Today the joint MD of Universal Office Products Ltd (UOP), Steve Manley was promoted to Regional Sales Director at Corporate Express after the acquisition by Burhmann, then the world’s largest supplier of office products. He gained invaluable experience being involved in the change management and business restructure processes and now leads more as a Board Director than Sales Director.
Steve was the youngest ever Sheffield Chamber of Commerce President and a former teenage entrepreneur who took the Chamber chains of office on a mission to encourage youth enterprise.
During his time as President and on the board of the Chamber, Steve has overseen an increase in profit from -£28k to +£68k.
Steve is also on the Board for Young Enterprise and became involved while a student himself at Loxley College in 1993/4. He was the MD of the Young Enterprise company, an office supply firm called Paper Chain which directly influenced Steve on the path to his role(s) today.
As a result, Steve know the importance of championing young entrepreneurs and has volunteered for Young Enterprise for a decade. Steve regularly delivers talks to school and college students on entrepreneurship, judges enterprise awards, and mentors student businesses. He also spoke at the National Young Enterprise Awards in London where he won the Alumni of the Year in 2012.
A natural business leader with infectious enthusiasm, Steve identifys and implements successful solutions, through a participative team-building approach to stimulate growth and enhance profitability.
Steve is extremely experienced at finding and developing new business opportunities, building excellent customer relationships, and developing an indomitable team spirit.
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