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Q & A WITH DANILO’S SALES OFFICE MANAGER AMY ROWLEY

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Amy Rowley is Danilo’s Sales Office Manager, who has a proficient background working in retail. She has indulged her passion for art and design over the past few years and has even studied and gained a qualification in graphic design, inspiring her to follow trends and culture within the art and design world.

Since joining Danilo Promotions in 2016, Amy has fully immersed herself in the culture and dynamics of the Danilo team, and continues to give fantastic customer service whilst always striving to maximise sales and she remains a strong asset to the company.

So, in order to get to know Amy a little bit better, we asked her a few questions about herself and her career…

1.What was your previous job to Danilo?

Before joining Danilo my first ever job was in retail, aged 16, which spanned across 6 years, in various companies and departments such as admin and customer services.

2. What do you most enjoy about your role at Danilo?

My role is very diverse, no two days are the same at Danilo. I enjoy working in such a friendly industry and I also love working with so many fun and exciting brands every day, especially Disney and Harry Potter to name a few!

3.Who would play you in a film of your life?

I quite like the idea of the film of my life being an animation so I would like to see myself brought to life as a cartoon character 😊

4.What 3 words would friends / family / colleagues use to describe you?

I think I would be described as patient, fun and probably clumsy!

5. Whose Calendar have you got on your wall this year?

This year I have the Disney vintage posters calendar, it’s on my fridge and features lots of my childhood faves like Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, it’s great and is obviously a Danilo calendar!

6.What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Always treat everybody the way you would like to be treated!

Danilo’s National Sales Manager, Deryl Thomas, comments: “Amy is a very proficient employee and provides invaluable support to the account managers such as myself. She is professional and has a very positive manner when dealing with customers. A great asset to the sales team.”

To contact Amy if you have any questions about Danilo, please email arowley@danilo.com

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Q & A WITH NEWEST ADDITION TO THE SALES TEAM, JULIE ANDERSON

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Renowned industry executive, Julie Anderson joined our expanding national sales team in April, bringing with her a wealth of industry experience. As Senior National Account Manager, Julie is responsible for overseeing some major retail accounts for the company. So, hot on the heels of her settling in, we asked Julie a few questions to find out a little more about her…

1.What was your previous job to Danilo?

My previous role was National Account Manager for Pioneer Europe Ltd ( I was selling balloons and partyware).  Prior to that my career had been as follows; 15 years for Hallmark, 10 years for Carte Blanche and 3 years for Gemma.

2. What are you most looking forward to in your new role at Danilo?

An opportunity to work for Danilo doesn’t come along very often, so whilst I was happy working for Pioneer Europe, I just felt that when this position became available, it was the right move for me.

I am particularly looking forward to getting back into the wonderful world of cards and wrap/calendars and diaries.  Although my last 2 years were out of the industry, prior to that I had done 28 years within it.. Therefore I am very excited about working with this product category again, working with some amazing customers I have met along the way plus new customers and finally working closely with the dynamic Danilo team.

3.What do you consider your greatest achievement to date?

I would probably say bringing up my 2 wonderful daughters whilst working full time… oooh and not having a day off sick for over 15 years!

4.Who would play you in a film of your life?

It would have to be the amazing Helen Mirren – a strong, classic and determined lady.

5.What 3 words would friends / family / colleagues use to describe you?

I asked my friends this question as I didn’t think it fair to answer it myself… they said considerate, determined and hardworking… and if I was allowed a 4th word I’m sure many people would say chatty!

6.What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Always treat everybody the way you would like to be treated!

Danilo sales director, Brett Smith, comments: “I’ve known Julie for many years and have always admired her professionalism and can-do attitude. She always goes above and beyond to look after her customers and that’s exactly the philosophy we all have here at Danilo. Julie brings some invaluable experience and will fit in perfectly with the existing team.”

So a big welcome to the team Julie from all of us 😊

To contact Julie about any of Danilo’s official calendars, diaries, greetings cards and wrap ranges, please email janderson@danilo.com

MEET YOUR TOP GEAR PRESENTERS: Q&A WITH RORY, CHRIS AND MATT

We put Top Gear Presenters Rory Reid, Chris Harris and Matt LeBlanc under the spotlight in our latest Q&A:

1. What was the favourite place you visited from last series?

Rory: So far, that would have to be Kazakhstan, as it’s so vastly different to anywhere else I’ve ever visited. The landscape, the culture and the customs are all fascinating, as are the people. Being a bit of a stargazer, I was doubly fascinated with thevplace as it’s home to the Baikonor Cosmodrome, from where  the very first people were launched into space.

Chris: There were parts of Montenegro that I loved – I remember standing with Matt on top of a mountain looking down onto a lake… I loved Montenegro.

 

2. What’s been your favourite car to drive in this series?

Matt: The Lamborghini Huracan was a fun car to spin around

Rory: Volkswagen Golf GTI. Sabine and I did that film. It’s such a good car. It is not on the level of a Porsche but in the right hands it is quicker.

Chris: I had a full 11/10, out of body of moment when I drove Ferrari FXX K. That woke me up proper sideways. It does 120mph. Nobody else had driven it before. Amazing.

 

3. What’s been the funniest moment on the show?

Chris: In TV you want things to happen, in Top Gear we want things to happen. But when an unscheduled crash happens it can be quite funny – it wasn’t at the time but looking back it was funny.

Rory: Watching Chris Harris attempt to drift an Alfa Romeo through the narrowest of gaps. I won’t spoil it for you, and I really shouldn’t laugh, but I nearly fell out of my chair.

 

4. What is your favourite racing track to drive on?

Chris: How many other people have drifted a Ferrari FXX K around Daytona? I like drifting stuff that shouldn’t be drifted. When someone tells me ‘that’s not a car that should be drifted’, I’ll go against that and say yes, it is.

 

5. If you had an unlimited budget what would be your dream car?

Chris: It changes on a daily basis because I’m a car enthusiast. For me today I woke up and wanted a 1974 Porsche 911 GT3 RS – it’s one of the best cars driven and about £1.2 million pounds sterling.

Rory: Probably the Bugatti Chiron. I didn’t like the look of them at first, but the design has really grown on me and the performance speaks for itself.

 

 6. Which car best represents you / your personality? / Describe each other.

What’s Rory like?

Chris: He is competitive, he is a perfectionist and he has an interest in the style of cars that I love seeing. I love seeing things that I don’t really get. Matt He has this boyish quality to him that gives the audience a voyeuristic view of what we are doing. He has this bright eyed excitement about it all, which is really endearing and fun to be around.

And Matt?

Chris: He is a big friendly bear, he is much wiser than people give credit for and he has seen it all. I think people will be surprised to see his driving skills.

 

And if you’re a Top Gear fan, then don’t forget you can purchase the Official Top Gear 2018 Desk Easel Calendar and the Official Top Gear 2018 Calendar at Calendar Club, HMV, WH Smith and online at danilo.com (with Free UK Delivery) and Amazon UK – they make great Christmas Stocking Fillers!

 

DANILO’S Q&A WITH THE ARCHERS SCRIPTWRITER KERI DAVIES

Born in Treherbert, Wales, Keri Davies is a producer and writer, best known for his work on BBC radio soap opera The Archers. Keri was formerly the show’s senior producer but since 2003, he has been a scriptwriter.

Keri is also involved in putting together the ever-popular Official The Archers Calendar! As well as sourcing some of the smaller Archers portrait photos, Keri’s main role is to write the copy that accompanies each month – which among other things means adapting and testing the recipes! 😉

We asked Keri the following questions:

1. How long have you been a scriptwriter for The Archers?

I’ve written scripts for The Archers since 2003. Before that I was the programme’s Senior Producer and subsequently its Web Producer. I’ve been working on the programme in various capacities since 1992.

2. Who is your favourite character?

This is a really difficult one, as there are so many wonderful characters in The Archers. I do like to write comedy, so it’s great to have characters that can carry that off, like Jazzer McCreary, Brian Aldridge, Lynda Snell, Susan Carter, Eddie Grundy, Joe Grundy… I could go on – but I won’t.

3. What has been your favourite plotline?

I’m going to go back to well before I worked on The Archers, to my early days as a listener. Young Shula Archer (now Hebden-Lloyd) and her boyfriend Nigel Pargetter got up to all sorts of scrapes – including Nigel illegally driving away a car because he thought it was Shula’s. It was great fun to listen to, and it started me on a habit which became a lifetime’s pleasure – and a quarter century of work, too.

4. What is the best part of your job?

Knowing that what I do affects people – it moves them, cheers them up – and sometimes, as with our recent story of domestic abuse, it can shed a light on real-life issues.

5. What do you like to do when you’re not working on The Archers?

Music and dancing. I sing in a choir, play drums and various other instruments and am always up for a dance. Recently I’ve been learning swing dancing.

Don’t forget you can pick up your official copy of The Archers 2018 Calendar now with FREE UK Delivery (Worldwide Delivery also available)

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MEET THE TEAM – An Interview with….Deryl Thomas our National Sales Manager

As our way of helping you, our lovely readers, to get to know the Danilo Team a bit better, we have been posting fun interviews with one of our fab employees.

This time, we’ve selected the lovely Mr Deryl Thomas, who is our National Sales Manager to be put under the spotlight.

Danilo National Sales Manager Deryl Thomas pictured with Minions

Danilo National Sales Manager Deryl Thomas pictured with Minions

So we asked Deryl

1. What was your first job?

Worked for a printing company in East London as an account executive – preparing quotes and liaising with clients.

2. What is the best part of your job at Danilo?

The people I work with and the challenges of opening and getting the best out of the accounts I deal with. Plus when we get exciting new licenses to sell!

3. How do you relax?

There are many things I love to do to relax including walking the Dog, playing some sports such as golf or football, especially in the Summer, cooking and experimenting with new meals, reading, especially thrillers and watching movies with a nice glass of wine (or two)

 4. What is your most treasured possession?

My Dog

5. Which living person do you most admire?

Sam Allardyce, the West Ham Manager. He stood up to the critics and proved them wrong.

 6. Who would play you in the film of your life?

Tom Hanks

7. Who are your favourite business leaders?

Andy Street, the Managing Director of John Lewis. I really admire their business culture.

8.What do you consider your greatest achievements?

There are several things I’m proud to have achieved, including

  • 2-1 At Sheffield University
  • Headmasters prize at school
  • Captaining school rugby side
  • Managing youth team at football and taking them to top of league.
  1. What 3 words would a colleague or a friend use to describe you?

Humorous. Friendly. Easy going.

  1. What is the best advice you have ever received?

Treat others as you would expect to be treated yourself and Don’t let anyone grind you down!

MEET THE TEAM – An Interview with….Francesca Colli, our new Sales Office Administrator

As our way of helping you, our lovely readers, to get to know the Danilo Team a bit better, we regularly post a fun interview from one of our fab employees.

This time, as our way of extending a huge welcome to our latest addition, Ms Francesca Colli, who has just joined our team as the new Sales Office Administrator, we thought we’d put her under the spotlight!

So we asked Francesca…

 

1. What was your first job?

I was a sales advisor in a shoes shop. I love shoes, of course!

 

2. What is the best part of your job?

At this stage it’s too earlier to say, however, I know working alongside our Sales Office Manager is going to be a fun ride! And of course the fact that I’m working for Danilo.

 

3 How do you relax?

 It would probably be when I’m painting, drawing or sewing.

 

4. What is your most treasured possession?

My beautiful, amazing, clever, gorgeous daughter and all my family…. And my dog Spartacus .

 

5. Which living person do you most admire?

I consider myself very lucky to have a great role model in my life- so to that question I would no doubt answer-  my Mother.

 

6. Who would play you in the film of your life?

Ideally Ava Gardner …. Or the talented (Oscar winning) Sophia Loren.

 

7. Who are your favourite business leaders?

I don’t really have a favourite, but I admire anyone famous or not famous  that sets up a successful business (big or small) and is able to maintain it successfully.

 

8.What do you consider your greatest achievements?

Being a great Mother to my daughter. Doing the best that I can to guide her in life and  to set a good example. So far so good.

 

9. What 3 words would a colleague or a friend use to describe you?

I think it would probably be, loving, hardworking and good sense of humour.

 

10. What is the best advice you have ever received?

Can’t really think of any but usually the best advice comes from my family as they know me best. However, I’m open to any advice given to me from anyone.

 

Our New Sales Office Administrator

Our New Sales Office Administrator Francesca 🙂

 

 

MEET THE TEAM…An interview with…Lorraine Finch PA to MD and Customer Services Manager

As our way of helping you, our lovely readers, to get to know the Danilo Team a bit better, every month we will now be posting a fun interview from one of our fab employees.

This month, we are getting to know the fabulous Lorraine, who has been with Danilo since the very beginning 35 years ago!

She tells us how she came to work for Danilo: “My sister in law worked for Laurence’s brother and she told me Laurence was looking for someone,  our office was in Bath Street EC1 about 10 x 20 feet with one desk that we shared in the beginning I really knew I was there to stay when I got my own desk!!”

She continues: “I remember when we advertised the Elvis calendar in the press and various magazines, the Post Office van arrived with sack loads, I sat and opened every envelope and banked all the Cheques and postal orders then packed the envelopes along with Laurence  and  various members of my family.”

She says of MD Laurence “He has always been such a good person to work for, I don’t think I could have found a better boss. We had such fun in the early days and I still love working here now, its such a friendly company!”

And we asked Lorraine the following questions:

1. What was your first job?

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2. What is the best part of your job?

I don’t have a best part, i enjoy all of it.

3. How do you relax?

I don’t’ – I’m always busy

4. What is your most treasured possession?

My Son

5. Which living person do you most admire?

Laurence Prince (its true! )

6. Who would play you in the film of your life?

Charlize Theron (of course !!)

7. Who are your favourite business leaders?

Karen Brady  & Richard Branson

8. What do you consider your greatest achievements?

My Son & 39 years married (oh and all my years at Danilo)

9. What 3 words would a colleague or a friend use to describe you?

You would have to ask them

10. What is the best advice you have ever received?

Be nice to people on the way up, you might meet them on the way down

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Here is a picture of Lorraine (in middle) at our recent 35th Birthday party

MEET THE TEAM – An Interview with….Chris James Sales Director

As our way of helping you, our lovely readers, to get to know the Danilo Team a bit better, every month we will now be posting a fun interview from one of our fab employees.

This month, we are getting to know our lovely Sales Director Mr Chris James

So we asked Chris…

1. What was your first job?

Stockbrokers assistant

2. What is the best part of your job?

Building mutually rewarding relationships

3. How do you relax?

Swimming, good food & wine, gardening, getting my grandchildren very excited and then delivering them back to their parents…..pay back time!

4. What is your most treasured possession?

My wine cellar

5. Which living person do you most admire?

My wife Denise

6. Who would play you in the film of your life?

Johnny Depp….who else?

7. Who are your favourite business leaders?

Richard Branson & Willie Walsh ( British Airways )

8. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Convincing my wife to marry me

9. What 3 words would a colleague or a friend use to describe you?

Self Deprecating, honest & supportive

10. What is the best advice you have ever received?

Life is too short to drink bad wine

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Photo: Chris enjoying delights of Las Vegas

If you have any questions you would like us to ask in our next edition of Meet the Team then please let us know 🙂

An Interview with….MD Laurence Prince

As our way of helping you, our lovely readers, to get to know the Danilo Team a bit better, every month we will now be posting a fun interview from one of our fab employees.

This month, who better to start with then the man who set-up the company all those years ago, our MD Mr Laurence Prince…

So we asked Laurence…

1. What was your first job?

My first job was working as an Apprentice Compositor at Printing Company during the week, then I also worked in Markets on Saturday and Sunday

2. What is the best part of your job?

The satisfaction of producing a great product from beginning to end

3. How do you relax?

Walking with my Dog

4. What is your most treasured possession?

My Blackberry and I Phone

5. Which living person do you most admire?

Her Majesty the Queen

6. Who would play you in the film of your life?

Dustin Hoffman

7. Who are your favourite business leaders?

Theo Paphitis, Stelios Haji-Ioannou (Founder of Easyjet)  and Simon Fuller

8. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Starting my own company from scratch and seeing it grow to be the Market Leader it is today

9. What 3 words would a colleague or a friend use to describe you?

Honourable, Truthful and Approachable

10. What is the best advice you have ever received?

Always be Truthful.

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So we hope you enjoyed this month’s interview and getting to know Laurence a little more.

Please do let us know what questions you would like us to ask and we will endeavour to include them in next month’s edition, where we will be interviewing Sales Director Chris James.