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International Women’s Day 2019

Posted by Marie Riley 05/03/2019 0 Comment(s)

This Friday International Women’s Day will be celebrated and observed around the world. Women in business see it as a particularly important day – to reflect on not only how far women have come when it comes to achieving equality in the workplace, but to celebrate female success and highlight work needed to ensure that women are given the same opportunities in the world of work, now and in the future.


One thing you may not know about Fennel UK is that we are a female operated business – not easy going in a male orientated industry like ours! So, with it being International Women’s Day, we thought we would take the opportunity to tell you a little bit more about our fabulous female team!


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International Women’s Day


International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. observed worldwide, it’s a focal point in the movement for women's rights.


The campaign this year, #BalanceforBetter, is focussed on spreading the message that a gender-balanced world is a better one.


However, balance is not a women's issue, it's a business issue. Campaigners want to see balance promoted by everybody - the race is on for a gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth etc.


The economy and our communities need a balance of gender to truly thrive. 


The Fennel Team


Established in 2001, we’re a family owned business originating from the Fennel GmbH Group. Our core team consists of four women who are each uniquely talented and their combined skills have helped propel Fennel forwards to become the business you see today.


First up, we have MD, Deborah Smith; the decision maker here at Fennel. Deborah looks after the strategic side of the business and ensures that we always meet customer expectations. In her spare time, Deborah is keen on keeping fit; she’s a keen cyclist and runner. Deborah tells us that’s because she’s also got a love for a certain Hairy Bikers cheesecake recipe!


Another member of the team who enjoys working out in her spare time is Sales Administrator, Kathy Goddard. Kathy is a bit of a gym enthusiast – when she isn’t on the treadmill, she can be found in our office, processing and dispatching orders for our customers, including order put through our door handle web shop.  

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Our Business Support Manager, Marie Riley is also a keen runner (can you see a theme developing here?), who has run in the Greater Manchester Marathon.


It’s a wonder any of the team aren’t too tired to come to work after all the exercise they do, although Marie admittedly, does also have a soft spot for watching ‘junk tv’ with a glass of wine. Marie is usually the go to person for whatever new projects we are working on, most recently, she’s been helping build this website.


Finally, we have our lovely General Manager, Claire Hands who has been with us for nearly a year now. Claire looks after the day to day running of the business. Claire has a bit of a travel bug and loves to spend her holidays at her family caravan in France. She’s also a bit of a foodie and enjoys dining out and spicy food.


Door Handle Manufacturers


Ok, that’s enough about our team, in case you didn’t know what Fennel do, we design and manufacture door handles. The simple and humble door handle is something that is often overlooked – until it doesn’t work like it is supposed to or isn’t great quality.


Fennel specialises in quality door handles and supply both manufacturing firms and the general public.  


If you’d like to find out why Fennel UK might just be the perfect partner for you to work with, then please do get in touch with us. We’re always happy to speak to you about your design projects and can offer some great prices and service on all the handle and tambour door products you need.


You can contact us by phoning 01282 871806 or by dropping us an email at sales@fenneluk.com. Alternatively, you can fill out the contact form on the website and one of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.


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