Our ambitious growth plans.
Gillards is marking Good Business Week (5th – 11th February) with the announcement of our accreditation to the charter and the launch of our ambitious growth plans.
Further to being awarded the Good Business Charter, which recognises responsible business practices, Gillards has appointed three non-executive directors to its board and this week unveiled a rebrand across its entire business. Creating a solid foundation to help achieve our ambitious growth plans, the business hopes to increase turnover by 15% and increase headcount from 20 to 35 ahead of its 45th year in business in 2026.
Owned by Daniel Gillard, whose father started the business in 1981, Gillards operates from a 110,000 square foot warehouse in Temple Cloud, counting Children’s Hospice South West, English Heritage and Yarto amongst its clients.
Taking the reins 6 years-ago and steering the ship post-covid to make Gillards fit for the future, Daniel has appointed a multi-skilled board to help him achieve his objectives for the business. He will work closely alongside the board and Gillards’ managing director Andrew Clarke to spearhead the growth plans.
Newly appointed non-executive director Chris Hurdle has previously been a customer and a supplier to the business and brings comprehensive retail expertise to the role. Richard Gore, partner at a Bristol-based top 60 law firm has also been appointed to Gillard’s board. Richard has practiced in commercial law for over 25 years bringing a wealth of business experience with him. The trio of new non-executive director appointments also includes marketing and brand specialist, Jo Stevens. Jo adds marketing strategy, brand building and digital transformation know-how to the board’s skillset.
“Our recognition by the Good Business Charter and the non-executive director appointments of Chris, Richard and Jo marks the start of a really exciting chapter of growth for Gillards. With the business in good shape post-covid and our 45th anniversary fast approaching in 2026, now felt like the right time to put a stake in the ground and really ramp up our plans,” said Daniel Gillard, owner, Gillards.
“While we’re really excited by the business’s potential, this growth certainly won’t come at the cost of being a responsible, sustainable business. The Good Business Charter gives us a good framework to benchmark our business against and we’re investing more in our sustainability efforts too as part of our plans. The rebrand is also an important part of this, allowing us to convey our values and purpose more accurately and giving our customers the best possible experience of working with us,” Gillard added.
To qualify for Good Business Charter accreditation, businesses must operate against a set of ten commitments. These include providing a real living wage and fair hours for employees, as well as promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. Accreditation also requires businesses to operate ethical sourcing policies and to demonstrate environmental responsibility. Paying suppliers on time and paying fair taxes is also included in the charter.
Renowned for its customer service, Gillards offers the full scope of services and capabilities of its larger competitors but with a personal touch. Owner-managed, the business has a unique ability to flex its service to meet clients needs however large or small the requirement, or unusual the product to be stored or location for delivery.
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