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Focus on Williamson staff

In order to develop even more effective partnerships with customers, we now feature a member of staff in these brochures. This will hopefully give you more of an insight into our business and helps improve the relationship we have with you. Let us know what you think!

Joanna (Jojo) Kucharczyk

Accounts assistant, ‘To-do’ list specialist, cook and occasional skier

Jojo is part of a six strong accounts team at Williamson Foodservice. She works on the purchasing side of the business, so checks that supplier invoices are correct, sorts out any errors and makes sure they are paid on time. Checking statements and haulage invoices, setting up supplier accounts and answering calls are all in a day’s work for Jojo.

She also likes to cook and enjoys nothing more than a nice dish of ‘knedle’ with plums. Never heard of it? Then read on to find out!

Q. How did you get the job with Williamson’s?
A.  I started as a part-time cleaner in 2005. Soon after, I took a job in the store picking and packing fruit and vegetables and since 2009 I have been working in the accounts office.

Q. What three words best describe Williamson Food Service?
A. Variety | Versatility | Growth

Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I deal with a wide range of people in my job from our customers and suppliers to our great staff. Helping them solve any queries they might have is especially satisfying.

Q. What does a typical day look like for you?
A. I work alongside suppliers who can be anything from a multi-national drinks company to a fruit and vegetable importer or a local cheese maker. I make sure invoices are correct and call them up if there are any discrepancies. I’m also responsible for charging customers correctly for haulage and check statements for payment.

Q. What might someone be surprised to know about you?
A. I’m a pretty good cook and a ‘To-do’ list specialist – I like to be organised and get things done on time!

Q. What’s your food heaven and food hell?
A. My food heaven is my fiancé’s roast chicken with homemade Yorkshire puddings! Watermelon is my favourite fruit and food hell is shellfish.

Q. If you are eating out, which style of food do you prefer?
A. I love most food but Indian and Thai cuisine are my favourites.

Q. Favourite quote?
A. “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Q. What’s your passions in life or what do you like to do in your spare time?
A. I enjoy keeping fit and regularly attend body balance classes. I also enjoy wee adventures with my family, dancing and skiing.

Q. If you had one meal to choose what would it be?
A. Knedle with plums – or plum dumplings. It is an Austro-Hungarian dish of boiled potato/dough dumplings filled with plums. The taste always reminds me of Poland, where I come from.

Q. What three things would you take if you were stranded on an island?
A. Speed boat, petrol so I could get to the shore as soon as possible, and Elderflower Gin because it’s tasty!

Q. What book did you read last?
A. Duncan Bannatyne “Riding the Storm” – a great read of personal and business survival.

Q. What’s top of your bucket list?
A. I’d love to go to Japan and the Maldives. I’d also like to learn Spanish.

Q. Which food do you wish had no calories?
A. Ice-cream.

Q. When are you happiest?
A. When spending time with my family and watching my kids having fun.