First month at The Lapa Company by Jemini Pattni
Jemini has recently joined The Lapa Company as a Marketing Assistant, and we asked her to write a blog post regarding her first month with us...
Deciding to change career is not easy. From being a full-time photographer to entering the marketing world was a big step! I have always been interested in marketing, but never thought I would pursue it as a career or find a company that would allow me to learn gradually. The Lapa Company have given me this opportunity. I admit I was a little scared not knowing anything about gazebos or the manufacturing industry itself, but I am slowly learning about the brands that the company sell. Scheduled overviews with each member of staff about their roles in the business in my first two weeks thoroughly helped me get an insight into how each employee affects the company.
The Lapa Company are affiliate members of BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries) and I was lucky enough to be a part of the meeting with them. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about how they promote and support professional landscapers and garden designers as well as seeing their amazing new laser cut brochure! So far, I have enjoyed working on social media platforms, learning how to change content on a website and attending Kent Vision Live, which really helped my outlook on marketing. At Kent Vision Life I was able to attend live marketing sessions, which had speakers from multiple companies all experienced in Marketing, they focused on social media, marketing strategy and how to use digital channels within your company which I found really useful.
I have much more to learn about the company and industry, and I am looking forward to future tasks and projects, but so far I have enjoyed every task that I’ve been faced with.
We are recruiting for an enthusiastic, friendly and professional sales person to join our team.
You will be required to make out-bound sales calls, build long-term relationships with prospects, manage existing relationships, and proactively follow up incoming enquiries from both B2B and B2C customers.
This role will also involve face to face meetings with customers and working closely with another sales person, along with the customer service and marketing teams.
We are loo...king for a confident person with a positive outlook and a proven track record in exceeding targets. You may be in an existing sales role or be in a pro-active telesales role and with the desire to move into a more customer facing sales role.
Basic salary + good and achievable OTE.
We are based in a rural location, own transport of some form is required, but the benefits of the surroundings outweight the lack of public transport :)
For further details or to submit your CV please email firstname.lastname@example.org
When you're a smaller company it's great to be able to communicate clearly who everyone is and put names to faces - we'd much rather customers who speak with us regularly and those who are just introducing themselves to us know who we are as people as much as they do what job role we are completing for them, so, here is our team...
Craig - Director
A busy dad of 2 and big Costa Coffee fan, Craig is actually the inventor of the Spa Gazebo and competed for Great Britain at the World Triathlete Championships in 2014&15!
Gemma – Office & Accounts Manager
Since 2010 Gemma has kept the company running smoothly, that’s when we can get her away from her horses, dogs, pigs, snowboarding and anything else outdoorsy she can do!
Maja - Customer Service
Maja joined us in 2015 with a love of sharing the outdoors with her family by camping, walking and enjoying a spot of lunch in a relaxing country pub!
Kristina – EU Sales Manager
Multi-lingual Kristina started in 2010 and supports all our EU dealers in whatever language they require! She travels the world whenever possible and is dedicated to her dog Tilly.
Alan – Warehouse
The inspiration for the ‘Love Alan’ project, and our warehouse packer since August 2013, Alan has caught the triathlon and cycling bug and joined the office lycra brigade!
Finola – EU Sales Support
Fan of baking and a good German comedy film, multi-lingual Finola supports Kristina with all our EU work and has been with us since 2013.
Simon E – Carpenter/Workshop Manager
Coming from a longline of carpenters and thatchers, Simon is passionate about the outdoors; fishing, walking, camping, boats and buildings – preferably followed by a nice dinner!
Joni - Marketing Manager
Joni joined in 2014 to add the life into our life outdoors philosophy. Keeping busy outside of work as a mum of 2, if it needs to be done it’ll be in one of her lists!
Tom - Carpenter
Team member Tom is a big fan of motorsports, making things and the gym, but his favourite activity is to spend time with his family.
Dan - Sales Person
Dan embodies all things sales and joined us in 2015! He loves watching his son play football and having the odd kick himself, along with enjoying anything food related!
Neil - Landscape Architect
Bringing a qualified landscaping division to the company, Neil is another outdoorsy team member! A keen cyclist Neil has been welcomed to the team in 2016.
Asa - Carpenters Assistant
Asa is a recent permanent addition but has been working with us since 2015, Asa is a keen motorcyclist after working hard this year to get his license!
'Other' Tom - Carpenters Assistant
'Other' Tom joined us in 2016 and works with our close-knit carpentry team and is completing an NVQ in Carpentry which we are delighted to support him in.
In addition to the office team, we also have a close-knit team who do a superb job completing our installations and assisting our carpentry team.
Hentie – Thatcher/Project Manager
If you can’t find Hentie on his bicycle he’ll be with his family enjoying the outdoors, he’s been our thatcher since 2006 and is responsible for the beautiful thatch work on our Lapas.
Nick – Carpentry/Installations
New Zealander Nick has assisted with many a build and installation of our garden buildings in 2016 bringing a great 'Bob the Builder' level of accessorising to the carpentry uniform!
Wayne - Landscaping Division
Landscaper Wayne works alongside Neil bringing together and developing our fantastic landscaping projects.
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