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11th March 2016

Photo: Four new recruits celebrating their graduation from the sales academy. Tom Wearing, Phil Hunter, our sales trainer Chris Dawson from 6th Door Training, Adam Finlay and Marc Murray.

Landmark’s Saviour Launches Industry Approved Sales Academy

One of Southport’s most venerable buildings saved and restored by a local business, will swap legal argument for sales learning under the old courthouse’s towering art deco ceiling.

Sales and marketing company Access Point, one of the town’s rapidly growing businesses and a national company, has launched its new Institute of Sales and Marketing approved training academy to help tackle an acute skills shortage.

The courthouse, now a blend of graceful art deco and cutting-edge modern design, including a Hawaiian rooftop terrace and staff games room, is one of the UK’s best office environments.

CEO David Robertshaw said: “We took the decision to stay in Southport and make the courthouse our HQ.  We’ve made a big investment in the town, renovating the building and converting it into an incredible office environment.  However we also realised that we had to do more to attract and develop talent in the face of stiff competition from cities’ commercial districts.

“The academy is aimed at offering the best nationally recognised training in Southport and igniting incredible careers.” The four week course will teach the six new recruits the basics of professional selling with integrity.

“There doesn’t appear to be the depth of trained, quality sales people we need within our town,” said David.  “So we decided to develop our own.  Some of our sales personnel started with limited or no experience, so launching a training academy to seek out potential rather than experience seemed like an innovative solution.”

David added: “We are very proud of our Southport heritage.  It is important to us to provide employment opportunities within the town; particularly in the face of job losses in the retail and public sectors.”

Successful candidates will earn a recognisable qualification from the ISMM and an opportunity to grow within Access Point.  The business works with many of the UK’s major retailers including Argos, Homebase and the Co-Operative Group.

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Access Point was founded in 1997, it offers face to face promotional space on behalf of Tesco, The Co-operative Food, Wickes, Makro, Train Stations, Shopping Centres and Shows and Exhibitions for a range of non-competing third party clients from Bannatyne Leisure to Virgin to BMW to Cancer Research UK.


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