Staff Profile: Ashley Bruno
As Sales Manager at B&A Group, Ashley Bruno is responsible for handling the sales of recycled and quarried aggregates to customers across the South West. Drawing on ten years’ experience in the sector, he helps run the Transport & Aggregates division and ensures that customers are satisfied.”First and foremost it is about trying to understand how many vehicle movements a customer requires us to do to fulfil their needs”, Ashley explains. “We have a large fleet that can manage anything from six tonnes of topsoil to 200 loads a day out of Bristol Airport.”
Bristol born and bred, Ashley started out working in customer service for NatWest before joining Cemex as a sales representative. After climbing through the ranks he joined B&A Group in May 2015.
He has since been instrumental in helping B&A Group to grow sales and expand its business.
“I help to make sure everything is going in the right direction and in the last three years B&A has dramatically grown”, he comments. “We are now a company that can take on huge, huge jobs without batting an eyelid.”
Key to this success has been Ashley’s technical knowledge, people skills and ability to develop lasting relationships with clients.
“It is all about repeat business”, he explains. “There are many people that I’ve known for years and a lot of customers are now friends.”
Today, Ashley and his colleague Ben Higham look after hundreds of customers between them. Ashley’s role includes everything from updating the yard manager each day on what is coming in and out of the depot to drawing up tenders for future work and visiting customer sites.
He also enjoys showing people around the £11 million state-of-the-art Hallen facility because “It shows people we are serious about what we do”.
He comments: “I love my job, you have to be so switched on and it keeps me on my toes! Being part of the development of many projects in the South West is very rewarding.”
However, Ashley always makes a point of getting home to partner Becky Macey in time to tuck up his two-year-old son, Lenny Bruno, in bed at 7.30pm.
One of the perks of the job, according to Ashley, is the working environment at B&A Group.
He comments: “B&A Groups is a great place to work. It is hard work but rewarding, a family-run business where everyone looks after everyone – you can’t ask for more than that.”