Published on January 12th, 2021 | by The GC Team0
Steve Jones steps up to MD at Sirius
Sirius Buying Group, prominent in the electrical appliance and kitchen retail industry, has announced that former commercial director Steve Jones has been appointed as its new Managing Director, with effect from January 2021.
He has been with Sirius for 16 years, starting out as administration manager before progressing to commercial manager, then appointed as commercial director in 2016.
The promotion, says Sirius, “is testament to Steve Jones’ continued dedication and level of expertise within the electrical appliance industry, and it comes at a time when independent retailers up and down the country are subject to new trade agreements post-Brexit and evolving government lockdown measures throughout Q1/21 impacting retail.”
Jones is well known in the industry as a champion of independent retailers, and during his 16 years with Sirius has seen steady growth in Approved Members and Suppliers joining the group.
Pete Gilks, Founder Member and Sirius director, said: “As a young man, Steve brought his skills and enthusiasm to the group straight away. He matured very quickly and embraced the many years of knowledge and experience from those around him, resulting in a keen business acumen. Having worked closely with him to develop the group, I am very pleased that his appointment as Managing Director will secure its future and take it to the next level of success.
“It has been an absolute privilege to see Steve’s dedication to the business first hand. He carries his depth of knowledge without airs and has remarkable foresight, which has enabled us to create pioneering new ventures like our first-ever Digital Trade Show in October last year. Steve knows the business from the ground up, which gives him the ability to mentor and support so many different people and challenge them to go beyond what they think is possible. He has the rare ability to connect with people and make them feel good, boosting confidence and giving them the impetus to follow through and get dramatic results in their professional lives.”
Jones commented: “To say this is a massive honour is an understatement, as I am extremely proud to continue being an authoritative figure for our members and mutual support mechanism for retail development and economic efficiency. It is definitely the members’ company, but I will continue to look after Sirius as if it were my own – both present and future!”