Airedale Group has expanded its procurement and accounts departments with two new appointments as it continues its strategy of growth and expansion.

Katie Andrews enters as procurement administrator and Mari Gamston is the latest apprentice to join the company.

Katie has joined the four-strong specialist procurement team as procurement administrator to build and nurture the company’s portfolio of suppliers, with a purchasing and sales background in online retail where she was head of sales for the last two years.

As Katie explains: “The company’s strong values and knowing that it was a family-run business were a huge draw for me and I’m looking forward to the journey ahead.”

Her key priorities also include maintaining an inventory of Airedale Group’s extensive portfolio of chemicals, monitoring pricing trends and support to ensure compliance in the highly-regulated chemical industry.

Mari, a former pupil of South Craven School, is now studying for her Level 3 Apprenticeship in Accounting from Craven College which she is due to complete in early 2024.

Mari explains: “I have always enjoyed maths and have a logical and organised mind so enjoy working with figures and analysing what they mean.

“Airedale Group was highly recommended by my course tutors and also from people I knew who worked here so it seemed like the ideal choice.

“Being able to apply what I learn in the classroom into a real working environment is a huge help and the friendly atmosphere in the office makes it a great place to continue my education and gain industry experience.”