Thomas Ridley strengthens sales team with new Director

Jon Matthews has been appointed as Sales Director at Thomas Ridley, following 28 years of foodservice experience at Bidfood, where he was previously Head of Sales

Joining the team in late November, Jon brings to Thomas Ridley his wealth of industry knowledge, leadership skills and expertise in building successful teams; with consistent double-digit growth.

Paul Knight, Commercial Director at Thomas Ridley, welcomes Jon to the team:

“I welcome Jon’s wealth of foodservice experience and local knowledge, having lived and worked in Suffolk for around 30 years. With a keen eye on new business development, I’m very excited that Jon’s here and that he’s ready to take on lots of new and exciting challenges with us. Jon has a fierce appetite for growth and tenacity for empowering positive change, and I’m sure he’s going to be a great fit for the team.”

Charged with further developing Thomas Ridley’s strategy for developing new business, Jon will also be focusing on delivering more value for current customers as well as strengthening the company’s performance in key sectors and expanding the sales team.

Jon Matthews, Sales Director at Thomas Ridley, said:

“I’m excited to jump into this role and have a big impact. The team at Thomas Ridley has been incredibly welcoming and working for a company that champions family values, and really cares for its customers, fits perfectly with my beliefs. I’m looking forward to working collaboratively with the sales team to deliver real improvements for our customers, while helping to develop the business further.”

On Monday 23rd January Thomas Ridley was acquired by Bidcorp and is now part of the Caterfood Buying Group. Caterfood is committed to preserving the Thomas Ridley brand and family values and Justin Godfrey, MD of Thomas Ridley (whose family has owned the company for more than 200 years), will remain in his position at the company.

Thomas Ridley will continue to operate as an autonomous business within this new ownership structure and Jon Matthews will play a vital role in shaping future sales performance and growth at Thomas Ridley.

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