North East soft furnishings specialist the Bazaar Group has appointed three new senior managers as part of an ambitious five-year growth plan, including plans to double staff.
Celebrating 10 years in business this month, the Bazaar Group has made fundamental changes in restructuring the roles of its senior management team, as well as investing in additional skills by employing new senior staff.
An entirely new position of head of human resources is a key appointment in this restructure – placing people at the heart of development plans. This comes alongside new roles of head of buying and sourcing, head of design and development, head of operations and head of sales and marketing, providing greater clarity and productivity between departments.
New people joining the business include head of HR Toni Madine with 30 years’ HR consultancy experience across various sectors, as well as being an experience assessor for the CIPD and associate lecturer at Northumbria University. Philippe Galland joins as head of sales and marketing having gained extensive experience in brand development within companies such as P&G and the Pentland Group. Head of design and development is Andrew Atkins, who brings board-level experience in housewares and fast-moving consumer goods.
Bazaar Group managing director Mark Dolder explains the importance of the role of human resources in the future development of the company: “We have always placed an incredible amount of value on the people in our business and consequently we have a fantastic team.
“The trio of appointments complements the existing management team of head of buying and sourcing Allison Chatten and head of operations Chris Roberts, who have been integral in successfully growing the business to its current point and continue to take on exciting new challenges as their roles develop as part of the new structure.
“As part of our business development strategy we wanted to take our people development plan a step further. This meant having a dedicated in-house HR manager who could outline a programme for career development, leadership skills and apprenticeships, which could be rolled out across the departments.
“It’s vital that we inspire people to want to join our team; we have a passionate, family-run business with members of staff who have been with us since we started 10 years ago. Combining this tight-knit company culture with a strategic and driven development plan will help to position us an employer of choice, not only in the North East, but across the UK.”
Mark believes it is this attention to the workforce that is the solution to skills gap in the region. He added: “As a region renowned for losing our talented workforce to other regions, we need to do more as employers to retain our staff and encourage more talent into the North East. Investing in training, development, mentoring and apprenticeships is something that has always served us well; we are now simply making a greater commitment to our staff to ensure they have opportunities and careers that continue to inspire and challenge them daily.”
The Bazaar Group founder and creative director Jayne Dolder said: “We have always maintained a culture of ‘small company, big thinking’ in order to inspire our team and achieve our goals. Our newly-structured senior management team is made up of incredibly talented individuals who have a combined wealth of experience that will successfully lead our business into a new stage of growth.
“Under the new structure, the clearer divisions and aspirations will help us to see where we need to plug skills gaps with training or outline new roles with further appointments in our recruitment drive.”