MetroMail boss Alan has stamp of business authority

MetroMail Managing Director Alan Purvis with Matthew Newstead from Canon UK and Ireland.
MetroMail Managing Director Alan Purvis with Matthew Newstead from Canon UK and Ireland.
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MetroMail boss Alan Purvis is a shining example to the next generation of business leaders.

The firm was selected by international leadership development organisation Common Purpose to share its knowledge and experiences which have helped it grow to a 220-strong employer.

As part of Common Purpose North East Meridian 2015 programme, a group of business leaders visited MetroMail’s multimillion-pound Seaham facility to hear from managing director Alan about his role in helping MetroMail achieve year-on-year turnover and profit increases.

The annual programme, from which Alan himself graduated in 2004, is designed to give business leaders and the next generation of directors an insight into the challenges of running a business and inspirational advice from people running successful firms.

“It was a real honour to be chosen by Common Purpose as the programme participants were visiting some extremely heavyweight companies, so its testament to how much we’ve grown that we were on the list,” he said.

“As part of the visit we talked about the company’s journey and how we’ve expanded our portfolio of services to ensure we remain competitive in the industry, and also our commitment to staff investment which we believe is key to our continued growth.

“Having graduated from the programme back in 2004, I was delighted to share my story with business leaders and future company directors, and we’ve had some great feedback which is fantastic.”

Gemma Messenger, senior course director at Common Purpose UK, North East, said: “As a programme graduate himself Alan values the knowledge and understanding he gained by hearing from senior decision-makers in the region. He is always keen to give something back to the next generation and he recounted the inspirational turnaround story of MetroMail.”