‘NEXT GENERATION INCLUSION’ AT DANCO PLC

annabel-3-jpgOur latest addition, Annabel Wharram, recently joined Danco Plc as a dedicated member of the Sales team, bringing with her enthusiasm and innovation.

INCLUSIVENESS ACROSS THE INDUSTRY

This latest recruitment drive was timely, as just days before her arrival, team Danco had been at the ASAO annual conference where one of the hot topics of discussion was the importance of ‘next generation inclusion’. The Royal Bath & West committee specifically, encouraged the employment of fresh talent and we look forward to helping Annabel develop.

INTERVIEWING THE NEXT GENERATION

A month down the line, we ask Annabel to dish the dirt on what it’s like working for one of the UK’s leading marquee hire specialists …

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR PAST EXPERIENCE, WHERE WERE YOU WORKING PRIOR TO JOINING THE DANCO TEAM?

In June I completed my degree in Events Management, in the sunny seaside town of Bournemouth, which included a placement year where I worked as a Wedding & Events Assistant at a vineyard near Bristol airport. Following this, I returned to University for my final year where I graduated with an upper class 2:1. Straight out of Uni, I managed wedding clients for an outside catering company over the summer season, whilst looking for a full time graduate role. Which takes me to where I am today at Danco!

WHAT DREW YOU TO DANCO PLC INITIALLY?

Having worked in Weddings for all of my career so far, I felt that I wanted a change in order to understand the corporate side of the industry further. An opportunity arose at Danco and I thought it would be the perfect way for me to do this. I have also always worked in family run businesses and from my first interview, I could tell that Danco was a very much a family … one that I hoped I would fit into!

YOU HAVE BEEN WITH DANCO FOR A MONTH NOW, WHAT HAS STOOD OUT AS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT SO FAR?

One of the most memorable moments for me so far has been seeing how varied Danco’s customers and products are, for example we could get an enquiry for a small garden party all the way through to the biggest music festival in the country, Glastonbury. We really are equipped for all sorts! All these variations are something that I am learning slowly and I am sure over time it will become second nature.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE NEXT FEW MONTHS WILL HOLD FOR YOU?

Over the next few months I would hope that I can see through a booking, from the enquiry and quotation period, to the build of the structures and finally the finished product. I am sure this could take longer than a few months, but it’s a target I look forward to completing!

IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE SLOTTED IN WELL AND ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A BUSY START TO THE NEW YEAR, ANY TIME FOR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?

Just last week I went back to a dance class which has been a hobby of mine since I was 2 years old! It is something that I have always enjoyed doing and before University I was very lucky to have the chance to dance at the Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Arena. With two newbies starting in the office, and Christmas just round the corner, it’s been snack central in the Danco offices so some New Year exercise will be high on the list!

AND FINALLY, DANCO ARE NOW OVER 40 YEARS OLD, HAVE THE LONG-STANDING TEAM BEEN WELCOMING?

They definitely have! Everyone has been very welcoming, although I haven’t met a lot of the yard staff who are still busy putting up the last structures of the year – I do look forward to meeting them all at the Christmas party next week, where I am sure they will be very welcoming and most likely a tad competitive at the festive games planned!

Wish me luck!