Distributor Corporation UK Limited (DCUK) has announced the appointment of a new National Account Manager, Michael Carpenter, following the retirement of Cheryl Ford.
Based in Halifax, UK , DCUK specialises in sourcing and distributing high quality nursery products and is well known for its pushchair, highchair, toy and feeding brands in the national, multiple and independent retail sectors. DCUK’s brands include UPPAbaby, nomi, Cloud b, Tot2Walk and its own brand, Baby dc feeding/weaning range.
Cheryl Ford has worked in the nursery trade for over 40 years on brands including Cindico, Maclaren, Bebecar, Silver Cross – and for the last ten years, at DCUK, where she enjoyed seeing the growth of UPPAbaby and her other brands. Cheryl valued her time at DCUK as some of the best years in her working life. She sees herself as a “VISTA girl through and through!”.
Over her time in the industry, Cheryl has formed some firm friendships with many retailers, media and suppliers, and is a key person who the industry enjoys seeing and speaking to – oh, and of course sharing a mint tea with (usually with her own supply in her handbag!). We think everyone will agree that it was a joy to see her at her last trade Show in Harrogate in October with that famous Cheryl smile on her face! The industry has lost not just a fantastic Sales Manager, but a real force in the industry and a friend. We do know however, that those friendships will continue as she enjoys time with her family in the next chapter of her life.
Michael Carpenter joins the DCUK team with fresh eyes on the industry, after a sabbatical outside Nursery. Well-known to many retailers in the south of the country, Michael worked at Silver Cross for 10 years and his return to the industry and his appointment to DCUK is set to be an exciting one.
Director of Sales for DCUK, Richard Bamforth, comments:
“Cheryl was our first employee after myself and she played a big part in establishing and building the UPPAbaby brand in the UK. She can now look back and be proud of what she has achieved. We all wish her a long and happy retirement and I want to personally thank her for everything she has done for us over the last decade.”
Richard continues: “Michael joins us on his return to the industry after a few years away. As you know, the nursery industry gets under your skin and I am delighted to welcome him back. It will be great to see what the next few months and years will bring with his energy and lead.”