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Obituary: Peter Ray, sales manager, BPW

Leicester, UK: Peter Ray, OE sales manager, BPW died on 15 June following a long illness with cancer. He was 64.

Peter Ray: 1953 – 2017

Peter joined BPW in October 1990, which was initially based in small offices in Brentford, West London, employing just 10 people. That same year the company moved to larger premises in Blaby, Leicester, where it remained for seven years.

During BPW’s time in Blaby, where the workforce increased to 21, BPW running gear started to make a real impact in the home market. The company’s 4% market share of the early 90s then stood at 20% – with BPW’s launch into Ireland being a large contributing factor.

It was in the mid-90s that Peter single-handedly took BPW across the length and breadth of Ireland. Along the way he made many friends and felt his relationships and experiences in Ireland had enriched his life.

Peter was fair-minded and very well respected throughout the industry. He worked with passion, integrity and energy and was renowned for his sense of humour. Peter will be remembered as a genuinely warm individual, committed to his work and to his customers and he will be a sorely missed member of the BPW team.