Andy lawton - Transport Controller

How long have you worked at Global Brands?

I started working with Global Beer Company (as it was then) in 1991, had a break from the drinks industry to pursue other business opportunities and returned in 2019.

Describe Global Brands’ work environment in 5 words

Interesting, evolving, challenging (at times), transparent and supportive.

What makes you proud to work for Global Brands?

Having known Steve Perez & Mark James for over 30 years it’s incredible to see what they have achieved from the humble beginnings of a lockup unit to a nationwide distribution operation with Global sales and to be a part of that ongoing success.

What’s your biggest accomplishment at Global Brands?

Implementing quality processes and ensuring we run a smooth, efficient distribution operation. At Clay Cross Distribution we’re the final link in the chain, my drivers are the last person the customer sees at the point of delivery, they are more often than not the face and ambassadors of Global Brands.

What’s the best project you’ve worked on, and why?

Assisting in the development of Clay Cross Warehouse-Distribution centre. Across the whole of Global Brands, I think Clay Cross site has seen the biggest transformation in how it operates in the last 2-3 years, it’s grown now to double what it was in 2018 not only in the premises footprint but personnel and vehicle movements in and out of the site.

What’s your favourite product by Global Brands? And why?

Franklin & Sons Dandelion & Burdock.

So, just out of curiosity, what is your favourite packet of crisps?

Worcester Sauce, family pack to myself.

If you had one piece of advice to someone wanting a career in the drinks industry what would it be?

Not sure about advice for the drinks industry, at Clay Cross we specialise in warehousing and distribution so the product doesn’t really make a difference to us, to work at Clay Cross you need to be, flexible, calm under pressure, enthusiastic with an abundance of pride in the product we send out to our customers.