Independent plumbers merchant buying group the IPG (Independent Plumbing Group) is expanding into larger offices and has appointed two senior members of staff.
Kevin Oakes joins IPG as director with over 15 years’ experience in the bathroom, shower and sanitary sector, He will oversee the growth of sanitaryware deals and he is also responsible for developing and maintaining member relationships, mainly in the southern region.
Stephanie Bolton has joined the organisation as marketing manager. In this role, she will have responsibility for overseeing all corporate marketing initiatives and strategy and comes to IPG with an impressive track record of B2B, and consumer marketing and over 13 years of marketing experience in the plumbing and drainage sector.
In her role, she will be responsible for developing and implementing the marketing strategies that will deliver continued and long term growth for suppliers and members alike.
Bolton says: “It is a fantastically exciting time to join IPG. Thanks to the hard work of the team, the organisation has grown beyond any expectations in its first year. The IPG brand is already a wonderful asset. As we enter into significant growth and expansion plans, I am really looking forward to working with the team and our members, to deliver innovative and creative marketing approaches which will further drive supplier participation and member engagement.”
“These appointments further highlight our commitment to invest in the right people that can continue to support and improve our service to our membership. They bring a strong combination of skills and related industry experience to help lead our growth and expansion efforts and provide our members the opportunity to trade on par with the nationals.” said IPG, managing director Robin Beal.