NICE TO MEET YOU –
We are the team who work behind the scenes, talk to you on the phone, meet you face to face and make the magic happen.
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I love being responsible for the running of the business. General daily tasks for me include pricing, goal setting, managing finances and overseeing processes. I started out with National when I was 16 years old and moved through the divisions of manufacturing, installation, sales, and accounts, before becoming the owner in 2013. I have been here for almost 35 years now, ever since I left school!
I live locally in Kent and enjoy keeping active outside of work, playing tennis, squash and going to the gym. If I need to relax after a busy day at the office, I like to read and go to the theatre.
I started out at National as a Saturday boy more than 30 years ago when I left school. I worked my way through every area of the company before I became a managing director, and I am now responsible for setting up and seeing through strategies, lead generation and client management, delivery management, and authorising clients’ plans before they are sent to the workshop. I can always find solutions for clients and am known as a problem solver – receiving positive feedback from clients makes the job even better. I’m also a dab hand at predicting the winner of the Grand National, so if you need any tips you know where I am…
I live nearby and my main interests outside of work are visiting new places, watching live sport and socialising.
First thing’s first, each day starts with a cup of tea. Then, we discuss the day’s work ahead, make contact with our potential clients, and throughout the day, I check quotes and authorise plans. I am also tasked with thinking of new ways to develop the company, coming up with ideas to drive the business forward. I have been with National for more than nine years now, as my dad offered me a position after school. I started out as a sales advisor – I made lots of tea at first. Over the years, I built up my knowledge of our building practices, became CITB SSSTS trained, and took first aid and fire marshal courses. I became a Director in 2017.
Outside of work, I enjoy travelling and playing a game of pool.
I am the main point of contact for the majority of new clients, and I love meeting new people and finding out about them. I mostly spend my days talking to people who have made an enquiry, sending out quotes and processing orders. I also produce building plans (I’m fully qualified in CAD design) and carry out on-site surveys. I have worked for National for over 10 years and love the variety – no two buildings are the same. I’m also proud to say that I am the company’s golf champion and nobody has challenged my title just yet…
I live locally in Ashford and have recently had my first child, so outside of work I spend most of my time chasing him around!
Office Administrator/HR Manager
I take care of the day-to-day administration for the company, dealing with customer data, sending out brochures, raising sales invoices, processing orders and looking after logistics for the installations team. I also keep staff records and run payroll – making sure people get paid is a very important job! I have been with National for most of my working life and love spending my days with a great team of people.
I am kept just as busy outside of work as I am in the office, being a mum to my three children.
I organise and oversee the installations team’s daily projects, as well as servicing power tools, keeping records of drivers’ cards and lorry tachos and organising servicing of vehicles. I started at National in 2008, becoming Assistant Installations Manager after five years, and I was then promoted to my current position of Installations Manager after another five years. Finishing projects and keeping everything running well gives me a sense of satisfaction, and I enjoy the time I spend with clients – you meet everyone in this line of work, from local families to the rich and famous!
I’m a family man, spending my time outside work with my wife and four children, and walking our two dogs.
I have worked at National for 15 years, where I started off as a door maker and have worked my way up to Production Manager. I am responsible for making sure buildings are made to a high standard and are loaded ready for delivery. My day usually consists of liaising with the office staff to make sure the information on the base plans is correct, then organising the yard staff to complete tasks correctly and efficiently. I am a fire marshal, a first aider and am trained in health and safety, as well as holding NVQs in customer service. This aspect of the role is really important to me, and I love seeing happy clients at the end of a project.
I enjoy using my hands outside of work as well, and I have a car workshop where I carry out all types of mechanics and bodywork. I also like carp fishing, travelling all over the country and going abroad.