New appointment at Sheffield fitted furniture supplier HPP
Furniture components manufacturer and distributor Hill’s Panel Products (HPP) has appointed Gary Kinder as purchasing manager.
The 53-year-old has extensive fitted furniture industry experience and his CV includes roles with Eurospace Furniture, Symphony, Richmond Cabinets and JT Ellis.
HPP, based at Rotherham Road, Beighton, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and serves the national kitchen and bedroom fitting industry. It has over 2,000 trade customers across the UK and supplies over 6,000 products including its own brands of doors and cabinet components.
Speaking about his new role, Gary said: “I’m delighted to have joined HPP. I’ve known the company for many years through previous roles as a buyer. It has a great reputation and history. Since joining HPP, it’s been good to meet everyone, learn more about operations at Oldham, Sheffield and nationally; and work with the Managing Director, Keith Wardrope, and Purchasing Director, Alan Bolton.”
“I’m working across the business on a variety of projects. These including stock control and buying, evaluating existing product ranges and potential new ones, and looking at product sales reports and data. This includes working closely with the purchasing team, sales representatives and HPP’s IT Director, Andy Evans.”
Looking ahead as lockdown restrictions ease, Gary said: I think this year will be a good one for HPP and the wider KBB sector, as the economy opens-up again. Homeowners have made significant investments in property improvements in recent months and that will probably continue.
“Some people will return to their previous routines of commuting and working in traditional workplaces but there may be a greater range of office and home-working in future. Foreign holidays will return but I think this will take longer. These types of factors will contribute to ongoing consumer spending on homes and residential developments, which will be positive for the KBB industry.”
In his leisure time, Gary enjoys playing golf, which he increased during a period of furlough last year, and watches cricket and other sports. He played cricket for East Ardsley near Wakefield for many years but is now retired from playing. He also enjoys watching his sons play rugby and cricket and he supports Leeds United, who are back in the top flight of football this season.