Category: Abbey Employees

Andrew Barraclough – Joins Abbey IS

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Andrew Barraclough joins Abbey IS as UK Sales Director. He brings both academic pedigree and 25 years of hands-on, industry experience to the role and we are delighted to welcome Andrew to the Abbey team.

His previous roles, within B2B sales and marketing, have included multi-national companies such as Atlas Copco and more recently BP, where he was responsible for developing the brand within Northern Europe and forging strategic partnerships with BP’s manufacturing distributors.

Andrew not only brings expertise in sales but will also apply his considerable insight into the manufacturing industry to help Abbey extend their products and services across their customer network.
With a remit to develop customer relationships, Andrew will focus on identifying needs and creating strategies that will help Abbey’s customers to operate effectively and maximise profit.

Andrew’s appointment demonstrates Abbey’s commitment to building in value for their customers. On joining the company Andrew said: “This role allows me to use both my engineering background and my experience in sales and marketing within the manufacturing industry. The Abbey team’s objectives and mine are very much aligned, in that we are dedicated to offering customers tangible solutions that will maximise productivity. Abbey’s range of products and services mean that I have great tools to work with and a solid proposition for customers.”

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Abbey welcomes Les Watson to the team

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Abbey IS welcomes a new member to the team: Les Watson joins Abbey, bringing with him a wealth of expertise, having represented world class torque wrench manufacturer, Sturtevant Richmont in the UK for almost two decades.

Les, along with the wider Abbey team, will provide technical support to our customer base, who will now have access to Sturtevant Richmont’s extensive range of products. Including the Digital Torque Controller System, which can be programmed wirelessly and provide multi-tool control and reporting.

Originally designed for US Air Force, the tools are now favoured by manufacturers who value quality and consistency. Widely used in the auto-motive and aviation industry, Airbus and Vauxhall are amongst their clients.

Sturtevant Richmont’s tools are renown for durability and impressive life span: torque wrenches can operate for 30 years with little or no need for adjustment. However, Abbey IS have a robust tool management system so customers can rest assured their investment will be well taken care of.

Les explained his move to Abbey: “Sturtevant Richmont’s reputation for quality and value is unparalleled. Abbey IS is already supplying high quality tools and excellent service packages, I think the cultural fit between Abbey IS and Sturtevant Richmont is perfect, I’m looking forward to introducing the products to more customers.”

Les Watson
leswatson@abbeyis.co.uk

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Staff Spotlight – Paul Hadfield, Technical Director

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What do you do at Abbey? 

I look after three key account customers and provide technical support to the sales and service team mainly on Hand Arm Vibration (HAVs) issues.

How long have you worked at Abbey? 

I started with the company in June 1986, some would say too long..Ha Ha

What is the best advice you have ever received and from whom? 

Best advice was definitely from my parents “Hard work is not effective – where carelessness is.”

What is the best book you’ve ever read? 

Wilbur Smith – The Seventh Scroll

What’s your favourite film? ​ 

The Full Monty

Tell us something most people do not know about you 

I enjoy gardening

What temptation can you not resist? 

Spending time with my granddaughters

What is your most elusive goal? 

Finishing my family tree

Where is the one place you’d like to visit before you die – and why? 

Iceland to see the Geysers and Northern Lights

Which tool would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island – and why? 

Swiss army knife – it has so many uses

If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be and why? 

My great grandfather Charles, to understand why he returned from America after emigrating in the 1850`s

 

If you invite any 5 people to a dinner party living or dead who they be and why? 

Peter Kay, Barack Obama, Al Murray, Alf Garnet and Mohamed Ali – Lively, comical and interesting conversation to say the least!

Describe yourself in one sentence 

Approachable, helpful and a good listener

Why are you good at your job? 

My experience and good people skills

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be? 

An owl

Do you prefer cities or the countryside?

Countryside for relaxation

Describe your perfect night out 

Nice meal, nice wine and good company

What would be your perfect holiday? 

All inclusive, hot and sunny

Sum up Abbey in one sentence

A growing innovative company with good foundations, great people and a vision for the future.

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Abbey drives growth with new recruits

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Abbey, a leading provider of industrial power tools, has made another appointment to the sales team. The new recruit will build upon Abbey’s strong reputation in service and delivery, to explore additional streams of revenue and build upon existing relationships with customers to drive growth.

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