our Aintree depot. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Sheffield branch.”

Joint Managing Director, David Grimes said: “It’s a great privilege to be able to say that the success of the company is entirely due to the dedication and hard work of Parfetts’ employees. These appointments will ensure that we remain focused on growing our business and developing our retailer customer base whilst remaining an efficient and effective employee owned company.”

Founded in 1980, Parfetts is an employee owned cash and carry wholesaler. Today, it has 6 sites and 541 employees and is the foremost independent cash & carry in the North West, supplying a comprehensive range of food, drink and tobacco lines to retailers and caterers. Its depots are located in Stockport, Halifax, Somercotes, Sheffield, Aintree and Anfield.

In 2008 the Parfett family sold 55% of their shares to an Employee Ownership Trust, set up on behalf of all the staff. The Trust is committed to buying the remaining 45% of the shares at a future date.

Go Local is Parfetts’ industry-leading retail club with 1,500 members.   There are three formats to choose from:

  • Go Local Extra – a symbol store retail promotion available to convenience retailers who achieve the highest standards and are able to execute fully a comprehensive promotional package
  • Go Local Plus – ideal for retailers who wish to compete in today’s demanding convenience market, but are restricted by store size
  • Go Local – an entry level retail promotion available to all convenience retailers, highlighting core range, everyday products at competitive prices

Parfetts is a member of Landmark Wholesale.