From shopfloor to office for two former retail workers

Mark Pye, left, and Simon Fontaine of Bluestones Retail recruitment agency.
Mark Pye, left, and Simon Fontaine of Bluestones Retail recruitment agency.

Two former retail workers have joined forces to launch their own installation and dismantling business.

Simon Fontaine and Mark Pye have launched Bluestones Retail – the latest partnership to be created by national company Bluestone Logistics.

We’re looking forward to getting underway and providing our clients with a top quality service.

Mark Pye, director.

The pair are based at Jarrow’s Clervaux Exchange Conference and Business Centre, and aim to deliver installation services including the dismantling, fitting and installation of bespoke equipment.

They will also be looking to provide merchandising and project management staff to work on projects throughout the UK.

Mark, who is a director of the company alongside Simon, said: “Simon and I are thrilled to open Bluestones Retail.

“We’ll be building upon many years of experience within the installation services and recruitment industries.

“We’re looking forward to getting under way, and providing our clients with a top-quality service from day one.

“We’d like to thank both Bluestones Investment Group and Bluestones Logistics for their ongoing support.

“We’re thrilled to be working alongside an established brand, and exploring which services we can offer their expansive client base.”

Both Mark and Simon were born and raised in South Shields.

Mark attended Mortimer Comprehensive School before moving onto South Tyneside College, while Simon attended Harton Comprehensive School before serving 10 years in the military.

Both men have worked within the installation industry, working with companies including RD retail, Recruit Retail, NCS Construction Solutions, Carlisle Support Service and SRG Installations.

They have also worked on and managed a number of retail refit programmes throughout the UK and Europe.

Last month, they made the decision to partner and open Bluestones Retail.

They are currently recruiting a core staff base from the North East but are also looking for staff based throughout the UK.

Bluestones Retail is the sixth partnership of Bluestones Logistics and ties in with the company’s plans to expand the criteria of services provided to their national client base.

To find out more about Bluestones Retail Limited and the services they offer visit www.bluestonesretail.co.uk or call 466 1340 or 466 1341