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13 February, 2018 - 11:10 By Kate Sweeney

Magnificent seven boost German manufacturer’s UK power play

The UK arm of German power tool manufacturer Festool has grown its Bury St Edmunds team as a response to increased sales over the past year – and to gear up for an even busier 2018. Seven new team members have joined its Suffolk HQ.

Jamie Bunting is now logistics team leader and joins after 13 years at Kuehne + Nagle where he ran a logistics team that supported the servicing of the MOD’s fleet of Apache helicopters.

Holly Hyde-Smith is the marketing communications executive and brings with her a wealth of experience having been the marketing manager for global SaaS company EMEA and part of the marketing team for the retail sector of a technology consultancy.

Two new starters have been taken on in the sales team: Martin Ive and Daryl Herbert-Smith are new territory sales managers.

Daryl gained several years of experience at various flooring businesses including his last role as contracts area sales manager at SIG Group Carpet and Flooring, where he supplied flooring to contractors and end users including Bovis Homes and Vinci and Bam.

Three new positions have been created in the finance team: Business administrator Elaine Phillips, Olga Snitsarenko, management accountant assistant, and Emma Butler, general administration assistant.
Festool’s marketing manager Jon Burcham said: “The quality and innovation of Festool’s products is renowned and the team that support the cutting-edge technology is also second to none. We are thrilled that our ranks have been increased by top-notch experts in their fields. This is as a response to a brilliant year that we’ve seen and we expect that 2018 is going to be just as buoyant.

“Festool has been experiencing incredible growth in the UK market. The new recruits each bring impressive expertise and we’re excited to continue expanding our market presence.”

The parent company is based in Wendlingen in southern Germany and develops high-end electric, battery and pneumatic tools for professional users with tough demands. 

Since the founding of the family business in 1925, quality and innovation have been the highest priorities. Over 300 patents and more than 90 awards for products prove that these principles are worth focusing on.

• Pictured l-r: Jamie Bunting, Elaine Phillips, Martin Ive, Olga Snitsarenko, Daryl Herbert-Smith, Emma Butler and Holly Hyde-Smith.

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