UK confectionery wholesaler Bon Bon’s revamps senior management team

Luxury British confectionery business, Bon Bon’s Wholesale has refreshed its senior team in appointing two new joint managing directors to steer the company forward, writes Neill Barston.

Kirsty Firth, formerly its head of customer service, and Ben Yates, previously head of sales, will take the helm at the Tockwith-based firm, which includes hf Chocolate.

The company’s former MD Steve Campbell has returned to focus on sales, as the enterprise focuses on maintaining its performance for the Christmas period, which remains of core importance for the sector in terms of delivering a high portion of annual revenues.

As the business noted, Kirsty has been with the company for 15 years, and since joining, she gained experience across all departments that will help her to manage the operation at its head office.

Ben joined Bon Bon’s as a territory account manager in 2013. Having run the sales operation for the past four years, he has extensive knowledge of customers’ needs and its core markets.

Both Kirsty and Ben are Bon Bon’s through-and-through and will be working hard with the wider team to progress the company vision, strengthen supplier relationships and deliver sales growth for our customers in the years ahead.

Steve remains at Bon Bon’s as account manager for the North East and will lead the business’ sustainability and packaging projects. his service for the company has been exceptional during incredibly challenging times including the impact of Brexit, the covid pandemic and the recent move to our new premises at Moorside, Tockwith. Steve’s departure has been a planned process which will help avoid any instability during the change.

Bon Bon’s is part of the family-owned Lanchester Group, led by CEO Tony Cleary, who said: “We recognised the change of leadership needed to be well thought through to ensure the continuation of the culture, values and business principles, which in our view, are the main driver of our success. We deliberately chose to recruit internally to ensure consistent progression in our business aims and objectives.

“Steve steered the business through an extremely tumultuous period and guided it exceptionally well. We are delighted he is staying with us.”


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