Anita Harrison-Carroll has been appointed as Director of Sovini Trade Supplies.
In this role she will be responsible for the growth and development of the new business, while overseeing and ensuring product certainty, productivity and excellent customer service, and ensuring that the business goals are centred on the desire to do social good.
Sovini Trade Supplies, part of the Sovini Group in Merseyside, has been operating since 2014, and has celebrated an extremely successful first year, exceeding its profit target of £750k.
Anita said: “Setting up this new business has certainly been challenging, but after its first pivotal year we surpassed our goals and expectations; which the team and I are extremely proud of.
“But this is just the start. Our sales target for the next four years is £20 to £25 million, which we plan to achieve by investing in our people, systems and environment to provide forward-thinking and innovate supply chain solutions to existing and future customers across the North West.”
Since heading up Sovini Trade Supplies, Anita has played a crucial role in securing a number of key business contracts, making Sovini Trade Supplies key suppliers to companies including Keepmoat, Mark One Interiors, Upholland Property Services, and North Liverpool Construction.
Sovini Trade Supplies is unlike most businesses of its kind, with all elements of the business, from sourcing and purchasing, to supplying and serving, centred on the desire to do social good.
As part of the philanthropic Sovini Group, capacity generated by Sovini Trade Supplies will be reinvested in the group’s non-profit social housing partners, supporting their investment in new homes and developing local communities.
Anita has been with the group since January 2010, initially employed as a Contracts Manager for One Vision Housing. After the set up on the Sovini Group structure in January 2012, Anita was appointed as Group Procurement Manager. In 2014 Anita made the switch to Sovini Trade Supplies, tasked to set up the new business as Head of Operations. She excelled in this role, making significant wholesale improvements to the business; increasing sales and making efficiencies, while also focusing on labour relations.
Earlier this year Anita was recognised as a trailblazer for women in the construction sector, after being named ‘Business Leader of the Year’ at the Women in Construction Awards 2015.
Before employed within the Sovini Group, Anita was employed by Alliance & Leicester as a Supply Chain Manager, following a decade as a Business Analyst and Project Manager with Royal & Sun Alliance. She developed a successful reputation dealing with mergers and acquisitions during Santander’s takeover of Alliance & Leicester.
Sovini Group partners include One Vision Housing, Pine Court Housing Association, Sovini Property Services, Sovini Building and Maintenance and Sovini Homes.