Finalists revealed for 2013 National Sales Awards

Chris Dancer, Sales Director of A1 Pharmaceuticals Plc, Simon Esner, Business Manager at Baxter Storey, Sean Evers, Sales Director of Pitney Bowes and Andrew Reaney, Sales Director of British Gas are all in the running to take home this prestigious award.

Now in its 17th year, the National Sales Awards is the most prestigious accolade for the sales industry in the UK. The winner will be chosen by a ballot of around 30 other Sales Directors and professionals later this month, including well-known industry names such as Lee McQueen, Founder of Raw Talent Academy. Judges will vote for their favourite candidate during the rigorous judging assessment. The winner will be announced on 7 November at the award ceremony at The Troxy in East London.

The Sales Director of the Year Award will recognise the individual who has built and developed successful sales teams, led success in benign and adverse market conditions, demonstrates strong commercial acumen, has developed business plans to support growth and ensure profitability in an ethical manner. Candidates will be evaluated using Silent Edge’s objective Sales Performance System, ensuring that results are based on a comprehensive assessment of their competency and skills.

Russell Ward, CEO of Silent Edge said: “This year’s finalists for the Sales Director of the Year Award have shown outstanding commitment and dedication in leading their sales teams to success. We are looking forward to using our technology to objectively assess each finalist’s leadership style and skills later this month.”

Steve Lane, Business Director of the National Sales Awards said: “These are four very strong candidates for the title of Sales Director of the Year, but they will have to prove their credentials in their judging assessment, to convince the judges of their achievements. These are the people at the very top of their game, leading teams to achieve significant results in a sustainable and ethical way.”
Previous winners of the award include: Marie Dunkley, Head of Sales at Hitachi Capital Business Finance (2012) and Ian Dowds Managing Director of Specific Media (2011).

These finalists are amongst the UK’s leading sales professionals and organisations that make up the finalists for the 2013 National Sales Awards programme. The shortlist for other categories includes some of Britain’s highest sales achievers from some of the most successful UK businesses including Everything Everywhere, CV-Library, Sage, BSkyB and The Royal Shakespeare Company. The finalists represent categories including the Contact Centre Sales Team of the Year, Field Sales Team of the Year, Sales Manager of the Year and Telephone Sales Executive of the Year.