Me & My Job - Amanda McGreavy, accounts manager, Catering Projects

 Amanda McGreavy, accounts manager, Catering Projects - image: HW
Amanda McGreavy, accounts manager, Catering Projects - image: HW

- What is your typical day? It can be mixed. I may meet clients for the first time, discuss their needs and explore scheme ideas. I may then move on to present a design concept to a client. It may even be the last installation day and I could be helping to clean down for its handover.

- How did you get into the industry? I have been in sales all my working life. About 15 years ago I worked for a company selling mainly glassware and crockery to bars and restaurants. I later moved to a commercial kitchen design house. This was followed by six years specialising in garden centre catering, offering full turnkey solutions. Getting involved with the build helps to work the internal fit out.

- What advice would you give to others starting out? Learn the sector you're working in. Understand customer needs and deliver what you promise.

- What is the best part of your job? Seeing a completed scheme looking stunning, having a happy client at the end of a very busy last day prior to handing back the facility, then returning a month later and hearing about its success.

- And the worst? Traffic jams in hot weather.

- What has been your greatest achievement? Over the years I have completed many large schemes - and not just in garden centres. Seeing the results have a massive impact on the rest of the garden centre is a rewarding feeling. This is a great industry and many clients have become friends through the process.

- How do you wind down after a hard day? A long walk with the dog, and - depending on the day of the week - a nice glass or two of wine.

- What does the future hold? Garden centres are realising just how important catering has become to their businesses. I think that trend will continue to become stronger as time progresses. We are also sponsoring the Garden Retail Awards.

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