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50 years at your side growth. He was awarded an MBE for ‘Services to Business’ in the Queen’s birthday honours list 2016.
GM Business Connect caught up with Phil at Brother UK’s Audenshaw offices to find out more about the successes and accolades the business and their MD have enjoyed, and to try and reveal the business methodologies that have made the business grow their market share and turnover to over £100 million last year: You started out as a Fax Salesman for Brother in 1994. Only 6 years later you had become the UK Sales and Marketing Director, followed by Managing Director in 2013. What made you stay with the same business for over 20 years?
Phil Jones MBE is Managing Director of Brother UK. As a global Japanese brand, Brother technology can be found in offices everywhere you look. An Information, Communication and Technology business supplying products and services to hundreds of thousands of UK enterprises of all sizes, the UK headquarters are based in Audenshaw, and Brother UK are very proud of their Tameside history. Phil has been with the company for almost 25 years, practically his entire professional life. A veteran of the IT industry, he’s witnessed the birth of the internet, bluetooth, mobile phones and cloud computing platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Previously named on the Power 100 for ‘Insider North West Magazine’, a Top 100 Thinker by ‘Britain means Business’ and a Top 100 figure in the Manufacturing Industry, Phil is one of the established thought leaders in organisational design
and enlightened leadership, and consequently is an in-demand public speaker on the subject. A former winner of Institute of Directors Manchester and North West Director of the year awards, he retains an all round capability on business growth, innovation and market development. He sits on the ‘Advisory Board’ to the Manchester Growth Company advising specifically on technology, growth and business acceleration. Phil also served as President of Greater Manchester Community
Foundation – Forever Manchester – from June 2014 to June 2017. Under his leadership, Brother UK have been named a Times Top 100 place to work, an Investors in People Platinum Workplace, CIO ‘Technology Business of the Year’ and PC Pro ‘Printer Vendor of the Year in amongst a raft of other product awards. Phil has been granted ‘Fellow’ status of the Institute of Directors and ‘Companion’ of the Chartered Institute of Management for his work around Leadership and Business
“I never expected to be here that long. At the time I thought I’d only be here 2 or 3 years and then move on, as salesmen tend to do. Three things have kept me here. Firstly, I really enjoy learning from the culture of Japanese thinking and doing – a very considered business methodology for long term sustainability. “This led secondly to a feeling of familyled culture. I felt welcome – as though I had ‘come home’. The business made me passionate about what they do and I always felt bound together as a big global family. This strongly sat with me as an individual. “The third thing is that I’ve always felt challenged here – the markets we work in are so dynamic and fast moving, we never have two days the same. “Next year will be 25 years at Brother UK
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