Buckland - Business Developer - Cape Town, WC, South Africa

Neil Buckland

Cape Town, WC, South Africa


Born in the UK, prior to emigrating with my family in 1974, I started cycle racing – winning 2 English National Titles & a National record at the age of 13.
Completing my schooling in SA, I embarked on an “apprenticeship” as factory production manager, paving the way for me to establish my own businesses, which ran successfully for around 15 years.
Merging in 2000, I assisted with in the formation of arguably the largest Cycle clothing producer in SA today – Velotex.
Wishing to travel, I sold my shares & sought various employment opportunities while overseas, gaining invaluable & varied work experience as a building labourer, delivery driver, shelf packer, barman, waiter & call centre operator – before accidentally finding myself working in the Duty Free retail sector on Cruise ships, eventually becoming a manager.

Returning home between contracts in 2006, I was approached by “The Great Event Company” (Australian's) who offered me a partnership opportunity if I were to consider driving their operation in Cape Town. Unfortunately a short lived project, I fortunately found myself promoting & exhibiting sportswear & casual clothing, for Influence Clothing.
However the challenges & opportunity of setting up the gift shops on the largest Cruise ship in the world, took me off again - to Finland & back to ships, until May 2010 – when I returned to Cape Town, with my Fiancé, where I currently reside - Freelancing as a Tour Guide, Chaperone, Driver, Events Co-ordinator & or Promoter.


Business Developer

  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp


I have excellent communication skills, established & managed business’s for 30 years, am self motivated with strong yet caring sales skills & love a challenge!

Work History

Director / Partner


December 1999 - June 2003

Owner - MD

Znugglez Sportswear Manufacturers CC

November 1985 - March 2000

Cycle clothing & Sublimation printing specialists.
Producing garments for everybody from Corporations & individuals, to Race leaders jerseys for International & local or club races!
Proudly producing functional garments, at affordable prices!

Production Manager

Backpacker products,

May 1980 - May 1986

Started as Trainee Production Manager, manufacturing Backpack's, Tents, Rainwear & Sleeping Bags - left as Production Manager

Retail assistant - Liquor & Tobacco sales

Sea Life Cruisng services

Shelf Packer, Barman, Waiter & Call center operator

Somerfields, Falcondale Hotel, Wheelies Direc

Retail assistant - Jewellery


Marketing development & Promotions manager

The Great Event Company

Events manager

Influence Clothing

Duty Free - Gift Shop Manager

Harding Brothers

Freelance Tour Guide

FUN Tours, Promotions & Events

Qualifications & Certifications






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