Ryan Hirst, former head of sales and marketing at Sunrise Medical, has set up his own “mini-dealership.”
Confirming the news yesterday, in a statement released online, Hirst detailed how the move to launch 360 Wheelchairs was inspired by spending more time with his wife and young daughter.
As part of the statement, he explained: “You may not be aware that I have left Sunrise Medical to start my own mini-dealership with my wife Jackie. I have enjoyed working for Sunrise Medical over the last 8-years but decided I wanted to be based from home and have more time to enjoy & support my new family life.”
He added: “I have loved working in the world of wheelchairs and I have made some great friends over the years. I hope that we can keep in touch and continue those friendships.”
In setting up the new, what he describes as a “mini-dealership,” he detailed how it would be exactly that – “me myself and I.”
He said: “I will provide all of my services on client site with a lean infrastructure. My wife Jackie is running my accounts & administration.”
Looking at how the business will work, Hirst confirmed how he will only be dealing with products he knows and has worked with in the past.
It might not be a surprise to know that I am only supplying products that I know and have experience with. For this reason I will be focused on Active Manual, Q-Series (excluding, special controls, Sedeo Ergo & Up) and seating from Sunrise Medical.
“In the near future I will add powered add-on devices to the range for active and passive manual users.”
Discussing how his business will operate, 360 Wheelchairs released an info graphic detailing the area it will cover – primarily the West Midlands and Wales.
Hirst also concluded by reassuring potential competition that working together would be the may forward.
He explained: “I appreciate that the area and products that I am focusing on may overlap with your own businesses. Over time I see the core of our leads coming through medical legal business development.
Concluding: “I think this could also benefit your own businesses as I am selling a fairly restrictive range in a relatively small territory. I would love to talk about referrals for those times that I am unable to service these clients, so please get in touch.”