A talented retail professional is hoping to impart his experience after becoming the business’ new Learning & Development Specialist.
Anthony Dean, 32, has swapped the shopfloor for the training rooms as he looks to ensure all members of the team have access to the best resources and progression opportunities.
Anthony has been with the leading decorating and DIY retailer for two years, most recently serving as store manager in Hackney.
He said: “I am delighted to have started this new role within the training team.
“One thing which has really impressed me since starting at Leyland SDM is the thorough induction process. New recruits are given a full week of training before being deployed in stores, looking at how to use the tills and some background information on the products. That is very unusual in retail and really stands Leyland SDM apart.
“My goal is to further enhance the training opportunities for other members of the team, including store managers and deputy managers. I want to encourage them to continue to develop within Leyland SDM and provide them with a platform to do so.
“We’re in a good place and I am looking forward to playing my part in taking the training offering to the next level.”
New recruits spend their first week at Leyland SDM in the company’s training academy before returning three to six months later to enhance their knowledge further.
At a later stage, they head back in the classroom once more, but this time to practice DIY tasks such as painting, plumbing and basic electrics so that they can offer practical advice to customers from first-hand experience.
Londoner Anthony previously spent eight years as commercial manager at Marks & Spencer before swapping food for DIY and decorating materials.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Leyland SDM,” said Anthony, a renowned cheese expert in his spare time.
“It’s really fast-paced business and I’m sure my new role will throw up new and exciting challenges.”
Leyland SDM has become one of the most recognisable and trusted decorating and DIY retail brands in central London with stores in some of the capital’s most prominent locations.
Its 33 stores stock a comprehensive range of thousands of products across all departments, including paint and decorating essentials, building materials, electrical fittings, tools, plumbing equipment, ironmongery and much more, all under one roof.
Some of the biggest and best-known DIY brands are available at Leyland SDM, including Farrow & Ball, Tesa, Bahco, Bosch, Purdy, Dulux Trade, Leyland Trade, Stanley, Ronseal and DEWALT. Visit www.leylandsdm.co.uk for more information.