Name: Darren Turford
Role: National Account Manager
How long have you been at ESPO?
I have been at ESPO since December 2017.
I started in a ceramics factory pulling trolleys following on to driving lots of different forklift trucks in a print warehouse eventually working my way up to Manufacturing Manager at an Arts & Crafts company.
I then changed course and went into a sales role travelling the UK and Europe as a National Account Manager dealing with large Office Products Dealers.
What is your current role and what does it involve?
I am a National Account Manager for ESPO Trading Limited (ETL) and I assist with development of new business projects from initial discussion with potential suppliers or customers through to integration within ESPO/ETL. I also have ESPO and ETL areas that I manage which include Charities, Housing, NHS and co-manage ESPO International and Eduzone with Helen Swann.
What is the highlight of your role?
The highlight of my role so far is to see ESPO Trading Limited launch and continue to play a part in developing this side of the business.
What plans do you and the team have for the future?
There are lots of great projects lined up for 2021/22 – watch this space!!
Favourite motto or quote:
"If you're reading this... Congratulations, you're alive. If that's not something to smile about, then I don't know what is."
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Spending quality time with my family and friends.