Welcome to the latest instalment of our ‘People of Heckmondwike’ blog series, where we showcase the faces behind the commercial carpet tiles manufacturer. This week, we caught up with Yorkshire Area Sales Manager, John Barraclough.
Continue reading to learn about his favourite product range, visions for the future and his famous feature in a special edition of Weetabix Top Trumps cards.
How long have you worked at Heckmondwike?
I joined Heckmondwike in May 2007 on a 6 month contract to cover maternity in the North West Area. From October 2008, I was offered the full time position of Area Sales Manager for the North East of England.
This left 10 months, during which time I worked on various projects including temporary coverage of the Midlands Area Sales Manager and 3 months as temporary Dispatch Manager. From September 2013, I was also responsible for Scotland in addition to my existing area.
Finally in 2017, after a major restructure of the business, I took on responsibility for Yorkshire.
What does your role entail?
I am responsible for the promotion of sales of Heckmondwike products by gaining specifications through architects, councils, interior designers, facilities management companies, builders and more. I also visit flooring contractors, flooring wholesalers, and various other flooring outlets.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.
I once featured in a limited edition of Weetabix Top Trumps Cards. The moustache looks a bit tragic…
How do you envision the future of carpet manufacturing?
I think that the manufacture of man-made carpets will continue for many years. However, companies will need to embrace sustainability and make far more use of recycled products in order to become more environmentally friendly.
What is your favourite product range and why?
It would have to be Array carpet tiles, as they offer an incredibly creative finish.
Finally, favourite biscuit to have with a brew?
Being a true Yorkshireman it has to be anything from Fox’s Biscuits, especially when someone else has bought them!
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