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Generation Next champion Katie Gilbert promoted to commercial director

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Posted by: JasmineThompson
Posted on: 11/01/2022

Nottingham-based food gifting company TTK Confectionery has appointed Katie Gilbert as its new commercial director.

The commercial director role is new and has been created as the result of a sustained period of significant growth at the company. Katie will be the second female director on the board and at only 26, will be its youngest ever appointment.

TTK Confectionery creates eye-catching food gifting solutions for major retailers across the UK such as Sainsburys, Morrisons, Matalan, Urban Outfitters and WH Smith. It also sells to more than 21 countries worldwide as far afield as Canada and Australia.

Katie has been with the company since its creation. She first joined the company on a university internship steering the creative direction of the business. With the guidance and support of the board, she developed skills in a number of areas showing a natural gift for leadership and strategic thinking.

She now heads a team of eight and plays an integral part in the running of the company, managing multimillion pound budgets across several departments.

Katie said: “I’m extraordinarily proud that I’ve managed to reach this pivotal point of TTK’s growth journey and that I get to help shape our future. It’s a pleasure to be able to have such an influence over our strategy and I owe it all to the belief that our directors had in me from the very beginning.”

From the outset TTK Confectionery CEO Martin Barnett looked at building a team of high potential individuals who could form a winning team to develop and grow the business, and believes Katie is a shinning example of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.

“Her team are inspired by her journey at TTK and we are delighted that she is now taking her place as a member of the board. We are so proud of all she has achieved both within the business and personally,” Martin added.

Katie has won multiple business awards both individually and with her team. She also on the board of Generation Next, East Midlands Chamber’s membership service for young business owners and employees under 35.

Katie added: “I’d like to think that I can be a source of encouragement and inspiration for any young business leaders on their own career journeys by proving that with hard work and determination, you can set your mind to anything.”

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