Matt Moss, one of Suffolk’s most admired young businesspeople, has been confirmed as the new managing director of Smart, a Thurston-based manufacturer of quality garden buildings, in a move aimed at further strengthening the success of this innovative Suffolk company.
Smart was founded 17 years ago by entrepreneur Charlie Dalton. Employing a unique building approach and materials alongside traditional craftsmanship skills, the company has become a market leader in the growing garden room and office sector and now boasts six distinctive product lines.
Since then, Charlie has launched Zedbox, a leader in the design and manufacture of quality room annexes and a separate trading company to Smart.
Matt Moss’s appointment as Smart’s managing director will allow Charlie to focus on further rolling out Zedbox, whilst maintain an involvement in the former as chairman.
According to Charlie: “Matt has a proven and enviable track record in building up a Suffolk manufacturer from humble beginnings to being a key component of a PLC, as well as being an unrivalled numbers man by training. So it was a no-brainer for me and the board to approve him as the new managing director of Smart.”
Having trained as a chartered accountant at Ensors, Matt worked as finance director – before becoming commercial director – of Poundfield Products, a market leader in high quality precast concrete manufacturing.
Under Matt’s guidance, the company won many contracts to supply products to some iconic engineering projects, including the nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C in Somerset, the reconstruction of Whitley Bay seafront in North Tyneside and closer to home, the Ipswich Tidal Barrier.
Matt’s commercial acumen drew the attention of SigmaRoc, an AIM quoted company that invests in and operates new and existing construction operations, who successfully acquire Poundfield last year. Matt subsequently rose to become the expanded business’s group finance director.
Matt explains: “I had such a great time at Poundfield and was proud to build up a team whose emphasis on quality of product, delivery and customer services helped redefine that sector.
“I knew it would take a once-in-a-lifetime offer to convince me to leave. Charlie and Smart provided that offer and there was no way I could refuse. Smart is an innovative and energetic company that both reflects and informs the flexible ways in which thousands of people are choosing to work and relax.”
Matt employs a very democratic style of leadership. “I won’t sit in here as the big boss. This is a team effort. I can’t do my job without the other guys. Communications is the key and spending time with them as the people here who know their jobs better than anyone. All I can do is tease out how to make it better!”
At 35, Matt has also built up a wider reputation across the Suffolk business community. He was the chair of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Bury St Edmunds for three years and now sits on the main Suffolk Chamber board.
“I believe that Suffolk has it all: it’s a great place to live and bring up a family and it is home to thousands of diverse and dynamic businesses. As well as growing Smart so that it fully reaches its amazing potential, I hope to continue marketing brand Suffolk to the rest of the country and indeed the world.”