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About Us

In 1991 the cost of petrol was 39.5p per litre, the average house price was £60,000, interest rates were 12% and ‘The Clash’ had a number 1 hit with ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’. This was the same year that two friends, David Watkins and Tony Nelder, brought across their first consignment of Belgian chocolates from a small wholesaler, just outside of Zeebrugge. Creme d’Or was born. The two friends had a very clear vision: To supply their customers with top quality, fresh and innovative product and to offer a level of customer service that would become the envy of others. 26 years on this ethos is stronger than ever and the ‘family’ of Creme d’Or extends from its staff to its vast array of customers throughout the UK and overseas. Today, Creme d’Or operates from its 20,000 sq.ft. warehouse on the outskirts of Beverley in East Yorkshire, employing 30 people who make up the customer support, sales, export, product, stock procurement, accounts and warehouse teams.

Meet the team

ChairmanDavid Watkins

David Watkins

Company DirectorTony Nelder

Tony Nelder

Managing DirectorMatthew Pullan

Matthew Pullan

Matt joined Creme d’Or in May 2017 after relocating back to the Beverley area from Hampshire. As the Managing Director, Matt is responsible for the management of our sales teams and customer services.

Sales DirectorGary Coggin

Gary Coggin

Gary joined the business in the capacity of Sales Director in July 2017 as the new board of directors was formed. Gary holds the responsibility for the Commercial channel of the business. Our commercial function is the bridge that links our huge network of supply partners and brand owners to our growing network of retailers within the UK, Europe and around the globe. Gary and the team are always engaging across the channels to develop our mutual trading relationships and seeking new opportunities. Please do reach out to Gary and the team if you have synergies and opportunities to explore with us.

 Customer Support

Customer Support

The customer support team are available by phone from 8.30 to 18.00 Monday to Thursday and 8:30 to 17:00 Friday to help you with ordering and to answer any questions you may have.

Business ManagerStuart Shedden

Stuart Shedden

Stuart joined Creme d’Or in January 2019. Based in the central belt of Scotland Stuart is responsible for developing existing accounts and generating new business.

Sales Development ExecutiveSimon Hague

Simon Hague

Responsible for the development of sales for head office accounts.

Head of Export​Laura Gunderson

​Laura Gunderson

​With a background in export, Laura joined the Creme d’Or team in September 2015. Laura exhibits at a number of international trade shows and she is steadily growing Creme d'Or's international customer base and export business. If you’re an export customer interested in our range please don't hesitate to contact Laura.

 Accounts Team

Accounts Team

Sandra Brimble heads the accounts team, Heidi, Julie and Martin are always available to help our customers.

 Product Team

Product Team

Helen Johnson leads the team that produces the brochure and manages the website. They are also responsible for developing new products and working with customers on private label projects. Her team includes Ramona and Emma.

 Warehouse Team

Warehouse Team

The warehouse team is led by Ian Braithwaite. They are responsible for managing goods-in and then packing and shipping the orders. The team includes John, Neil and Sam.