Christeyns, a leading supplier in the hygiene world, manufacturing detergents and supplying engineering equipment and expertise from its base in Bradford, last week hosted a conference for over 100 employees. Representatives from all its divisions, including laundry, food hygiene, specialist construction chemicals and professional hygiene came from across the UK to attend the event.
The conference provided the opportunity to announce 2019 targets for the business, for both Christeyns UK and its parent company Christeyns N.V. and for staff to look back on the successes and challenges of 2018. Nick Garthwaite, Managing Director Christeyns UK, led the opening address and update from a UK perspective. Alain Bostoen, CEO of Christeyns Group, provided the global viewpoint.
2018 proved another successful year for the company with the overall UK group turnover exceeding £60 million for the first time in Christeyns’ history. From January to December 2018 all divisions recorded positive turnover growth, with one division growing by 17 per cent.
Key issues such as industry trends and the impact of Brexit ,were discussed as well as training, marketing and business development across all its market sectors. Christeyns’ new Ozone cleaning technology, Speed-O, was also launched to the sales teams.
Guest speaker Alan Chambers MBE, former Royal Marine and Polar Adventurer, spoke about his achievements, following the motivational theme of ‘how to do what seems impossible’.
“Conferences such as this are essential for the success of the company as a whole, providing opportunity to talk to and learn from other colleagues,” commented Nick Garthwaite, Managing Director. “We all gain a deeper understanding of the latest products and industry developments as well as insight into what will be the key issues for our customers over the coming year.”
Alain Bostoen and Nick Garthwaite closed the event with a summary of the 2019 plans, which include ambitious organic growth as well as further acquisitions.