Kitchen design company Restaurant Design Associates (RDA) has recruited a business development director as it continues to build its national client base.
The South Tyneside-based company has appointed Connor Hickman to its senior team to develop new client relationships and pinpoint new target markets.
Hickman joins RDA from Compass Group, where he worked for 19 years, building a successful track record in sales and operations, including marketing, brand development, retention strategy, team development and financial control.
He knows RDA well, having worked with it over the past five years on a range of university and hospital tenders and projects.
“I was attracted to work at RDA because it is a quality family-run business, with the capacity to grow and be responsive to market changes and demand,” he says. “As a past client of the company, I will also be able to share my views about what is important to help tailor RDA’s propositions to suit the market.
“My role adds a unique selling point to RDA, as we can offer clients my experience in sales and operations as part of the design process. This means that we can, in partnership with the clients, construct intelligent designs, giving customers an enhanced experience, increasing sales, reducing costs and being an essential part of their overall strategy.”
RDA was set up seven years ago and managing director, Roy Addyman, said the appointment would help to strengthen its reputation further.
“This year we’ve won six contracts in the healthcare sector, at sites stretching from York to Somerset, and we have a range of other exciting projects in the pipeline including the redesign of a flagship restaurant, and a project for a large FM company,” he said.