Andy has the recipe for award success

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

A FOOD firm has named its Em­ployee of the Year af­ter nom­i­na­tions by his col­leagues.

Di­rect Food Ingredients awarded the crown to soft­ware de­vel­oper Andy Watt for his work on the com­pany’s IT struc­ture and launch­ing a be­spoke in­tranet sys­tem.

Bosses at the firm, which is based on Wa­ters Green, Mac­cles­fied, say Andy is al­ways on hand to help if a depart­ment has IT is­sues.

The valued team mem­ber was pre­sented with a tro­phy by man­ag­ing direc­tor, Steve Loake.

Andy said: “I was sur­prised to re­ceive the award given the high num­ber of tal­ented and ded­i­cated staff within the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“It has been an ex­cit­ing 12 months within IT and I’m pleased that my work has had a pos­i­tive im­pact.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to the next 12-18 months dur­ing which time we have plans to de­velop new sys­tems, which will fur­ther im­prove the great ser­vice we are able to of­fer to our cus­tomers.”

The com­pany be­gan the Em­ployee of the Year scheme last year as a way of com­mend­ing the work that its team does.

Em­ploy­ees nom­i­nate one an­other each month by listing rea­sons why the per­son de­serves the ti­tle.

In sec­ond place was Tom Mayer, who lives in Mac­cles­field, who has worked in qual­ity as­sur­ance and cus­tomer ser­vice, and third place went to Bryan Dickie, a sales ex­ec­u­tive spe­cial­is­ing in sports nu­tri­tion.

Steve Loake, man­ag­ing direc­tor, said: “Andy has been fan­tas­tic this past year and so it is no sur­prise that he won Em­ployee of the Year 2016.

“His de­vo­tion to the im­prove­ment of our IT sys­tem has been out­stand­ing and it has helped to make ev­ery­one’s job that bit eas­ier. Most im­por­tantly, our cus­tomers have re­ally ben­e­fit­ted from the up­grade and each mem­ber of the sales team can now process 20 or­ders per hour, as op­posed to just 21 per day through the old sys­tem. This en­sures that we are con­sis­tently de­liv­er­ing our renowned ‘rav­ing fans’ ser­vice.

Steve added: “On be­half of ev­ery­one within the com­pany, we’d like to con­grat­u­late Andy, and give a big well done to Tom and Bryan too.”

Di­rect Food Ingredients’ head of­fice is lo­cated on Wa­ters Green in the cen­tre of Mac­cles­field. The busi­ness is im­ports, stores and dis­trib­utes func­tional foods, nu­tri­tional and sports ingredients as well as vi­ta­min and min­eral pre­mixes.

Andy Watt with his Em­ployee of the Year award

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