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Smart Garden announces winners of the Sales Manager of the Year Award


For the first time in the history of the Smart Garden Sales Manager of the Year Awards, Chairman Paris Natar was able to congratulate more than one winner who will share the trophy over the coming year.


Stephen Kenny (Barrowbridge Ltd) covering the Republic of Ireland along with Mikki and Stuart Miller (All You Need Ltd) in East Anglia were announced joint winners for their fantastic performance in 2017. 


Having just completed his second full year with Smart, Stephen was absolutely delighted with his achievement.  “It’s been hard work but incredibly rewarding, and my win here today just highlights how quickly Smart has become the leading solar brand in the industry.  A steady stream of innovative products and great service makes them a great team to partner with”.


Stuart comments “It’s a privilege to have won the award this year, especially as we were the runners up last year.  We are very lucky to have access to such an extensive and innovative product selection, along with fantastic packaging and merchandising solutions from Smart, it makes the ranges easy for us to sell and for our customers to buy”. 


All of the winners wanted to extend their thanks to the Smart team and also to their customers for their continued support.  Jonathan Stobart, Managing Director, echoed these sentiments saying “Whilst I offer special congratulations to Stephen, Stuart and Mikki, all of our Sales Managers work incredibly hard in their areas, and the Smart team appreciate their passion for our products.  However, it is our customers who make all the difference – as we continue to grow, we look forward to further strengthening our relationships and building a presence in store which ensures that the consumer is given fantastic choice and value for money”.


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