Sirius Buying Group, which specialises in electrical appliances and kitchens, has announced the promotion of Commercial Director Steve Jones to the role of Managing Director.

Having started out as Administration Manager, 2021 actually marks the 16th year Jones has been with the company. He was Commercial Manager before becoming Commercial Director in 2016.

Commenting on his appointment, Jones, said: “To say this is a massive honour is an understatement, as I am extremely proud to continue being an authoritative figure for our members and mutual support mechanism for retail development and economic efficiency. It is definitely the members’ company, but I will continue to look after Sirius as if it were my own – both present and future!”

Pete Gilks, Founder Member & Sirius Director, said: “As a young man, Steve brought his skills and enthusiasm to the group straight away. He matured very quickly and embraced the many years of knowledge and experience from those around him, resulting in a keen business acumen. Having worked closely with him to develop the group, I am very pleased that his appointment as Managing Director will secure its future and take it the next level of success.”

“It has been an absolute privilege to see Steve’s dedication to the business first hand. He carries his depth of knowledge without airs and has remarkable foresight, which has enabled us to create pioneering new ventures like our first-ever Digital Trade Show in October last year: and also an industry first! Steve knows the business from the ground up, which gives him the ability to mentor and support so many different people and challenge them to go beyond what they think is possible. He has the rare ability to connect with people and make them feel good, boosting confidence and giving them the impetus to follow through and get dramatic results in their professional lives.”  

Other long-standing members of Sirius Buying Group and recently appointed directors of the board are delighted at this positive news and comment:

Lyn Knight, Managing Director, Abbey Appliances, Evesham, Sirius Director, said: “Steve is a great advocate for the group. He makes good judgements based on support from his peers and members of the group.”

Paul Kemp, Managing Director, Appliance City, Nottingham, Sirius Director, agreed with Lyn Knight: “Steve is very proactive and he has earned this position. He also has great respect from the industry and we are confident in his plans for the further success of the group.”