Understanding the importance of a driven and committed workforce is fundamental to the long-term success of any company.
This is an outlook firmly held at Andrews Sykes, and one of the many reasons we are so keen to invest in our staff whenever possible.
As a result, we have extended our senior management team to ensure the business continues to flourish – promoting internally in some cases and appointing external candidates in others.
New HR manager Andrew Timmins joined us in January and cited his previous experience of dealing with Andrews as a key factor in him coming on board.
He said: “In a previous job, my firm would use Andrews’ products in cross-hires. The reason we chose them [us] as a supplier was because of their reputation – even back then – as a customer-focused company delivering high quality products and leading the way.”
Nigel Tasker arrived around the same time as Andrew and has taken up a Group IT Director role off the back of fifteen years’ experience in the sector.
Objectives have already been drawn up, and Nigel has been quick to familiarise himself with the business and what needs to be added during his tenure.
Speaking earlier in March, he said: “My philosophy is that we are a service to the business, so it’s up to us to make solutions available wherever necessary. I’ve been very impressed with our UK systems and hope to streamline these further before expanding them to Europe. This will help us, our customers – everyone really!”
A theme of Andrews’ growth has been our ability to adapt to industry changes and ensure we are always in a position to accommodate unique customer demands.
Recently promoted to Divisional Director of Scotland, Murray Stewart’s eleven years here have had a huge impact on our development north of the border which he expects to continue going forward.
He said: “Some of the biggest challenges we face are acclimatising to an everchanging market but still staying one step ahead of the game. We’re good at that. We’ve led the way on all sorts of issues, from environmental compliance to energy efficiency, and that’s something we should be proud of.
“In the last twelve months alone, we’ve had to extend our team and vehicle fleet by more than 20% in each case in Scotland to ensure we stay on top of demand. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is seeing our branding and equipment on site, which is happening regularly. That shows we’re doing well.
A ‘can do’ culture undeniably exists among our staff and this is something we’re immensely proud of. Indeed, the desire to communicate and cooperate with colleagues is something people regularly comment on when they visit our depots – as David Mahon points out.
Now Regional Director of the North, David is adamant that this unique working environment has more than played its part in our success over the years.
He said: “Although we’re a PLC, the company really has a family feel about it – and that’s down to the people that work here. It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking to a labourer or a senior director, everyone has time for you. It’s not like that everywhere.
“Andrews is different to other organisations in the sense that here, our people are empowered and actively encouraged to go out and make a difference. That’s what we try to do every single day.”
These sentiments have already been endorsed by Mark Page, our new Southern Regional Director, who has been quick to pick up on the positive attitude of those working alongside him.
Mark said: “My first impression of the company is that we’ve got some excellent people here. There’s a genuine spirit among staff which seems to breed a far greater deal of cooperation than I’m used to, whether that be between people from different departments or even different depots.
“It’s also amazing to see the number of long-serving people still working at Andrews Sykes, and shows the company must be doing things properly. It’s a cliché, but there aren’t many organisations that can boast such an experienced and loyal workforce. Everyone is so committed to the cause, and I think that’s clear to see.”
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