Avenir ramps up accessories team

Avenir Telecom, UK distributor of mobile telecoms, has announced two new additions to its rapidly growing accessories division.

In the last week, James Bennett has joined the company as national account manager, and Mark Grice as accessories sales manager. This is another boost to Avenir’s nascent accessories division, for which Orange has recently extended its contract as one of its key distributors for mobile accessories.

Avenir has also signed a set of exclusive distribution contracts with some of the most exciting accessories manufacturers from across Europe, details of which will be announced in the coming months.

James Bennett joins Avenir Telecom having previously held high level sales positions at Motorola and Regus. His accessories knowledge stems from a seven year tenure with The Carphone Warehouse which covered area sales management, marketing and in-store roles.

Mark Grice spent two years with Peter Jones’ Phones International Group, latterly as head of accessory sales. He has also worked as a sales manager for MPE (part of The Carphone Warehouse) and as head of international trading (Accessories) for Unique Distribution.

“We are delighted that Mark and James are joining the business,” commented Stuart Balaam, accessories sales director. “Having signed exclusivity deals on some great new brands we have continued to extend our successes in the mobile accessory market in a relatively short space of time. We are confident that Mark and James will help capitalise on these successes and help drive the business further forwards.”

Andy Tow, managing director at Avenir Telecom, added: “The fact that Orange Retail has chosen to retain us as a key distributor is a testament to our accessories offering which – at customer, retailer and dealer level – is based on clearly marketed features and benefits, financial confidence, and technical excellence.”