Spar UK has appointed Mark Steven in the new role of business development controller.
Steven joins Spar from Palmer & Harvey where he was regional sales manager and held senior positions with Keystore and Spar (Botterills) multi-site retailers.
According to Spar, his appointment strengthens the company’s commitment to recruiting new stores this year.
Steven will be responsible for growing Spar’s symbol estate and will be based in the Harrow office, as part of the company’s retail department. It has recently been restructured with the creation of a recruitment managers working group, which will be lead by Steven.
Steven said: “I am really excited about my new role at Spar, where I am committed to driving store numbers through the acquisition of national retail accounts, attracting new retailers to the Spar brand and sharing information and best practice from around the Spar business.
“The one to one business support and continuous brand development provided by Spar enables retailers to truly grow sales and profitability within their businesses. This is a fantastic brand to be working with given Spar’s long and established 55-year history in the UK and the fact that globally Spar is the largest food retailer in the world.
“I feel confident that my experience in the symbol sector over the past 20 years will equip me well for this role.”
Jon Bleeze, recently appointed head of retail at Spar UK, said: “Mark is a high level recruiter with great experience, and I am delighted he is joining us as we grow the Spar estate.
“Spar is serious about store recruitment in 2012, and a major focus of the business is in continuing to develop national and multi site accounts based on our successful partnerships with national operators such as Bourne Leisure, ISS and Compass,” he said.
“Our key objectives for 2012 are to develop our national retail account business and to support the wider business in growing store numbers by demonstrating how the Spar offer can be successfully adapted to meet the varying needs of the retailer,” said Bleeze.