Evesham, United Kingdom (PressExposure) February 08, 2012 -- Plumbworld the biggest supplier of bathroom suites, toilets & bidets in the United Kingdom are continuing to expand and leave a large footprint on the online plumbing and tool sector. The footprint doesn't look set to fade as the Plumbworld network take more strides to dominate the sectors that their websites occupy.
This ongoing development can be seen by their staffing requirements being raised and having to take on more staff in specific departments within the business. The latest department to see new recruits is the IT sector, responsible for the maintenance of all the hardware, software and other computer related problems within the organisation.
The IT department is fundamental to ensuring the smooth running of everything; from the website the customers see to the internal workings of the in-house system, everything needs to be in tip-top order. If any of these essential mechanisms should fail, websites may go down and customers won't be able to view the site, let alone purchase goods such as bath panels or heating systems - therefore these roles are of huge importance.
Richard Aldridge, Director of IT at Plumbworld commented on the new recruits: "It's essential that we pick the correct people and our interview process is quite rigorous in this sense; however, it pays off as our turnover of staff is relatively low. This means we can gain and keep those experienced in this kind of role rather than constantly having new people in and retraining them; the business attempts to employ this thinking throughout all departments."
This gradual but constant continuation of growth within the business may be a sign that the hard economic down spiral has levelled off and is in fact reversing. Most businesses have seen losses over the last few years; however, Plumbworld has only seen increases in turnover, by approximately 20% per year.
Lee Hill, Systems Admin at Plumbworld said the following: "It appears the new guys are settling in well, I'm mentoring one whilst Richard and Mark take the other under their wing. Both have relatively different positions, one more focused on software, whilst the other is hardware based; this is ideal as we can play to their strengths, rather than put them out of their comfort zone which may hinder performance.
Regardless of this, they both appear to be extremely focused and look like they will mould well with existing staff and play a vital role in the future of the business."
Plumbworld was established in 1999 by James and Anita Hickman and was later sold to the Grafton Group PLC in December 2006, they now employ over 50 people in their purpose built warehouse and offices and turnover close to £20 million a year. The Plumbworld Empire expands month by month with new additions to staff and websites; the current website count sits at 50+ with more in the pipeline. The websites vary hugely and specialise in anything from multifuel stoves and bathroom suites to shower pumps and Mira showers.