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Published on May 24th, 2021 | by The GC Team


D.A.D. wins Sirius Distributor of the Year accolade

Electrical appliance and kitchen retail sector buying group Sirius has awarded its Distributor of the Year accolade to Domestic Appliance Distributors (D.A.D) for 2021.

The trophy was presented to D.A.D. Group Chairman Adrian Gillman (above left) by Steve Jones, Sirius’ MD. Jones said: “I am absolutely delighted to present Adrian and his company with this award as a way to personally thank him for his team’s tireless efforts and the results it produced with us last year. D.A.D has been able to keep our Members well-supplied and well-informed during one of the most challenging periods of retail for independents nationwide.”

Sirius’ citation included a personal acknowledgement of Adrian Gillman’s experience and knowledge, as well as praising the Tewkesbury-based distributors’ efforts to maintain its support and supplies to the industry during an extremely difficult time: “With over 50 years’ experience in the electrical sector with an intuitive knowledge of kitchen retail, Adrian Gillman, Owner of D.A.D, is well known for his friendly and proactive sales team, which serves the UK & N Ireland. D.A.D more than lives up to its brand promise of ‘Going the distance to deliver the goods’, thanks to its constant innovation and key focus on customer satisfaction, 24/7 online ordering, wide brand assortment, clear sales processes and dedication to the end-user.”

 In accepting the Award, Gillman said: “We are extremely pleased that our work has been recognised by such a discerning Buying Group and would like to say a big thank you to all Sirius members. As the bridge between suppliers and retailers, we have been very proud to partner with Sirius to keep the supply chain moving. Going the extra miles is part of who we are and it is great to be recognised for our efforts. We won’t be resting on our laurels, though, as we are fully prepared to support the industry as home improvements and renovations hot up, following the boom in the property market.”

 Steve Jones added: “One of the many things I love about the KBB sector is the feeling of community and how the indie retailer is steadfast in its commitment and passion for quality products and service, supported by distributors like D.A.D. We need to harness and convey this level of skill and personal assurance to each and every customer, taking pride in our industry’s extensive knowledge and unique ability to design kitchen living spaces for the individual. Customers will buy from people they like and trust, who take the time to listen to their needs and actively understand what is being said behind the words. In my opinion, building more relationships and deepening connections is the way forward for all of us, so that our teams are tighter, our understanding is greater and we will attract the right customers for our particular season of business. Our Sirius members are at different stages of growth in their businesses, which is why we offer such great support and mentoring to new members when they join our community.”

 The Sirius leadership team is preparing for a live virtual Members meeting on 21st June ahead of its second digital conference which goes live on 24th June. Mark Veysey, General Manager at Sirius Buying Group explained: ”We are tracking the latest data, and consolidating the latest expert thinking on the direction of travel for 2021-22 will give members a solid foundation for forward planning to ensure maximum profitability as we manage the changes brought by Covid and Brexit. By mapping trends in High Street retail, in store and online, we have been looking at consumer buying patterns in both the medium and long term. The digital conference next month has already seen a prime level of engagement from our suppliers, along with positive feedback from group members who are looking forward to the event, given the success and opportunities presented to them at our debut digital trade show last year.”

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