Union Industries, the leading manufacturer of industrial high-speed roller doors in the UK, has appointed a new Sales Office Manager to support growing demand from both new and existing customers.

Helen Holland, Sales Office Manager

Helen Holland has joined the Leeds-based company with more than 30 years’ sales experience. She will oversee Union’s sales force, which is delivering the company’s range of High Speed Door and Industrial Curtain solutions to UK and international markets.

Helen’s responsibilities include the direct management, continuous training, support and motivation of the National sales team, including field-based Technical Sales Engineers and the Sales Intelligence Development Department (SIDD). The role also involves streamlining processes and procedures to enable the business to meet growing demand, along with developing marketing activities to drive brand awareness and sales for Union.

She previously held the positions of Business Development Manager andRegional Sales Manager for landscaping company Marshalls PLC for 15 years where she was responsible latterly for managing regional sales of stone and porcelain internal surfaces products in Northern England. Prior to this, she handled sales of chemical products across the UK and Europe for SKW Chemicals UK Ltd, a Degussa AG company.

From its origins as a tarpaulin maker and repairer, Union Industries has become the market-leading supplier of Industrial Rapid Roller Doors that are commonly regarded as the best in industry.

The doors are installed in companies across the UK and Europe to improve productivity, energy management and enhance working environments.

Helen said: “Along with Union’s passion and commitment to providing the highest quality products and service to its customers, the company’s reputation as a British Manufacturer and market leader in High Speed Industrial Doors attracted me to apply to work for the company. I am looking forward to contributing to the growth and success of the business”

“Union Industries is a very unique company to work for as the company is employee-owned, so everyone in the Union family shares the responsibility and the success. I am looking forward to supporting, developing and expanding the sales team to meet the growing demand from new and existing customers and ensuring we deliver the best solutions to market, to meet our customer’s needs.”

Alan Hirst, Sales Director at Union Industries, said: “At Union, we are dedicated to employing individuals who will help enhance our products and services and consequently drive sales. With a wealth of business experience, ranging from the chemical to construction industries, Helen is an asset to the company and an excellent addition to the Union team.”

“To continue Union’s growth in our key geographic and industry markets, we are looking to expand our sales team with further recruitment planned for the coming months.”

Leeds-based Union Industries manufactures a range of industrial products, including its market-leading range of Industrial Rapid Roller Doors that are commonly regarded as the best in industry.

These fast acting doors, from the Matadoor range, are installed in distribution centres, warehouses, factories and storage facilities to improve logistics and save heat loss for companies across the UK and Europe including Tesco, Cummins, ASDA, TRW, Lidl, Jaguar Land Rover and Bidvest Foodservice.

From its origins as a tarpaulin maker and repairer, Union has evolved to become a specialised bespoke manufacturer of advanced heavy duty textile products for both Civil and Military applications. The subsequent development of the company’s engineering capabilities led on to the creation of the current range of High Speed Industrial Doors, including the unique Eiger Freezer Door.

Other successful product developments using Union’s core skills include Industrial Curtain Systems and Fabric Enclosures, which are used in factories to prevent heat loss, and to help contain dust & toxins in order to stop cross contamination.

Union Industries is also Employee Owned.

In 2015 its founders, Paul and Isobel Schofield, took the decision to safeguard the future of the company and make it remains an active manufacturing company in Leeds by selling their majority share to the Union Industries Employee Ownership Trust.

Under Union’s Employee Ownership scheme, every employee at Union Industries was awarded an equal share of the business; new starters who joined after the sale are also given shares after 12 months of employment. Although the company has always boasted a committed workforce, becoming Employee Owned has further empowered its team; everyone now also has an added financial incentive as a result of a tax-free bonus.