One of our sales graduates, Joshua Chaplin, was recently named Rising Star of the Year at the 2018 British Excellence in Sales Management Awards (BESMA), hosted by the Institute of Sales Management (ISM).

Joshua, who works for our Rochdale branch, was awarded the BESMA, which celebrates high achieving sales professionals, at the October ceremony in London's Grosvenor House Hotel.

He was nominated by our Rochdale branch manager as a result of his dedication and success, and subsequently made it to the top eight in the category. It was Joshua's presentation to the panel of judges on why he should win that proved he was deserving of being named Rising Star of the Year. The presentation emphasised Joshua's understanding of customer service and the sales cycle, as well as what he's learnt and achieved throughout his fledgling career with us.

Throughout the 18 months that Joshua has been working with us, he's been proactive in his own development - taking part in our ISM accredited Essential Foundations of Sales Management programme. This 12-month programme was created to develop skills in-house by providing participants with hands-on experience of our operational structure, with the aim of supporting talented individuals in achieving a sales account management role in the future. 

Although he has now completed the programme, Joshua continues to take part in our e-learning courses to ensure he maintains a high level of product knowledge.

Following his BESMA Rising Star of the Year win, Joshua's career with us has gone from strength to strength, with him recently being nominated for the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) Diploma in Merchant Management. He has also completed dedicated BMF training, including the organisation's How a House is Built course.

We're incredibly proud of Joshua - the award is very well deserved and we look forward to watching his career continue to grow.