Sharon hangs up her kitchen design tools after 40 years in trade


For the final 15 years she has labored for Bacup-based kitchen, bed room and toilet producer J and J Ormerod as Retail Supervisor on the firm’s Rossendale Interiors showrooms in Stacksteads.

Sharon, 67, mentioned: “I’ve determined to retire now as a result of 2020 has made me contemplate what I wish to do and the place I wish to go and hopefully there are holidays on the horizon.”

She has had quite a lot of jobs since faculty from counter clerk at Bolton Put up Workplace to ice cream van driver within the mid-70s, fish and chip store proprietor in Rawtenstall to double glazing vendor in Asda.

It was her potential to promote that received her observed when she was head-hunted by Neville Johnson who was organising Kitchen Problem, a direct-selling kitchen firm, in Manchester.

Sharon mentioned: “He wished an in-store advertising and marketing operation organising. At the moment there have been about 30 gross sales designers and all had been males. Neville requested me if I fancied designing kitchens as they’d been requested for a feminine designer a number of instances.

“I used to be a bit reluctant at first, as this might imply giving up a superb primary wage and an organization automotive, however I made a decision to have a go, fee solely. Thanks Neville, it was the perfect factor I ever did and I’ve been designing kitchens ever since.”

She has labored for quite a lot of corporations together with Magnet, Kingsley Kitchens, Oldham Kitchen Firm, Sharps and Betta Bedrooms and together with her husband Graham arrange their very own showroom in Southport referred to as Capricorn Kitchens.

An additional 4 years had been spent with Residing Design, one other direct-selling kitchen firm, the place Sharon took on a managerial function. The Dublin journeys and Gleneagles events had been enjoyable, however with duty got here anti-social hours together with 2am calls from designers.

It was after a stint working the direct gross sales group at Norwood Interiors in Brighouse, one among JJO’s suppliers, that she noticed the job at Rossendale Interiors.

She mentioned: “So my ultimate transfer was to Rossendale Interiors to run the Stacksteads and initially Blackpool showrooms. I’ve been right here for greater than 15 years and this has been my most gratifying and fulfilling time.

“We moved again to Rossendale almost 5 years in the past, to Lumb, once more a superb transfer. I’ve liked working for Rossendale Interiors and have met some great individuals.”

Though Sharon will now not be at showrooms designing kitchens, her daughter Suzy Halcrow has adopted in mum’s footsteps and can be a designer at JJO.

The brand new retail supervisor is Michael Skelchar.




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