F&P Wholesale MD Mark Earnshaw at the company's Wakefield site.
F&P Wholesale directors go back to the floor
Published: 26 September, 2012
LEICESTER: As part of a company-wide initiative to raise money for the Whizz-Kidz charity, directors at F&P Wholesale have been going 'back to the floor' at the company's 10 distribution centres across the UK.
The UK distributor of heating, plumbing and bathroom products to independent merchants challenged each individual distribution centre to raise as much sponsorship money as possible through bake sales, auctions and dress up days, as well as donations from branch staff, suppliers and customers.
The competing branches then submitted a sealed bid the company's charity co-ordinator for consideration.
Following the sealed bid results, the winning centre in Wakefield was given the chance to select the director of their choice to work with them. It chose managing director, Mark Earnshaw, to join the team for a day - making rounds of tea, assisting with goods in and sweeping the warehouse floor.
Other directors also travelled across the country to get 'back to the floor', with key account director Richard Birch visiting the West Midlands branch, business development director Shane Knight helping out in Nottingham and Alasdair Watson supporting the Camberley based team. All directors were also challenged to continue raising sponsorship money in order to collect as much money as possible for Whizz-Kidz.
Mr Earnshaw commented: "Working back on the shop floor and in the office further enhanced our team of directors' understanding of what we expect of our staff every day - proving that every individual and their role within F&P Wholesale is essential to ensure we provide our customers with the best possible service.
"We have had some really good feedback during our days back on the floor and it gave us a chance to interact with staff at every level and chat through their suggestions as to how we could enhance certain procedures at the distribution centres. We will certainly be looking at investing in some new technologies to make our branch procedures even smoother.
"Aside from the team-building element, this challenge also allowed us to raise more than £2700 for our 2012 chosen charity, Whizz-Kidz, which provides disabled children with the essential wheelchairs and other mobility equipment they need to lead fun and active childhoods," Mr Earnshaw stated.
"My experience of going back to the floor was both interesting and challenging. I came away feeling really proud of the great team of people we employ and their efforts to raise money for such a good cause."