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Meet our staff – Nigel McEwan

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This staff member profile will hopefully give our customers more of an insight into our business and help improve the relationship we have with you. Let us know what you think!

Nigel McEwan, Warehouse Supervisor
Darts supremo, tapas eater and long distance pancake tossing champion.

Nigel is in charge of production on the floor of our main warehouse where orders all come together before they are dispatched to customers in our fleet of 30 vans and lorries. He makes sure customer orders are palletised and then loaded up with the right invoices so that customers receive their goods on time and in the right place.

Q. How did you first learn about Williamson Foodservice?
A. I started at Williamson’s about five years ago having seen their vans around Inverness when I was working for a rival company.

Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I like the fact my job is challenging and demanding but I try to meet these pressures with determination each day.

Q. What’s the most challenging part of your job?
A. As we approach a very busy summer, getting customer orders organised, made up and loaded in time for vehicles leaving for destinations around the Highlands and Islands is a big challenge. We deliver as far as the Isle of Skye, Lochaber and the Western Isles as well as the north west Highlands, Inverness and Moray too!

Q. What does a typical day look like for you?
A.When I get into work at 10am, I will pick some special fruit and vegetable orders when stock arrives on the daily articulated lorry from Glasgow. These are orders customers request to satisfy specific menus, specialisms or seasonal offerings. We can just about source any produce a chef needs these days with a little notice but we carry a warehouse full of produce that is always available!

Q. What products can customers expect to be hearing more about?
A. Hopefully a warm summer will see local soft fruits flourish including strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and brambles.

Q. What might someone be surprised to know about you?
A. I once tossed a pancake, the length of Church Street in Inverness!

Q. What’s your earliest food memory?
A. I hated onions as a kid and would ping them off my knife, much to my parents displeasure!

Q. If you are eating out, which style of food do you prefer?
A. I do enjoy a good steak or tapas where there’s plenty of choice/variety.

Q. What’s your passions in life or what do you like to do in your spare time?
A. I play darts in the local Inverness league and have recently won two titles! I also once beat professional darts champion Michael van Gerwen, the current world number 1 player!

Q. If you could swap jobs with anyone else, whose would you want?
A. I’d love to have Irving’s job as he is finishing his deliveries and going home each morning at 10am just as I am about to start my shift.

Q. If you had one meal to choose what would it be?
A. Steak with scallops!

Q. Are there any words or phrases that you either overuse or people know you for?
A. I’m always using cockney rhyming slang for a laugh.

Q. Which food do you wish had no calories?
A. I’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth, so any dessert!

Q. When are you happiest?
A. I enjoy trips to the racecourse to watch horse racing. A beer or two and winning a few quid always rounds the day off nicely.

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Meet our staff – Lyndsay Fraser

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Lyndsay Fraser, Sales Advisor
Cheese aficionado, champion disco dancer and aspiring bomb disposal expert.

Lyndsay works in our sales team with several others. She is the first point of contact for many of our customers taking orders, providing product information, answering queries and advising on product availability. It’s safe to say she likes cheese!

Q. How did you get into the food and drink industry?
A. I’ve worked in bars on and off for several years.

Q. How did you first learn about Williamson Foodservice?
A. I regularly saw Willaimson’s vans delivering orders. We now have more branded vehicles than ever.

Q. What are three words that best describe Williamson Food Service?
A. Reliable | Teamwork | Thriving.

Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. My customers and the friends I’ve made since I started working at Williamson’s really make my job :))

Q. What’s the most challenging part of your job?
A. Not indulging in the huge variety of cheese we have in stock!

Q. What does a typical day look like for you?
A. Taking orders is a big part of my job. We have schedules to suit customer needs which means I call for their orders at a time that is most convenient to them. Other calls often come through in between the schedule which manages to keep me busy most days!

Q. What’s the most interesting thing you have learned in the past 12 months?
A. Finding out what a finger lime is! It has a caviar ‘jewel like’ pearl inner that really explodes in the mouth with citrus, sweet and sour.

Q. What might someone be surprised to know about you?
A. I used to run for Scotland, was a champion disco dancer and loved to play basketball.

Q. Name something that would surprise people about your role?
A. Just how busy we get in the summertime. It gets busier every year!

Q. What food can’t you resist?
A. Cheese and wine – a match made in heaven!

Q. If you are eating out, which style of food do you prefer?
A. I love food but Scottish is best!

Q. What’s your passions in life or what do you like to do in your spare time?
A. I love going to gigs, seeing local bands, and visiting Edinburgh to stay with my brother.

Q. If you could swap jobs with anyone else, whose would you want?
A. Being one of our sales reps would be great as I’d get to meet customers face-to-face more, but I do love my current job 🙂

Q. If you had one meal to choose what would it be?
A. Sunday roast every time!

Q. Tell us a fact that most people don’t know.
A. A flock of crows is called a ‘murder’!

Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A. I wanted to go into the army as a bomb disposal expert!

Q. Do you have any hidden talents?
A. I absorb the most obscure pieces of information. No use most of the time unless I’m at a pub quiz!

Q. Which food do you wish had no calories?
A. Err, cheese – bit of a pattern emerging here!

Q. When are you happiest?
A. Family dinners, a few laughs and a drink or two!

Q. What would you like to be famous for?
A. Inventing a line of calorie free food/wine that tasted just as good as the real thing.

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Meet our staff – Simon Stewart

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Simon Stewart, Marketing Manager

Mountain biker, goats cheese fanatic and ‘belt and braces’ man.

Simon handles a wide range of marketing activity from the production of our regular promotional brochure and other printed or display material to social media, public relations, writing blogs, sponsorships, advertising and organising events like trade shows. He works closely with suppliers on joint promotional activity and ensures branding and visual content is accurate.

Q. How did you get the job with Williamson’s?
A
I was self-employed offering public relations and copywriting services but fancied a change just over a year ago. My marketing experience and a general interest in food and drink as well as a pretty close affinity with the Highlands sealed it for me

Q. What are three words that best describe Williamson Foodservice?
A. 
Committed | Loyal  |  Friendly

Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. 
I enjoy creating messages that let customers know how wide our product range is. When I started, I was amazed at the sheer volume and variety.

Q. What’s the most challenging part of your job?
A. 
Probably keeping on top of a continually changing digital and social media landscape.

Q. What does a typical day look like for you?
A. 
First thing I look at Twitter and respond or share anything that is relevant like our daily produce stock sheet and market information. For the rest of the day I can be working up a new promo brochure, organising a trade show, scheduling social media posts or writing a blog for our website.

Q. What gives you the most satisfaction in your role?
A. 
Learning about new and existing products and effectively communicating this to our customers to help them achieve their food and drink goals.

Q. What products can customers expect to be hearing more about?
A. 
Local and Scottish products are what consumers are most interested in and what we as a company are always looking out for. Watch this space!

Q. What are your hopes or ambitions for the food and drink industry?
A. 
I hope essential investment in infrastructure like roads and basic visitor amenities in many areas is progressed as soon as possible so that the North of Scotland’s tourism/food and drink industry can continue to grow sustainably whilst realising its full potential.

Q. Name something that would surprise people about your role?
A. 
I’m often found snooping about the produce warehouse looking for interesting fruit and veg pics to tweet about!

Q. What’s your earliest food memory?
A. 
Churning milk into butter in primary school!

Q. What’s your passions in life or what do you like to do in your spare time?
A. 
Mountain biking, off road triathlons, trail running, reading sports autobiographies and whisky.

Q. If you could swap jobs with anyone else, whose would you want?
A. 
Mountain biking or snowsports journalism would be pretty nice!

Q. Do you have a favourite holiday destination and what’s so special about it?
A. 
Banff in Canada is my all-time number 1 for great outdoor sports, great food and great people.

Q. If you had one meal to choose what would it be?
A. 
Anything with goats cheese!

Q. Are there any words or phrases that you either overuse or people know you for?
A. 
I’m a bit of a ‘belt and braces’ man!

Q. What’s top of your bucket list?
A. 
Get back to Banff, Canada asap!

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Meet our staff – Louise Beattie

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Louise Beattie, Field Sales Representative

Chatterbox, wannabe food inspector and world traveller.

Louise is one of two field sales reps at Williamson’s. For many of our customers, she is the face they see the most and is out on Highland roads all year round covering everywhere from Inverness City to the Isle of Skye. She helps customers including chefs, owners and other staff to understand how our product range can help meet their needs in a cost effective and profitable way.

Q. How did you get the job with Williamson’s?
A. I was made redundant by a competitor and got a job in telesales at Williamson’s. This post was a great way to get to know the product range and my 17 years of food industry knowledge also helped when Williamson’s was expanding – especially their ‘dry’ goods range.

Q. What are three words that best describe Williamson Foodservice?
A. Loyal | Local | Potential

Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I work with a great bunch of people, customers are so friendly and the scenery isn’t bad either!

Q. What’s the most challenging part of your job?
A. I’ve always been rubbish at getting up in the morning!

Q. What does a typical day look like for you?
A. Visiting customers and helping them find products that meet their needs as well as doing dry goods comparisons for them are the big ones but meeting suppliers regularly to improve product knowledge is another.

Q. What gives you the most satisfaction in your role?
A. Promoting or discussing new product lines with chefs and business owners helps generate new menu ideas that hopefully excite customers.

Q. What products can customers expect to be hearing more about?
A. During 2017, new coffee ranges aimed at different parts of the market have been launched as well as great tasting wines and local products including Aberdeenshire yogurt, Spey Valley craft beers and different artisan cheeses.

Q. What are your hopes or ambitions for the food and drink industry?
A. I hope the growing hospitality sector manages to attract new and talented staff to help meet demand. We are currently sponsoring a local Schools Masterchef competition to help promote hospitality with young people.

Q. Name something that would surprise people about your role?
A. I’m not big on fruit and there are certain cheeses I’m fussy about too! Apart from that, I eat practically anything!

Q. What’s your earliest food memory?
A. ‘Happy Faces’ biscuits and salad cream sandwiches!

Q. What’s your passions in life or what do you like to do in your spare time?
A. Badminton, eating out, gigs (especially 80s and 90s), travelling and a wee flutter on the football or horses.

Q. If you could swap jobs with anyone else, whose would you want?
A. I’d love to be a food guide inspector.

Q. Do you have a favourite holiday destination and what’s so special about it?
A. Croatia is absolutely stunning from its fabulous beaches and food to amazing islands, and terrific nightlife.

Q. If you had one meal to choose what would it be?
A. One of our customers makes incredible lamb croquettes with pea puree. Delicious!

Q. Are there any words or phrases that you either overuse or people know you for?
A. My colleagues say I use too many words in general! I’m always yapping!

Q. What’s top of your bucket list?
A. I’d love to take time out to travel by train through Europe.

 

 

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Meet our Staff – Raymond Slaney

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Raymond Slaney, Drystore Supervisor

Keen gardener, Chinese food fan and Richard O’Brian lookalike.

Raymond manages a team of 10 in our drystore who put together customer orders on a wide range of ingredients from spices, baking products and kitchen basics like flour and milk to our extensive range of soft drinks, craft beers and other beverages like coffee and tea. He makes sure drystore orders are efficiently transferred to our main warehouse where they are married up with fruit and vegetable ones so they all get delivered together.

Q. How did you first learn about Williamson Food Service?
A. I’d been out of work for a while when a friend said that Williamson’s was looking for warehouse staff – that was five years ago.

Q. What are three words that best describe Williamson Foodservice?
A. Reliable | Efficient | Fun

Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Every day is different and the staff here are pretty good craic! There’s always a bit of fun to be had in between the work.

Q. What’s the most challenging part of your job?
A. We aim to get orders 100% right and delivered in the best condition possible so trying to minimise damaged or incorrectly delivered goods is something we strive for on a daily basis.

Q. What does a typical day look like for you?
A. Preparation is key, especially during the summer and into autumn when we are at our busiest. We have delivery vehicles arriving with new stock throughout the day so this needs unloaded and stacked in the warehouse without delay. Making sure our staff know what is required and when, enables orders to be processed efficiently and I speak to our buyers throughout the day to ensure there is always a plentiful supply of stock.

Q. What are your hopes or ambitions for the food and drink industry?
A. Hopefully that it continues to grow and we find new and interesting products for Williamson’s customers to be excited by.

Q. What might someone be surprised to know about you?
A. I’m a keen gardener so as well as being a busy time of the year at Williamson’s, it’s also been all go in the garden with plants and flowers coming through.

Q. What’s your earliest food memory?
A. Bread and butter and sugared ‘pieces’!

Q. What food can’t you resist?
A. I absolutely love Chinese – Chicken Chow Mein is my favourite.

Q. What’s your passions in life or what do you like to do in your spare time?
A. Apart from the garden, I like a flutter on the horses on a Saturday!

Q. What three things would you take if you were stranded on an island?
A. A nice bottle of malt whisky, a beer or two and a fishing rod to pass the time would do just nicely.

Q. Is there a celebrity you most look like?
A. Apparently my fruit and vegetable colleagues think I look like Richard O’Brien of Crystal Maze fame.

Q. What book did you read last?
A. Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl.

Q. When are you happiest?
A. I love to get a winner on the horses but my colleague Gavin finishing his shift comes a pretty close second (only kidding Gav! -R)

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