Our new owner is Adam Carr, a long term friend and business associate of our founder Paul Thorpe who retired from the Company in September 2015.
Adam has been a supplier to the watch and jewellery trade for more than 20 years and brings a wealth of experience to the business. He owns a long established jewellery and jewellery manufacturing business and has a strong established team.
Upon taking charge at Items of Beauty, East Grinstead Watch Company Adam said:
“I am looking forward to the challenge of taking over such a highly respected and well known business and intend to take it to the next level.
“This company has a long tradition of quality customer care and that will always remain our ethos”.
Paul Thorpe (Founder, now retired and no longer with the business)
Our former owner Paul had been in the watch business since 1975 and travel’s the world seeking out the very best watches for his business and for his customers.
Paul’s number one passion is his quest to achieve the ultimate in customer service and has an old fashioned outlook in life when it comes to his customers.
Over the years he has served many celebrity clients but counts his “every day” customers as his most important. He has appeared on numerous TV and Radio programmes.
He is very well known among dealers around the world but particularly within the UK and across Europe. He is also a tried and trusted friend to most of the UK’s better known watch retailers.
Ellie (Customer Care & Senior Supervisor)
Ellie came to us in 2015 with 5 years experience within the retail and customer service industry.
She has worked with jewellery business since leaving school and has worked for one of the UK’s leading high street retailers.
Alfie (Senior Sales Executive)
Alfie is one of the watch world’s young up and comers. He started working with Paul back in 2011 and he has risen quickly through the ranks showing an amazing ability to learn.
He was swiftly promoted to the position of Senior Sales Executive within the business and spends most of his spare time with his head buried in one watch reference book or another!
Our customers have taken to Alfie due to his likeable personality and his willingness to help others no matter what the problem, an ethos that Paul quickly recognised and rewarded.
Paul believes that in the future, Alfie will become a top watch dealer in his own right.
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