Sarah Bickerstaff, Branch Manager – Graduate

I started in the industry in 2007 after university on a two-year graduate scheme where I worked the yard, the sales counter, the sales office and then undertook the role of Assistant Branch Manager. I've participated in a number of training courses, from sales to Health & Safety and I also undertook a diploma in management. This was hugely beneficial as I was able to undertake every role in branch and I learnt how all the parts of the business came together.

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Upon completing the two-year programme I was promoted to Branch Manager and I've managed two branches over the last five years. The training and the support from my manager and Area Directors has helped me progress quickly. With the right attitude and commitment it's easy to develop within a large company such as Jewson. The challenges I face each day are different and I love the interaction with the customers and the challenge of becoming the best merchant in town, which is about developing the best team and training and developing employees.

I believe that our people are our most important asset and having the right people, in the right role are fundamental to having a successful branch.