Horwood sales manager Grant Simmons retires after 49 years of service

Horwood south-west area sales manager Grant Simmons retired last Wednesday (June 26) after 49 years of service with the Bristol-based housewares supplier.

Horwood marketing manager James Robinson said: “Grant joined Horwood in 1970, starting in the warehouse. Within a few years he got his driving licence, and when the company hit peak time, Grant was asked to do a few local deliveries around Bristol. As legend has it, he managed to double most orders – and Mr Horwood saw an opportunity, and offered him a sales role. Grant never looked back – he was a natural.

“For the last 30 years he has cared for and nurtured his customers in the south-west as if they were family. We wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Horwood national sales manager Daryl Eastlake added: “Grant was a great ambassador for Horwood. His integrity, honesty and dedication are second to none. He is the perfect example to others: if I, or any of my team, can achieve half of what Grant has during his time at Horwood, I will be very proud. He will be sorely missed and impossible to replace. The final and most telling testament to Grant is that all of his customers would wholeheartedly agree.”

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