Cherry Orchard Restructure Sees All Sales Team Electing To Become Agents

“There is no way any of us could have foreseen the immense upheaval which this horrid Covid-19 has and is causing to people’s lives, livelihoods and businesses,” said Jackie Collins, managing director and owner of Cherry Orchard Publishing. “I had envisaged Team Cherry Orchard would have been celebrating Cherry Orchard’s 25th anniversary year, not having to restructure the company to safeguard it for the future,” Jackie added, having just undergone a consultation process with all members of its sales team which has resulted in all of its employed sales team being made redundant, but with all five individuals collectively approaching Jackie with their proposal to continue working for the Tewkesbury-based publisher, but as independent sales agents.

The company has been represented in Scotland by two sales agents since February, following the retirement of sales representative, John Clark.

FinalChoiceLOGOIn addition, Fi Douglass-Gibson, the company’s sales director for the last three years has taken redundancy, but is hoping to remain working in the industry, sharing her 32 years of experience.

Above: Cherry Orchard’s retail customers Carl Dunne and Oliver Guise-Smith of Cards & Gifts Sheffield at the recent Spring Fair at which the chaps presented Jackie Collins with a cake and cupcakes to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary.
Above: Cherry Orchard’s retail customers Carl Dunne and Oliver Guise-Smith of Cards & Gifts Sheffield at the recent Spring Fair at which the chaps presented Jackie Collins with a cake and cupcakes to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary.

Paying tribute to Fiona, Jackie commented: “Fi is an absolute gem, I cannot thank her enough for everything she has done for Cherry Orchard, building wonderful relationships with all the team at Cherry Orchard and Cherry Orchard’s customers.  It is with a very heavy heart that we have to lose her and will miss her immensely.  I wish her all the best.”

Above: A poem Jackie commissioned Patricia Rose to write for everyone in the industry back in April at the start of lockdown.
Above: A poem Jackie commissioned Patricia Rose to write for everyone in the industry back in April at the start of lockdown.

Of the proposal Jackie received from the Sales Team to become agents following their redundancy, Jackie said that this solution means that “a sense of continuity will prevail. It means that our retail customers will be able to continue their relationship with members of our wonderful sales team, as they transition to become agents. I am very touched how everyone has been so supportive and committed to Cherry Orchard,” added Jackie.

Above: Fiona Douglass-Gibson has spent the last three years with Cherry Orchard as its director of sales,but has worked in the industry for the last 32 years.
Above: Fiona Douglass-Gibson has spent the last three years with Cherry Orchard as its director of sales, but has worked in the industry for the last 32 years.
Above: A lovely sentiment on a Cherry Orchard Feather and Fur design.
Above: A lovely sentiment on a Cherry Orchard Feather and Fur design.

Above: Jackie Collins, owner and managing director of Cherry Orchard Publishing has restructured the company to futureproof it.

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