New MD for Handicare to drive UK growth

Handicare has appointed Clare Brophy to the position of managing director for the UK as the company looks to drive growth across all areas of the business, with a particular focus on its dealer network.

With over 20 years’ experience in the mobility aids industry and has built a business from start-up to almost £30m in 14 years, Clare has been working as a Handicare director since 2011.

Currently the managing director of Handicare UK’s direct sales company Companion Stairlifts, she will now take on the responsibility for all the group’s activities in the UK, including Dealer and Government Sales, Moving & Handling and Bathing Solutions, as well Customer Service and Field Service.

Commenting on her appointment, Clare said: "I am excited to take this position leading Handicare’s UK activities and to develop a clear growth strategy across the whole of the business. The group is in great shape and our fantastic team really understand our customers’ needs, and consistently deliver on our commitments to quality products and extraordinary service.”

Companion Stairlifts has achieved significant growth over the last two years under Clare’s leadership, an achievement which led to her being named as Retail Businesswoman of the Year in Forward Ladies’ Yorkshire, North East and Scotland Women in Business Awards 2016.

Clare added: "We’ll be focusing on opportunities to strengthen our dealer network and driving future revenue growth for key trade partners and our mobility shop network, delivering real value and benefits for all our customers, partners and people.”

Paul Stockdill, National Sales Manager at Handicare, said: "Demand for Handicare’s products combined with our reputation for quality and service and our commitment to growth add up to even more opportunities for dealers. This is an exciting time for the business and our trade customers who can look forward to new mutually beneficial sales and marketing initiatives in the near future.”

Handicare Group CEO Asbjørn Eskild said: "I wish Clare and the UK team every success and we look forward to an even stronger performance in the future as we maximise the skills of the whole team.”

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