Posted 12th April

BMF names Trade Supplier Apprentice of the Year winner

12th April 2019 - 15:41pm
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The Builders’ Merchant Federation – BMF – has named 19-year-old Gina Bennett, pictured, who works at the Hinckley branch of plumbing and heating supplier Pochin, as the winner of its Trade Supplier Apprentice of the Year award.

Bennett began as an apprentice at Pochin a year ago. She received her award at the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants’ annual City & Awards Lunch at Grocers’ Hall in London, where she was accompanied by Pochin Hinckley trade counter manager Joe Keogh and Pochin sales director Pete Trickett.

“Plumbing and heating is a very male-dominated trade, but Gina is not fazed by that at all and is very positive at all times,” said Trickett. “She has formed great relationships with her colleagues and customers and has quickly become an important member of the team.”

Bennett added: “I knew I wanted to be an apprentice but not in an office role; I wanted to be meeting and working with lots of people. The year has flown by. I love everyone I work with and that includes our customers.

“At Pochin we develop great relationships with our customers as we see them so often,” she said. “I would recommend other young people look into a merchant’s apprenticeship. I’ve really enjoyed it.”


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