By December 7, 2018 Read More →

Sam Stephens promoted to Devondale Electrical Wholesalers Regional Manager

L-R: Lee Warren and Sam Stephens from Devondale

The new regional manager for Devondale’s North Devon branches is set to take the business to the next level.

Sam Stephens was promoted to the role to foster closer relationships with customers and suppliers, and has been with Devondale for seven years, working his way up from counter assistant to assistant manager at the Barnstaple branch, branch manager at the Bideford branch and now regional manager. 

Sam says: “As the only independent electrical wholesaler in the area, we have the opportunity to provide a service to customers that is second to none.”

 

Sam’s promotion opened up an opportunity for a new branch manager in Barnstaple; stepping into the role is Lee Warren who joined Devondale at the beginning of November.

Lee worked for a national electrical wholesaler for 11 years including roles as assistant manager and sales rep.

“I’m pleased to take up this opportunity to run my own branch,” Lee enthuses. “I like the independent status of Devondale, the opportunities for progression and the focus the company has on working for the benefit of customers. And it’s great that the senior managers are hands on – Devondale’s MD even comes to our training days.”

 

Both Sam and Lee are keen to continue growing the North Devon branches which already work closely together, giving customers access to a wider service. As well as maintaining the existing region, the pair are also keen to establish Devondale better in nearby North Cornwall.

Devondale, which reached the finals of the North Devon Journal Awards 2018 for Business Growth, prides itself on the ability to provide a personal service to customers, which include large and small contractors. Sam explains:

“Our customers say they like to use a local supplier, and because we have total flexibility in servicing their accounts, we are able to find the best solutions for them. Our philosophy is that the best customer is the one that comes back – we work hard to ensure they do.”

The two branches are committed to working together with the local community by supporting community projects with donations and sponsorship. These include the donation of electrical parts for a defibrillator in Dolton, contributing radiators to RNLI Clovelly, sponsoring two local football teams and supporting Bideford Boxing Club.