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Pat on the back from Cyril

Cardgains awards recognise top sales folk

SALES are what counts in business and here in the greetings industry getting to the retailer is incredibly important for publishers so it’s all down to the reps and agents.

To ensure they get the recognition they deserve, Cardgains started the Cyrils – named after their group mascot – where members vote for the best rep and best agent in each of the group’s four sales areas.
In the third annual awards, it was a double triumph for the second year running in the North as UK Greetings’ Pat Teasdale picked up the Best Rep title with Steve Rodrigues collecting Best Agent for representing Noel Tatt and Jean Barrington.
Pat said: “I’m so pleased and happy to have won the Cyril Award. Thank you so much to my lovely customers for voting, it means a lot to me.”
Steve added: “To win last year was amazing, to win again this year, absolutely fantastic. Once again a massive thanks to all my customers who voted for me.”
But they were outgunned in the South West where both winners made it a hat-trick of victories. UKG’s Allen Roberts again stamped his name on the trophy with the most votes as the Best Rep, saying: “I’m very pleased and honoured to have such wonderful customers for so many years and their continuous loyalty and appreciation is very much valued.”
Rose Trow added: ““I thank all my customers very, very much – and apologise for all the times I arrive late for my appointments!” as she collected the Best Agent award for the third year running for her work with Paper Rose, Glick, Quitting Hollywood and Soul.
Up in Scotland, the Best Rep was a thrilled Caroline Crawford of UKG, who said: “I can’t believe it! A massive thanks to everyone who voted for me – PS the cheques are in the post!”
Alan Mckay, who represents Second Nature, Words ’N’ Wishes, Portico and Jean Barrington, collected the Best Agent award and said: "I'm a little shocked and surprised but delighted to get this award. Thanks to all my customers who voted for me."
“I love my job,” said Dudley Osborn of Noel Tatt as he collected the South East’s Best Rep award from Cardgains’ south-east sales executive Georgina De Terry, “I work for a great company and have fantastic customers. I’m honoured to receive this award.”
David Howard was extremely pleased to be voted the Best Agent for representing Is It Art as he looks forward to his retirement.
David enthused: “I’m thrilled and humbled to receive this award for the second time in my career, especially so as I’m retiring at the end of the year, after over 30 very enjoyable years in the industry, both as retailer and agent.
“I’d like to thank Cardgains for organising the awards, and to my customers, whether you voted for me or not, but who have given me such pleasure in looking after their accounts.
“It will be sad not having cups of tea with some great retailers but I’m sure I’ll find new challenges as I head for the hills of Shropshire to begin a well-earned rest. I hope to bump in to some of you without my agent’s hat on in the future.”

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