People: Parfetts; Roxtec; Marketing Lancashire; WorkNest; Maldron Hotel; Claritas Tax

Richard Fleming

Stockport based cash and carry business Parfetts is supporting retailers with the appointment of Richard Fleming as head of operations (West).

He will be responsible for developing the delivered service for the Stockport, Aintree and Anfield depots and ensuring excellence in the cash and carry operations.

Richard joins the business from Booker and will report to Andy Whitworth, wholesale director at Parfetts.

The Go Local fascia has seen rapid growth over the past two years and has more than 1,000 retailers. The delivered service has helped Parfetts expand its reach into the Midlands, North Wales and the Scottish Borders over the past 12 months.

Andy Whitworth said: “Richard brings a wealth of experience to this new role. He joins the business at an exciting time as the Go Local and The Local Brands expand throughout the North West. Our delivered offer, which allows retailers to order up until midday for next day delivery, is proving hugely popular with new and existing customers.”

Parfetts operates across the North, Midlands and Wales through a national logistics network, digital channels and seven wholesale depots.

Richard Fleming said: “I’m looking forward to working with the fantastic teams across the depots and meeting customers across the region.”

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Cable and pipe seal manufacturer Roxtec has appointed a new process industries technical manager. Renzo Schettini joins the Bury-based firm after spending several years as business development manager for a UK-based manufacturer.

In that role Renzo, who has a strong background in sales and support, was responsible for a large part of the cable specialist’s European territory, including Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Switzerland.

He has more than 15 years’ experience in a range of sectors that include industrial safety devices, covering oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical and original equipment manufacturers.

Renzo Schettini

In his new role Renzo will work to help drive Roxtec’s business and its presence in the process industries, focusing on decarbonisation projects of industrial clusters across the UK while remaining committed to the petrochemical industry.

His appointment comes as Swedish-owned Roxtec, which has its UK headquarters in Waterfold Business Park in Bury, is looking ahead to a strong 12 months driving UK turnover to more than £6m and group turnover to in excess of £173m. UK headcount now stands at 20.

Renzo said: “I’m really looking forward to my new role, working to drive the business forward as it further enhances its place as the global leader in pipe and cable safety seals. Roxtec is a name known across the world for its engineering excellence and its innovation.

“These are exciting times for the business, and I can’t wait to get out there to support its customers.”

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Marketing Lancashire, the county’s destination management organisation, has welcomed a new member to the team.

Ian Stackhouse, who originally hails from Burnley, joins the organisation as partnerships manager, responsible for looking after the 500+ tourism and hospitality Visit Lancashire partners, and for seeking out new partnership opportunities that help showcase and bring economic benefits to the county.

Ian Stackhouse

Ian is a leisure marketing graduate with many years’ experience in both private and public sectors, working in destination marketing, business support, town centre management and regeneration. After 15 years in Cornwall, he returned home in April 2021 and has worked for the past year as economic development officer at Rossendale Borough Council, where his duties included tourism development and marketing.

Marketing Lancashire chief executive, Rachel Mc Queen, said: “Ian brings a wealth of experience to this important role within the organisation and he has made it clear he is absolutely thrilled to be back on home ground.

“I know Ian is looking forward to reacquainting himself with the whole of the county and is especially keen to get to know the wide range of businesses within Lancashire’s tourism and hospitality sector. His experience in business development, tourism marketing and regeneration will be invaluable as we build back Lancashire’s visitor economy to the levels of growth experienced before the pandemic.”

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Chester-based employment law, HR and health and safety support firm, WorkNest, has announced the appointment of new chief people officer, Katie Muncaster.

A CIPD Chartered Fellow with a degree in Psychology and an HR career spanning more than two decades, Katie has extensive experience and a passion for people and engagement. She will be instrumental in developing WorkNest’s company culture across the UK, and delivering on the promises made in the WorkNest Pledge, a statement on the business’s workplace values and aspirations around ESG and D&I.

Katie Muncaster

Katie said: “I’m excited to join an organisation that truly understands how to support employers with a full suite of employment law, HR and health and safety services and powerful people-centric technology platforms. But mostly, I’m looking forward to building a new internally-focused people team.”

Chief executive, Gavin Snell, said: “It’s important that somebody in your business not only has the enthusiasm to keep up a motivated workforce, but has accountability and can take the reins to develop culture.”

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Maldron Hotel Manchester City Centre has announced the appointment of Carl Davies as general manager ahead of its official opening, which is set to take place in February.

Situated opposite the new Circle Square development, off Oxford Road, the four-star hotel, which is owned by the Dalata Hotel Group, will feature 278 modern bedrooms, a restaurant and bar, a coffee shop, fitness suite and meeting and event rooms.

Carl Davies

Carl, who originates from South Wales, has been working in the hospitality industry for 17 years and joined the Dalata Hotel Group in 2016. Beginning his career with the Irish hotel group as food and beverage manager for Clayton Hotel Cardiff, he quickly moved up the ranks to deputy general manager.

He said: “It’s been incredibly exciting watching the hotel come together, from the early days of construction through to the recruitment of our experienced team as we inch closer to opening day.

“There is a great buzz in the air with momentum picking up pace and the hotel really beginning to take shape now. No two days have been the same so far, but that is what I love about working in hospitality.”

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Claritas Tax has announced a key senior hire in Russell Bennett, a dual-qualified Chartered Surveyor and Tax Specialist, who will lead the burgeoning land and property service line.

Senior manager Russell Bennett said: “Now more than ever it’s important for businesses and individuals to get good quality, independent advice to help them access the investment incentives that the Chancellor is relying on to kick-start the economy. I am looking forward to working alongside clients to help them find a path through the challenges and opportunities that 2022 will inevitably bring.”

Russell Bennett

Matt Hodgson, partner at Claritas Tax, said: “As one of the most highly taxed areas of the economy, property developments and investments require careful attention in order to navigate the numerous potential taxes and reliefs. Russell’s depth of experience in the property sector means he’s made an immediate impact to our business.”

Partner, Iain Wright, said: “The development of the land and property service will complement our existing strengths in private client and corporate and transaction taxes. Many private clients hold commercial property portfolios where benefiting from tax relief can make a material difference to their returns, whilst minimising the after-tax cost of their land and property supports and enables investment by businesses.”

Russell’s arrival is hot on the heels of Sarah Scala who leads the tax disputes resolution business. Claritas tax has offices in Manchester, Birmingham and London.

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