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Ken

Ken

Founder of the Group

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Was it really 1990 when I came up with the idea of Industrial Catalogue? 23 years and still going strong. I strongly believe that our company has both a professional and honest approach to every aspect of our business. The team at The Workplace Depot has been developed and encouraged to give the best customer service possible.

Likes

Everything that's bad for me – beer, wine, cheese, bread, late nights, long hours and walnut whips (If you don't know what a walnut whip is, please contact me immediately as you had to have tasted this delicacy before you die.)

Dislikes

Same as most people I reckon, people not returning calls, not doing what they say they will do and litter. Do people really need to throw rubbish out of the window?

Quick fact

My photo above gives no clue to the fact my hair started turning grey at the age of 21!!! Grey has now been taken over by white. So too late to reach for the bottle of dye.

Wendy

Wendy

Company Director

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As a Director of the company, I was very much part of any major decisions made within The Workplace Depot. I am now concentrating heavily on my own renovation projects and have taken more of a non-executive role within our family run company.

Likes

Australia, Building and renovating houses, Naturopathic medicine, Swimming, Quality family time

Dislikes

Builders with attitude!

Quick fact

Wendy’s real name is Joan

Steve M.

Steve M.

Managing Director

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I came up with the idea of The Workplace Depot brand during my time at The University of Nottingham. The original idea originated from the fact that an individual would go to B & Q for DIY products, PC World for a personal computer or Clintons for that all important mothers day card, but where would a business go for their workplace items? Where would you buy a grit bin or a storeroom trolley or even some warehouse shelving? With this in mind The Workplace Depot was born. A simple idea creating a brand providing everything for the workplace!

Likes

Politics, Architecture, Partying, Squash

Dislikes

Cheese, Negative people, Brutalist architecture, Bob Crow

Quick fact

Steve intends to go in to politics by the age of 35.

Michelle

Michelle

Operations & Sales Manager

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I’ve been with the company for 15 years. I oversee sales, general day to day running of the office and more recently the putting together of the catalogue.

Likes

Chocolate, The seaside

Dislikes

Ignorance, Game shows

Quick fact

Qualified nursery nurse and blue belt in Shotokan karate.

Katie

Katie

Reseller Sales

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The New Girl! I started at The Workplace Depot as reseller manager in June 2013, I have really settled in and felt like part of the team straight away! My role is developing the reseller side of the business, maintaining relationships with existing resellers and obtaining new business.

Likes

Good Food, Champagne & Cocktails! , Spending time with friends and family, Visiting new places, Music, Architecture, Fashion, Home furnishing design, Vintage cars

Dislikes

Don't like - Spiders … or any kind of insect actually, Littering, Rude people…(unnecessary.... a smile costs nothing), Crocs (the shoes)

Quick fact

Looking very grumpy in the photo… very unlike me … it must be the Hat!! As you can see I am brunette and was born brunette but for a year when I was a toddler my hair turned bright blonde & then returned to brunette again… (maybe my mum had an accident with a bottle of bleach…?)

Emma

Emma

Customer Service Executive

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I have been with the company for 5 years. I am sales admin and I am responsible for processing all incoming orders, all telephone and email enquiries and quotations. I work closely with Jo in Sales & Deliveries to ensure we give the customers the best delivery times and customer service we can.

Likes

Music, Good food, Exploring new places, Travelling, Holidays, Camping, Festivals

Dislikes

Rude & grumpy people, being late and people who are late.

Quick fact

Can fit into a household washing machine.

Jo

Jo

Customer Service & Deliveries

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I have been with the company for 7 ½ years. I look after the production and transportation of our Mobile Safety Step range, due to their size. I also support the sales team with customer service, liaising with suppliers, carrier information etc. In my spare time I am part of the online ‘Etsy’ marketplace which promotes handmade and vintage goods from all over the world. My shop Bookarelli has quirky and original items I hand craft from old and new books, so at home I am often under a cloud of book confetti!

Likes

Custard creams, eating out and the smell of cut grass

Dislikes

Frogs, winter mornings and parsnips (devils food!)

Quick fact

I once had a pet robin

Natalie

Natalie

Customer Service Executive

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I am the newbie at The Workplace Depot, I joined the sales team in March 2014 as a Customer Service Advisor. My main duties are to follow up orders, making sure the customer receives their order on time and that they are happy with everything and to also deal with any enquiries. In my free time I enjoy going to the gym and walking my dog Bailey. My mission is to save lots of money to buy my dream home by 2015, which at the moment is proving quite difficult due to my shopping addiction.

Likes

East enders, festivals, crazy, drunken nights out with my friends, spending time with my family who live in Cambridge (I relocated from Cambridge in 2013), cheese, sweet potato.

Dislikes

Insects, wind and rain, traffic, rude inconsiderate people. People that do not clear up dog mess and the fact that horses can leave their mess.

Quick fact

When I was 16 I was a TV extra on ITV’s ‘Life Begins’ with Caroline Quentin.

Dee

Dee

Customer Service Admin

I’m one of the newbies here at central source, I’m also the baby of the group. My job role is general administration, filing, faxing, spreadsheets, putting orders on and anything else the team need in order to keep customers happy.

Likes

My phone, crisps, Hollyoaks and my gorgeous little nephew.

Dislikes

Feet, they really scare me.

Quick fact

When I was about 1 year old, I jumped into the deep end of a swimming pool and 3 fully dressed life guards jumped in after me, whilst they were looking for me I managed to swim to the other side underwater. I got out the other side and went back to my Mum wondering why there were people swimming in their clothes- it’s a true story.

Matt

Matt

Head of Digital

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In the voice of David Attenborough… "Matt is a strange creature. He spends most of his day hiding in a dark corner or basement analysing data and strategising. He extracts high volumes of caffeine from liquid forms which allows him to work throughout the night. Occasionally he can be seen in broad daylight hunting for food, usually between the hours of 1-2pm."

Likes

Websites, Coffee, Photography, Technology, Gadgets, Blogging, Nature, Business, Science, Music, Travelling, American food.

Dislikes

Vegetables, Laziness, Inefficiency, Hollyoaks.

Quick fact

My fridge is half full with around 20 flavours of coffee beans.

Richard

Richard

Website Editor

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Degree in History & Politics and various qualifications in financial services and I.T. Every day I try and dream up ways to promote our websites and write 'interesting' things about kerb ramps, cable protectors, sack trucks and the like. I enjoy football and rugby (watching) and badminton and cycling to keep fit (well less un-healthy). From a 'brain' point of view I like biographies, art and dabling in shares.

Likes

Heavy metal, Indian curries, Strong coffee, Marmite, Cake, Trees, Dexter

Dislikes

'I don't like liars, cheats; bullshitters, schmoozers and arselickers' (to quote Alan Sugar). Also hate cellery, flip flops, migraines, cruelty to animals (or people), Coventry

Quick fact

I once went from California to New York on a Greyhound bus in 5 days (about 3,000 miles)

Chris B.

Chris B.

Web Executive

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I consider myself as a straightforward guy with a passion for music, space science and of course online marketing. Marketing is my profession and I like tinkering with small details until the outcome looks impressive. When I am not at my desk, you can find me reading some classics by Dickens, Hardy etc. Not a fan of eBook or Smartphone but love exploring new things.

Likes

One Direction, I am an admirer of Michio Kaku. Yeah, you knew it already; I love the ‘Web’

Dislikes

Hate sports that I do not understand, Politics, Cold weather

Quick fact

As a school boy, I won speed eating championship

Sarah

Sarah

eCommerce Executive

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As of May 2014 I am working for the company as an E-commerce Executive, where my main duties will include updating product information on the website and editing and publishing blog posts – I’m really looking forward to working here and getting to know everyone! I have a degree in Marketing Management from Nottingham Trent University and a strong interest in social media and reading fashion/beauty related blogs. I also love Steven Gerrard a questionable amount.

Likes

Liverpool FC, Shopping, Animals, Netflix, Tapas, Friends (the TV show, although I like my friends too).

Dislikes

Flying/Aeroplanes, Insects, Manchester United Fans.

Quick fact

I swam with Dolphins in Mexico for my 21st Birthday – best day ever!

Steven

Steven

eCommerce Executive

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I’m excited to join the team at The Workplace Depot as an eCommerce Executive. I hope I can use my skills and expertise to develop the website, social media and the company’s digital offer as a whole.

Likes

Everything football, the gym, pushing myself, social media, Italian and Chinese food..

Dislikes

Being disorganised, traffic and most reality TV.

Quick fact

I once did the full monty for charity.

Derek

Derek

Web Developer

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I have been building e-commerce websites since 1998, starting out with Sony in the prehistoric dial-up era, when Google didn't exist and social networking involved fax machines. I've been working with The Workplace Depot since April '12 and spend most of my time coding new site features, whilst occasionally breaking older ones!

Likes

German weissbier, city break holidays, all Apple computer products from the last 10 years, hair clippers, LARGE plasma televisions showing high-definition movies, dishwashers.

Dislikes

Flying, ALL TV shows that involve voting via text, airport security, films set in time older than 20 years (at time of viewing), house work.

Quick fact

I have Koumpounophobia which is an irrational fear of buttons. Especially loose, creepy ones that sneak in to my flat at night and hide under the sofa.

Steve N.

Steve N.

Financial Controller

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I am Steve, I have been with the company since March 2013 and enjoying it very much, I am here on a daily basis to help improve the company’s efficiency and implement cost savings and find ways to increase profit and to improve reporting along with analysis for detailed management information. I have been doing accounts and this type of role for the past 20 years and have always enjoyed being involved in the role as it is rewarding to see your efforts making a physical and actual difference.

Likes

Holidays, Football, Dogs, Quiz, Music, Weekends with friends & family

Dislikes

Waiting in traffic, Feeling ill, Being late, Early mornings, Aggressive people and gardening or any kind of DIY

Quick fact

I have a fear of butterflies and moths being near me – as I think that they have a personal mission to attack me.

Steve D.

Steve D.

Credit Controller

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I have been with the company as an accounts assistant nearly 3 years and studying for the AAT qualification. My role is the day to day running of the finance department. In my spare time I play for Bingham town football club and generally like to get out and about.

Likes

Sports, Travelling, Socialising, Nottingham Forest

Dislikes

Heights, Horses

Quick fact

I once ran around Bingham in a wig, dress and heels as a bet.

Duncan

Duncan

Catalogue Manager

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With a degree in International Marketing and a long (ish) career in direct marketing and product buying, I joined the company in April 2014 as Catalogue Manager.
 
My role is to produce catalogues with products and suppliers that support the business strategy of the company.

Likes

Tennis, cycling & hill walking. Italian food and wine. Music. Gardening. Weekends with family & friends.

Dislikes

Life’s too short to dislike too much, apart, perhaps, from rude or aggressive people.

Quick fact

Have walked to the top of Mount Etna.

Sheetal

Sheetal

Graphic & Web Designer

Hi! I am Sheetal. If you are flattered by this website's design then I would be more than happy to take the credits for impressing. Over five years, my focus has been on making websites look pretty, posh, interesting and sophisticated. Whether it's a catalogue, website, e-mail campaign, banner ad or print advert, I would give my best to make it look amazing. I love 'Designing' and my passion for it is bound to remain with me forever.

Likes

Organising & Planning, Zumba, Calligraphy, Cappuccino, Sleeping, Acting, Thai Cuisine

Dislikes

Credit Cards, Black Olives, Spiders, Laziness, Sprouts, Dishonesty, Unreliablility

Quick fact

Married same person twice. Knows five languages. Wanted to become a doctor.

Thom

Thom

Catalogue Designer

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When I'm not wrangling recalcitrant products onto the page of our catalogue, I can mostly be found tidying up after my children and wondering if it is too early for a glass of wine.

Likes

Cats, Beer, Lego

Dislikes

Prof Brian Cox, Leeks, Windows, Facebook

Quick fact

It is now three weeks since I last threw a naughty child's toy out of the bathroom window. This is a new record.

Chris L.

Chris L.

Cameraman & Editor

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I am the resident Videographer and Photographer. Anything to do with video or photography I am all over it like a rash. I love it. I have created hundreds of product demos for our website and even created a motion graphic advert.

Likes

Reading, Writing, Making/Watching films, Photography, Doctor Who, Music, Video Games, TV, Whiskey, Rum, Cider, Walking, Cycling, Gadgets and Technology.

Dislikes

Having to write up lists of my likes and dislikes.

Quick fact

1998 Ages 10 and under local Quick Cricket champion.

Ben

Ben

Warehouse Operative

Hi I’m Ben and I work in the warehouse, picking and preparing orders for our customers. I love the physical nature of my role and the challenge that comes with working with products of all different shapes and sizes.

Likes

I’m a huge football fan and love to play whenever possible. I also like Comedies, Mexican food and Corona.

Dislikes

I don’t dislike many things but I’m not a fan of people who don’t have a sense of humour. Life is too short.

Quick fact

I have a picture of Alan Shearer holding a picture of me. It’s my claim to fame.

Dave

Dave

Warehouse Operative

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Hi I am Dave and have been working for the company for approximately 8 years carrying out general warehouse duties, delivering goods and general repair work.

Likes

Chinese food, Drink, Gardening, Angry birds, and Midget gems

Dislikes

Men with ponytails, Cheese, Yogurt, Spiders

Quick fact

I once had money until I got married.

Mark

Mark

Warehouse Operative

I have not been with the company long but am really enjoying being part of the team and getting to learn the different tasks of the job.

Likes

Football (Liverpool FC), Playing football for my local team, Music, Films, Ice cream, My cats, Sport, Socialising with friends.

Dislikes

Spiders, Moths, Cake, Chicken keivs, Mornings, Winter.

Quick fact

I have never been on plane/abroad therefore I am scared of flying.

John

John

Warehouse Deliveries

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As part of the Workplace Depot transport team, my role within the company is to deliver our Mobile Safety Step and Access platforms to customers on time. I pride myself on the service we can provide, as these sometimes very large units require special handling and transportation to guarantee a safe delivery and ensure a satisfied customer. We do use other couriers as a company, but having our own transport gives the Workplace Depot the flexibility to meet that special delivery requirement as and when needed. Happy customers return with future orders with confidence, knowing delivery of these items will be second to none.

Likes

Roast Dinners, Steam Rallies, Road Travel

Dislikes

Sea Food, the smell of Rum, rude Children

Quick fact

I once roller skated from London to Brighton in one day for charity.

Jason

Jason

Head of Manufacturing

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As part of the Workplace Depot Manufacturing team – I head the manufacture of our full range of Mobile Safety Steps, Access Platforms and bespoke units as well as various other products which are all manufactured here in the UK. Quality is of the upmost when it comes to our product range, we are able to offer the control when it comes to excellence in machine fabrication, keeping British Manufacturing very much a part of the industry.

Likes

Fishing, Camping, Italian food

Dislikes

Cricket, Jellied eels, Crocodiles

Quick fact

I once had a dog who could fetch a bottle of beer out of the fridge for me.

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