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CTD Conference 2017 Round Up

Date: February 15th, 2017 CTD Tiles | Tags: conference, ctd tiles, ctd conference, 2017, hilton hotel, hilton, newcastle, gateshead, hilton newcastle gateshead, corporate, corporate event, fair ground theme, business, tiles, tile

Every year Ceramic Tile Distributors rolls out the red carpet for our annual CTD Conference, an exciting and much anticipated event in which CTD Executives, Field Sales Teams, Sector Heads, Branch Managers, Regional Managers and Suppliers attend.



This year’s event saw over 200 colleagues joined by some of the most prestigious suppliers in the industry, all keen to support the event and offer their continued backing for the largest supplier to the trade in the UK.

Vitra, Johnson Tiles, Keraben , Bal, Ardex, Weber,  Instarmac , Rubi, Hardie, Schlüter-Systems & Tilebacker  were just a few of those who were there to hear the message about how their involvement will continue to benefit both companies and to enjoy a fun filled day based at the Newcastle Gateshead Hilton Hotel - a luxurious back drop for an extra special event.

CTD Conference 2017 Nick Holland

Starting off the day on a high, CTD Managing Director Nick Holland welcomed us all and gave a review of a fantastic and record breaking 2016, along with an insight into what 2017 holds for CTD branches, CTD Architectural Tiles, CTD Housebuilders & the Retail Distribution sector. A true specialist that cannot be out-specialised.

With over 20 new branches planned, along with some strategic acquisitions and massive investment from Saint-Gobain, it will be an incredible year for the business!

We were also delighted  to have Saint-Gobain CEO Mark Rayfield on board throughout the day, delivering an inspirational and motivational presentation which had us looking forward to the future progression of CTD within SGBD.

Mark Rayfield CTD Conference 2017

Presentations continued throughout the day seeing the likes of Supply Chain Director Robert Hawley, Head of HR Katie Clapham, Finance Director Jill Bemrose, Operations Director Shaun Mason, Regional Operations Manager Colin Sharp & Sales Director John O’Sullivan all demonstrating innovative developments and new possibilities for 2017.

Recruitment within CTD is ever evolving, with new possibilities for nationwide vacancies and career progression making more appealing opportunities for current employee growth and opportunities for potential employees.

This includes apprenticeship schemes, company sponsored professional qualifications and a new minimum wage of £7.80 for all employees over 21! The conference highlighted over 35 promotions in one year and many people changing roles for their own development. 

CTD Recruitment

Please feel free to check out our latest CTD vacancies online here: CTD Careers

Customer Service in our nationwide branches was commended by CTD’s Shaun Mason as excellence was demonstrated throughout 2016 and will progress and excel throughout 2017.

Rubi Incentives - Vladimir Hoyos

We were also joined by Rubi’s Managing Director Vladimir Hoyos who presented 3 CTD Branch managers with a generous £1000 and a trip to Barcelona for their efforts and outstanding achievements when taking part in Rubi’s Incentive Scheme.

Vitra Awards

Vitra’s UK & Ireland Sales Manager was also on stage to present a prestigious award at this year’s event.

Operations Director Shaun Mason commented “This has been a very different conference in that we invited our key supplier partners to join us for the whole day and evening and allowed them access to all of our presentations which I believe is unprecedented.

CTD value the relationships we have with our suppliers equal to that of our customers, they are vital to our success and we work hard to ensure that the partnerships we build are both sustainable and profitable for both parties. Delegates were given presentations from the CTD Exec team and also from Mark Rayfield CEO Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK & Ireland & Thierry Dufour, Finance Director for SGBD UK.

Ctd Conference 2017 awards

The conference has been an excellent way to celebrate yet another record year for the CTD Group and to share our strategy for expansion and growth with our colleagues and suppliers and I very much look forward to doing it all again next year!”

Ctd Conference 2017 awards

After presentations, lunch and some extremely delicious coffee breaks it was time for the Award ceremony we had all been waiting for.

CTD Conference 2017

Once all formalities were over with it was time to sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious three course meal followed by carnival themed entertainment including a magician, acrobats, and fairground inspired stalls, where attendees were able to try their luck for a chance to win thrilling prizes from Fitbits, to Amazon Echos, to tablets.

Magician CTD Conference

CTD Conference 2017

CTD Conference 2017
Speaking of the event, Managing Director of CTD Group Nick Holland commented “A tremendous day was had by all and it was great to see colleagues and suppliers from across the business and the buzz of the venue was something else on the day. Once again, congratulations to all award winners and I look forward  to a very exciting 2017”. 

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