Birchwood Price Tools has unveiled Matt Hunt as its new Managing Director.

Matt, 42, has joined the Nottingham-based workwear, tools and site equipment business from Rexel, where he was MD for electrical wholesalers WF Senate.

His arrival will signal a new focus and direction for BPT’s market-leading brands Scruffs workwear, Defender lighting and power distribution, Van Vault security solutions and Rhino heating, cooling and drying.

The new boss is already investing in customer and end user insight to help him shape the look and feel of BPT’s ranges and service proposition going forward, in order to provide a complete solution to merchants and retailers.

Matt has a strong retail and merchant background, having previously worked at Saint Gobain for its Gibbs & Dandy brand, and intends to bring this knowledge of merchanting and retailing needs to the supplier side, in his new role, to make BPT brands and products a ‘must stock’.

One of his first actions has been to introduce a multi-brand CRM system to BPT for the first time, to capture customer data across all the ranges in the one place. He insists this will be the first of many innovations introduced under his reign.

2017 will also see Matt spearhead the opening of a brand and innovation room at the BPT headquarters in Nottingham, to enable new product ranges, merchandising techniques and promotional solutions to be showcased to customers as they’re developed.

Matt says: “I’ve worked with many suppliers over the years, so I know what great looks like and the value they can add to the performance of a category.

“I’ve met all the staff here already and can see there is a vibrant, young, diverse workforce at BPT. We have some of the best brands and product ranges on the market - now I want us to be brilliant at what we’re currently good at. That means making our brands even better.

“What excites me is the potential to make a material impact - the big, game-changing stuff. We are known for our innovation and what sparks innovation is knowing customer needs and spotting the gap.

“I want to get the basics right and foster a culture of empowerment among all the staff that drives this creativity and best practice, not just in product development but the whole customer experience.

“I’d like us to be easy to do business with and fun to do business with. The brands all have great personality and I’m keen to build on that.

“Being part of the Travis Perkins group is also very important to me, with the values of the group aligning very closely to my own way of living and working. I place a lot of store in authenticity, family values, treating customers well and making decent returns.”

Matt lives in Stratford-upon-Avon with wife Sharon and their two daughters. Away from work, he is a keen golfer and rugby union and football fan.

Birchwood Price Tools, part of Travis Perkins plc, has more than 40 years experience of designing, developing and selling its own brand products to the trade. It is available in all the UK’s leading builders’ merchants, retailers, wholesalers and more than 8,000 independents. Its ranges are also available online.

New products planned for 2017 include a new range of Defender LED lights, new Van Vault security containers and new Scruffs footwear and workwear.

Secure On-Site Storage

According to the Chartered Institute of Building, it is estimated that the UK construction industry suffers a loss of more than £400 million a year due to vandalism and theft*.

If your customer suffered a break-in and their valuable equipment and tools were taken, could they continue their job without them?

The Van Vault 4-site from Birchwood Price Tools (BPT) has been developed to combat this rise of onsite theft. Tough, durable and highly dependable, the Van Vault 4-site safeguards tools and equipment whilst working onsite, with forklift points for easy loading and maneuvering.

The tough, 2mm sheet-steel construction comes with durable, anti-corrosion protection to withstand the harsh conditions of the British weather. The black finish ensures low visibility to opportunist thieves.

Optional extras include castors to allow the user to easily maneuver the box around and between sites.

The costs in terms of the expense of replacing lost and stolen goods, as well as time lost until replacement tools are available is ever increasing. Ensure your customer is covered by offering them a Van Vault 4-site tool safe.

A break-in takes as little as 10 seconds**. Can your customers afford to lose their tools?

Visit the BPT stand C15 at The Executive Hire Show at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry from 8-9th February 2017 to see more of the BPT hire range.

For more information visit: http://www.vanvault.co.uk/

*CIOB Report

** www.police.uk/crime-prevention-advice/vehicle-crime/ 

Rhino - Keeping Tradespeople Working

Birchwood Price Tools is exhibiting its core hire solutions from the Rhino range at The Executive Hire Show at the Ricoh Arena, on 8-9th February 2017.

This core range includes the Rhino TQ3, Air Raid 500 and the Fume Extractor, all key products for hire industry specialists looking for solutions to suit the ever-changing weather conditions in the UK, all year round. From heating and cooling solutions through to the flood recovery range, Rhino keeps the trade working!

The best-selling high efficiency thermo-quartz heater - TQ3 - is ideal for both temporary heating and drying paintwork & plaster. The robust heater has a plastic body which resists dents and scrapes, making it the ideal temporary heating solution. The integral wheels allow for easy mobility, and moving the heater between sites, rooms and store. Available in 110v or 230v.

Perfect for those hot, summer days is the Air Raid 500. This portable higher-output industrial fan has been developed to withstand the demands of all applications - it's as tough as they come! Available in 110v or 230v.

A 3-in-1 air mover designed to cool, ventilate and extract clean or dirty air from both restricted and open environments, the Rhino Fume Extractor is a tough all-rounder. Available in 110v or 230v.

Visit the BPT stand C15 at The Executive Hire Show at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry from 8-9th February 2017 to see more of the BPT hire range and to talk through your hire requirements.

For more information please contact:

Anna Townsend (0)115 938 9000

[email protected]


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