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Two more senior appointments at Bestway Wholesale

Bestway has announced two further senior appointments as the wholesaler continues to boost its top teams

Adrian O’Brien has been confirmed as the permanent Head of Symbol at Bestway Retail, while Richard Scrimgeour has joined as Central Operations Director.

The duo’s arrival has been announced only days after Andrew Kenny, Les Mohammed and Robbie Moore’s arrivals were announced, with the appointments adding further strength to the business as Bestway looks to realise its ambitious growth plans.

O’Brien, who has worked for Costcutter since 2013, will take up the role of Head of Symbol at Bestway Retail on a permanent basis after being seconded to this role earlier this year. O’Brien began as Head of Business Development in Northern Ireland 10 years ago before becoming Regional Controller of Northern Ireland, which was subsequently expanded to include Scotland and Northern England.

He has more than 20 years of experience in the retail industry having begun his career with Palmer and Harvey as a Symbol Manager before moving to Costcutter. O’Brien will head up the Bestway sales team, reporting directly to Retail Director, Mike Hollis, and will be responsible for the Symbol retail estate across Bestway Retail, from a leadership, sales, compliance, and growth perspective.

Formerly of Nisa, Scrimgeour is joining Bestway Retail as Central Operations Director and is also reporting to Retail Director Hollis – succeeding Janine Tomkins who is leaving the business for a new role.

Scrimgeour previously worked at Nisa for 19 years, most recently as Head of Retail Operations and prior to that worked at a senior level at Shell UK, Whitbread PLC Punch Taverns and T&S Stores.

Scrimgeour will head up the central operations team, business support, customer services and communications. Richard will also lead on all major projects involving new store concepts, devising processes and training solutions to enable store teams to deliver world class retail operations.

“We are delighted to welcome Richard as Central Operations Director as he brings a wealth of retail experience to the role having worked previously worked for Nisa for nearly 20 years,” said Hollis.

“Richard will a play an integral role within the team on the development and launch of our new store concepts being rolled out across the business.

“It’s with great pleasure to announce the promotion of Adrian as Head of Symbol, we know that he will continue to build on the strong relationships within his team to help grow the business of our symbol retailers even further.

“Richard and Adrian assume responsibility of these roles at an exciting time as we strengthen our strategic positioning in the market as enter a new era to cement our position as home of choice for entrepreneurial retailers.”

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