Colleague Stories

Elaine Bennett: Material Conveyancer

I have been employed by Hozelock for over 40 years now. In this time I have had 3 children and I have had several different positions, including Assembler, TC, printer and now a material controller.

I have seen many changes over this period, worked in three different locations; Elliot Street, Plume Street and at present Midpoint Park.

I have found over the years the company has assisted me in many ways, I have always had the feeling of belonging, the help I have always received has been beneficial and very welcome. I enjoy my job and can see myself doing nothing else but work for this ever growing and developing company.

I have been very happy in my time at Hozelock, and look forward to many more rewarding years at Hozelock.

Peter Devine: Manufacturing Manager

I joined Hozelock 17 years ago starting my Hozelock career in the Production Engineering Department. I moved to the Plastic Processing Department, managing its relocation to the Head Office in Birmingham. I am now the Operations Manager responsible for both the Plastic Processing and Assembly operations. My role is to improve efficiencies, implementing cost saving initiatives, but most of all doing what is best for our customers and the business.

The people within Hozelock make it a great and a really enjoyable place to work. When I first started, like every newcomer I was quiet and shy and I was immediately made to feel more at home. People go out of their way to help you and everyone works together as one team.

I am proud to say I work at Hozelock, and like everyone else have now become a weather watcher at weekends to judge how busy I am going to be the following week.

Julie Horton: Planning Manager

I joined Hozelock in 1987 on a 6 week temporary contract, I applied for the role of Receptionist, however, on arrival I was asked to apply for the role of Purchasing Clerk as the reception role had been filled internally.

Fast forward 26 years and I am now the Planning Manager, responsible for the day to day running of the planning and procurement team.

I have been fortunate to have visited suppliers in Slovenia, China and Malaysia on behalf of the Company.

One of the many things that I like about working at Hozelock is that no two seasons have ever been the same. Hozelock creates a challenging and enjoyable environment to work in, especially when the sun is shining.

Nick Jones: Studio Manager

Initially, my role at Hozelock was a freelance one before being offered the position of Graphic Designer in 1995. Within 12 months I was promoted to Design Controller, managing a team of 2 designers. Over the last 13 years I have developed a confidence in dealing with people at all levels and the business has acknowledged my skills and allowed me to develop and manage a highly successful design studio.

As a creative person I enjoy challenges and continue to see the business evolve and play my own part in that development. Traditionally the workload gets pretty hectic through the spring and summer developing catalogues in 21 different languages!

Without a doubt the most enjoyable part of my job is the people.

Since day one, I have had the good fortune to work with a great bunch of people. Hozelock has a friendly working atmosphere and having a laugh whilst working hard is what it’s all about for me!