Magden sets course for growth

Published:  15 November, 2013

Magden has appointed Nick Friend as managing director as the company sets course for a new period of growth.

After 30 years in charge, Magden’s founders Alan and Mary Robinson have sold a majority shareholding in the company to Mr Friend and his associates.

With a wealth of experience in growing businesses in the distribution and trade sectors, Mr Friend said: “I am thrilled to be joining the team at Magden, and very proud to be associated with such a well-regarded business. I am eager to build on Magden’s successful history and its reputation for outstanding customer service.”

Former divisional sales manager of specialist building products, Laurence Hicks, will work alongside Mr Friend taking up the post of commercial manager. Mr Hicks, who has a strong network of contacts in the cellular building products industry, is no stranger to Magden.

He explained: “I have been working with Magden for many years so I understand the business and the high standards its customers expect. I’m very proud to be working in a company I have admired for such a long time.”

While there are changes at the top, founders Alan and Mary Robinson will retain active roles in the company. Having expanded the business to include branches in Manchester, Cleckheaton, Rotterdam, and Birtley, with 16 delivery vans and clients across the UK, the pair said they will continue to focus on customer service.

“Mary and I retain shares in Magden and will continue as directors,” Mr Robinson said. “We will remain active in the business, ensuring that Magden’s commitment to customer service remains as strong as ever.”

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