Mike Henden named Leisuretec MD after Dounting departure
Managing director steps down after nine years with the firm, and is replaced in the role by the company founder.
Mike Henden, founder of Leisuretec Distribution, has once again taken on the role of company managing director following the departure of Cliff Dounting, who spent nine years with the firm.
Established by Henden in 1990, Leisuretec specialises in the distribution of professional and commercial audio, lighting and video equipment to the UK trade.
“I want to thank the people that have made my journey so special and I will miss working with such a great bunch of colleagues that make up Team Leisuretec," Dounting commented.
Henden added: “I would like to thank Cliff for his contribution towards the success of the company since he joined us in 2007 and wish him the best of health and happiness for the future. Our business has seen many market and economic changes over the last 26 years and inevitably personnel come and go as well. I am proud to say that I have always reinvested in Leisuretec to ensure that it is robust and does not rely too heavily on one or two single aspects, whether it be customers, markets, brands or indeed people. We have fondly become known as Team Leisuretec and we are exactly that.
"The success of our business is credit to our dedicated management team – Wayne Juggins (Commercial), Debbie Scott (Accounts), Pete McCorkindale (Operations), Charlie Henden (Marketing), Rob Davies (External Sales) and the wider Team Leisuretec. We all strive to provide the best possible service and experience for our customers. Even in the wake of Brexit, we are continuing to invest. This year we have already engaged additional personnel in all departments of Leisuretec and we are continuing to recruit for sales, marketing and operations. Our investment in our infrastructure is on-going with further improvements to IT and communications and indeed the launch of the brand new fully responsive 2016 Leisuretec trade website is imminent.
“These are very exciting times and we are keen to harness the energy and enthusiasm of our new recruits whilst continuing to develop ourselves. It goes without saying I will continue to spearhead the business with innovation, determination and good humour. I believe that by maintaining humour and optimism helps see us through the inevitable changes that we will always experience as a business. Indeed we hope that our way of thinking will breed positivity in others, it is infectious. Our first ever company slogan was 'Leisuretec – Your Positive Option' and that still counts today as much as ever!”