Costcutter stalwart Jamie Davison has moved to the newly created role of business development director, new business, as the symbol group gears up for a major retailer recruitment drive.
Cosctutter has also hired Paperchase Products retail director Francesca Haynes as business development director, wholesale. Haynes has been at Paperchase since August 2018 and has previously worked at B&Q, Asda and Aldi, including four years as store operations director at the discounter.
Davison has been at Costcutter for 26 years and has been business development director since November 2010.
Davison will head up the recruitment drive, which will be focused on demonstrating the growth existing retailers have experienced as a result of Costcutter’s Shopper First insight programme. The campaign features Costcutter retailers and shopper testimonials, as well as case studies and insights into the levels of support Costcutter offers. These will be available on a new website: www.freshstart.costcutter.co.uk.
“I’m delighted that we are starting the year in such a strong position,” said Costcutter retail director Mike Hollis. “Our new recruitment drive is our most comprehensive yet and is aimed at progressive retailers who want to work with us and take advantage of our outstanding offer, combined with the expert support we provide to help retailers meet the needs of their shoppers to grow their sales and profitability.
“The campaign rightly focuses on the strength of the Co-op own brand products, particularly across fresh and healthy eating options, as well as vegan and free-from and crucially the growth that retailers can experience from tapping into these key trends with us.
“With highly competitive prices and great rebates of up to 6%, we believe that the strength of our offer for retailers is compelling. Not to mention our unique Shopper First insights, combined with a modern, contemporary store brand.
“Our new structure will also enable our new and existing retailers alike to benefit from Jamie’s wealth of CSG experience and the first-rate experience Francesca brings with her from her successful retail career. I’m delighted to welcome Francesca to the team and to see Jamie take up a new and pivotal position in our business.”