What’s your position at Cannings?
I work in Malvern as a counter-hand. I initially started working at Kew and was hired on Simon’s (Malvern Store Manager) recommendation. When the Malvern store opened I moved down here as a permanent fixture. Technically my position is a sales assistant, however being there most of the week I get the opportunity do some meat cutting. Sam (Canning) and Simon are both very accommodating in teaching me. At times I’m maybe a bit too ambitious – but patience isn’t something I’m capable of when there’s learning to do. It’s a nice environment and Simon is always providing positive feedback.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
My main focus is serving customers but I’m also very interested the business side of things. I’m always paying attention to how business is tracking and wanting to assist in generating growth for the new store. I really enjoy building rapport with customers. Even though the store has only been here for a few months many customers address me by name and I try my best to remember all of theirs! I like fostering personal customer relations with locals and encouraging them to use the loyalty system.
How do you spend your down time?
I spend my free time socialising, catching up with friends and having a few drinks. On my day off I try to exercise and look after my body. I also enjoy visiting new and stimulating places.
Plans for the future?
I don’t have any long term goals per-se – I prefer to take it one day at a time. I’m highly motivated in what I’m doing and always come to work in a good mood. I’m really enjoying working at Cannings and can see myself doing it for a long time, they look after me and respect my input, I’m very optimistic about it.
What’s your food philosophy?
I’m what you would call health conscious – I eat lots of fruit and vegetables and avoid dairy and sugar. I eat red meat 2-3 times a week. I like any of the Beef or Lamb products we stock – I had a Scotch Roast the other night and it’s really some of the best beef I’ve ever eaten – the Dorper Lamb is also beautiful. I think it’s important to try as much as I can so I have an intimate knowledge of our range to relay to customers – if there’s anything I haven’t tried I will refer to my co-workers for recommendations.
Do you have a nickname at Malvern?
I get Roger Federer because of the hair and general resemblance. Also, another new one which I’m not too fond of, and produces minor irritation, is Jar-Jar Binks. I tripped over a trolley recently and Simon decided then and there that’s what he would call me. I’ve got a few names for him too, though. My new favourite is Friar Tuck.