As the ongoing effects of Covid-19 continue to impact on our personal and business lives, the UK greeting card industry is not immune to companies having to cut costs and make difficult decisions regarding people’s jobs.
As part of this, Bill Greeno (pictured top), the popular sales director of Paperlink has been made redundant by the card publishing business, having worked for the company for almost eight years.
“The effects of this pandemic are vicious on business as well as human lives,” commented Louise Tighe, founder and ceo of Paperlink. “We have had the good fortune to have had Bill as part of our team and we thank him for everything he has done. It is a sign of the times I am afraid,” Louise added.
While Bill is well known for his great sense of humour, he is disappointed to be leaving Paperlink. “I loved every single minute of my time working there and am sad that it has come to an end. I’m sure things happen for a reason; I just don’t know what that reason is right now,” Bill told PG Buzz.
Having worked in the industry for almost 40 years, the majority of it as sales director of Quitting Hollywood, Bill is hoping to find another role in the sector.
“I still want to work, and greeting cards are all I know, apart from playing tennis, playing the piano and, since lockdown a little bit of Spanish,” said Bill of his ‘talking CV’. “So, if any company is looking for a tennis playing, keyboard tinkling, matador who loves selling cards and talking to retailers, I’m their man!”
Bill is considering full time roles, consultancy as well as project-based work. (Bill can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org).
At Paperlink, Louise, together with Emma Young (operations director) and Frankie Ellis (art director) will cover Bill’s roles along with members of the Paperlink sales team.
“We wish Bill all the best. The industry’s needs are changing and we, at Paperlink will be working closely with our retailer customers and brokers to ensure we continue to create a potent product selection and service to match,” Louise added.