Imagine joining a company at the beginning of March and then the coronavirus pandemic hits. That’s what happened to Nigel Green.
Nigel joined Elliotts Builders Merchant at the start of March. But just as he was getting ready to meet his customers in his new role as Sales Representative, coronavirus came along. Elliotts, along with many other builders’ merchants, closed the doors to their yards and branches.
Undeterred, Nigel stayed on and formed part of the Elliotts central team who continued working to supply materials to customers who were still working on essential and urgent projects.
Nigel proved himself to be a great team player. He was happy to get stuck in and spent 10 weeks with the Elliotts Southampton yard team helping to load and unload lorries.
“I was thrown straight into it and it was hard work”, said Nigel. “But it was great to be lending a hand and getting to know more about the products stocked at the branch.”
He then moved into branch to help the team process orders, and made quite the impression.
“A top-notch addition to Southampton” and “He’s settled into our mad little team perfectly” were just some of the comments from his new colleagues.
Now that trade is returning to ‘normal’, Nigel can finally start heading out to meet his customers. But what does he think about his new team?
“They’ve been fantastic and have helped me so much. Everyone at Elliotts has been so welcoming and helpful. It wasn’t the start to the job that I expected, but in lots of ways I’ve had the best possible start. I’ve learnt so much about the people, the company and the products!”