Paul NeillLocal firm keeps it in family, as founder’s brother joins team.

Sportsafe UK has recruited a new Operations Manager, capping a great few months in which it has been named Growing Business of the Year at the Colchester Business Awards and the Essex Countywide Awards. The company is keeping it in the family the ‘new boy’ is Managing Director Jon Neill’s brother, Paul.

Paul Neill joined the company in June from Palladian Press where he worked his way up from a 16-year-old new joiner to being their Bindery Manager. In his new role, he’ll be overseeing staff, making sure the business runs as efficiently as it can and keeping up Sportsafe’s focus on customer service.

Paul says, “It’s a great new challenge for me, working in a very different industry, but dealing with the kinds of issues I’ve built up real expertise in. I’ll be making sure we use our resources well, keeping staff motivated and always looking at how we deal with customers to make sure they get the best.”

Jon Neill, Managing Director of Sportsafe, says, “I’m really pleased we could ‘poach’ someone of Paul’s calibre. He’s professional, organised and dedicated to quality and great service. It’s those qualities that make him the perfect man for the job.”

Colchester-based Sportsafe UK has also taken on a new engineer in Surrey, one of a planned six it needs to recruit this year. The company needs new blood because of its continuous growth. This year alone, it has renewed 20 contracts and increased the number of schools it covers from 10,000 to 40,000.