Character Options’ Philip Richardson to retire after 31 years of service

After 31 years representing Character Options to retailers in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Philip Richardson has announced his intention to retire from the role at the end of August this year.

Speaking on behalf of the company, and also on a more personal level, Joe Kissane, managing director, Character Options has congratulated Richardson on his coming retirement, thanking him for his service to the company.

Kissane is one of the founder members of the group, alongside Richard King, Kiran Shah and Jon Diver. He said: “Philip was with us from the very beginning, he was there through tough times but also enjoyed the successful years.

“Myself, Richard, Jon and Kiran will always be grateful for his loyalty, commitment and the 100 per cent support he gave in helping Character grow into the successful business it is today. Philip and I first met when we both worked at LEGO 40 years ago.

“He has been a great friend as well as a loyal employee; he will be sadly missed by everyone in the business.”

In preparation for the change and to ensure a smooth transition, Kissane has revealed that Banaghan & Co has been appointed to represent the company and its products to the independent trade retailers for the Republic and Northern Ireland, as well as the Isle of Man.

The Banaghan Team will commence this new role, working alongside Phillip, at the Toymaster show in May. Ireland based national accounts will be handled directly by the internal Character sales team; in a transition that began in 2018.

“I would like to welcome Banaghan & Co to the sales force,” continued Kissane. “Colm and his team will be the perfect replacement for Phil in order to continue the great work he has done over the past 31 years. We look forward to a long and successful relationship.”

Colm Banaghan added: “We are delighted to be appointed to represent Character Options and its great range of brands and products. It is our aim to use the close relationships with the independent trade we have forged after 60 years of business to add to success of the Character portfolio. We look forward to seeing everyone at this month’s Toymaster show to get the ball rolling.”

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