Hillier Nurseries has announced the expansion of its Amenity team, following two record-breaking years of sales, with the appointment of new sales manager, Gareth Ashenhurst.
Gareth, who joins Hillier from James Coles and Sons where he held the position of sales manager, will be bringing his expertise to a similar role at Hillier Nurseries.
The former Leicester Tigers rugby player started working in the James Coles sales team in 2008. Initially he joined the company’s tree production division where he led on the development of Coles’ pot-in-pot container tree unit. Following this, he moved into the sales team, and later progressed to a sales manager position.
Gareth’s flair for account management and relationship building is a skill he has exercised with great success in his previous role, and, is something he is keen to bring to his new position at Hillier Nurseries. He commented: “I’m extremely excited to be joining Hillier at such an impressive time of growth for the business – I’m looking forward to getting stuck straight in with planning what’s next for the company.”
Along with Gareth’s appointment, Hillier is also pleased to welcome a number of new staff members within the Amenity team. Andy Barlow joins as cash and carry manager from his previous role at Plants for Trade, along with Gemma Seikus and Tracy Wathen who have joined the expanding sales team following the substantial growth within the business in recent years, each bringing with them a strong horticultural background.
At this exciting time of growth for Hillier, 2022 is set to be yet another successful year for the company. As such, there is a further recruitment drive for skilled tree production staff.
Sales director, Adam Dunnett, explained: “At Hillier, we’re thrilled to be expanding our team due to the business’ record growth in recent years, and we have ambitious plans to continue this growth. As such we’re always seeking skilled staff to come into our production management team as well as young enthusiastic horticulturalists who wish to learn and develop within an industry leading organisation.”