Ableworld MD Mike Williams assumes buying role in retailer reshuffle

Ableworld Mike Williams (left) and Paul Boniface

Managing director of Ableworld, Mike Williams, is to take back control of buying following the recent departure of the retailer’s senior buying manager, and is inviting suppliers to “to come up with ideas and ranges to enhance” its offer.

Mr Williams’ first move has been to promote Tony Leavy, manager of Ableworld’s Northwich store, to work with him and strengthen the buying team.

Ableworld’s boss believes that changes to ranges and packaging as well as store category reviews need to take place much more quickly than they have been, in what he sees as an important year for refreshing and upgrading Ableworld’s range of products.

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“We have always prided ourselves on having a very wide range of quality products to meet the increasing needs of our customers and I am determined that we stay ahead of the curve as we continue to grow,” commented Mr Williams.

He explained that recently promoted Leavy is one of the company’s senior and most successful store managers and will understand a lot of the issues at store level.

Tony Leavy and Fiona Davidson.

“We have also recently taken on an experienced administrator in Fiona Davidson to improve communication and control between the buying department and the stores. Fiona will also work with Neil Cox, our finance director to introduce a new EPOS and CRM system into the company, which will be important as we expand further.”

Ableworld continues to expand after opening its 34th outlet in December and achieving a 17% sales increase across its franchise portfolio in November.

Such is the retailer’s success in recent months that it brought forward its annual pay review for staff.

The company, which was founded in 2001 and has approximately 120 members of staff across its 34 stores, decided to reward its team members after a triumphant 12 months of trading by moving its payment review forward three months.

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