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Darlac appoints Business Development Manager

Darlac has appointed Luke Finnegan as Business Development Manager to help drive the company sales growth.


Luke has had a varied and successful career in sales and sales management, most recently as Regional Sales Director at Garden pride. At Garden Pride Luke oversaw a complete brand identity upgrade and introduced a highly successful business development plan which has propelled the company sales and perception within the garden trade.


He will report to Sales Manager, Chris Owen, and is looking forward to the challenge ahead. He says, “I am delighted to become part of the Darlac team. It is a company which shows ambition, drive and potential and I want to bring success to the business and our trade customers. Darlac has a fantastic product range, puts the customer first and every gardener should get to know the great value tools”


Not that Luke will have much spare time but, when he does, being a DJ is top of the list and he plays in many clubs & bars as well as hosting club nights in the South. He also enjoys a bike ride and the occasional swim! He is also a BBQ King and is proud to say he is the cook of the house!

Commenting on the appointment, Darlac Sales Manager Chris Owen said: “I am really pleased Luke decided to join us as he shares our ethos on service and value. He brings fantastic experience to the company and I am looking forward to introducing him to our partners as we continue the story of the growth of Darlac.”

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