Conservatory Outlet Group has appointed Craig Schmidt as Group Head of IT.

“These are exciting times for the group as we look to target £50m of sales within the next eighteen months,” said Craig, 45, who moved to the UK from his native South Africa in December.

“Digital transformation is happening across every sector and one of my roles will be to identify how we can bring in new technologies to initially support the manufacturing operation and then all areas of our business. This isn’t just investment for investment’s sake, but about how we can use IT to improve the way we manufacture products and how we manage our supply chain.”

Conservatory Outlet employs over 400 people across it 60,000 sq ft factory in Wakefield and retail businesses Clearview and Pennine Home Improvements as well as supplying its 27-strong network of home improvement retailers across the UK. It was recently recognised by the London Stock Exchange after posting £48m annual sales across the group.

Pictured: Craig, left, with CO’s Greg Kane