Meet the Team – Victoria Wilkinson

Year Started Working at Bluestone:

2013

Current Position at Bluestone:

I am a Customer Relationship Executive.

What did you do before you worked at Bluestone?:

Before Bluestone I worked for one of the largest IT Distribution companies in the UK selling IT products to resellers.

How does Bluestone differ from other places you’ve worked?

Bluestone has a great team of people, everyone works really well together and helps wherever possible. We are all passionate about leasing and what we do, this is evident in the amount of Partners and Customers we work with on a daily basis. 

What’s your favourite thing to do in your downtime?:

I enjoy spending time with my husband Gareth, going to the gym and socialising with friends. 

What was your dream job as a kid?:

I had quite a few “dream jobs” when I was younger but I think the main one was being a famous actress! Unfortunately, my grandparents did not approve of the idea so it remained just a dream… 

What’s the best part of your job?

My favourite part of this job is seeing the end result. It is one thing discussing a project with a customer over the phone or in person, getting the funds in place etc but the best part is when everything is complete and seeing the new office you helped them achieve or new store they have opened. It makes me feel a great sense of achievement and seeing my customer really happy with the work we did together is the reason I do this job. 

What’s the most difficult part of your job?

For me the most difficult part of my job is when we can’t help. Thankfully it doesn’t happen often as we have the largest panel of funders to work with in the UK and an acceptance rate of 90%+ but when there is an occasion where we cannot get approved funding in place it is difficult as I feel I have let the customer down.

Meet The Team-Amanda Hoyle

This month we invite you to meet another invaluable member of the Bluestone team, Human Resources Manager and Personal Assistant, Amanda Hoyle.

Year started working at Bluestone: I started working at Wyse Leasing (the precursor to Bluestone) in 2002.

Current position at Bluestone: My role has evolved over the 13 years from Personal Assistant for the previous Managing Director to keeping my previous role and adding on work in, human resources, recruitment and office facilities management.

What did you do before you worked at Bluestone?: I had various roles including Hotel Management, Cabin Crew for BA, Customer Services, and Personal Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer for a Company based in London.

How did you start working at Bluestone?: My previous boss relocated to the USA, so I decided to return to my roots and find a permanent position in Yorkshire, through a recruitment agency.IMG_1492 (2)

How does Bluestone differ from other places you’ve worked?: When I first joined the company it employed 10 people and was a very friendly place to work with everyone supporting each other. Over the years the company has grown, and currently employees 31 people, however the ethos has remained the same and an important element of the recruitment process is to ensure all new employees compliment this ethos.

What’s your favourite thing to do in your downtime?: Spending time with my partner John and family, socialising with friends, going to the theatre and travelling.

What was your dream job as a kid?: I had three ambitions as a kid, hotel management, cabin crew,  and a florist. I achieved the first two, but I’ve yet to achieve the last, perhaps retirement will fulfil that ambition.

What’s the best part of your job?: I love working at Bluestone and I love my job. I enjoy seeing the company growing from strength to strength and knowing I am part of a successful team.

What’s the most difficult part of your job?: Juggling my roles, I am fortunate enough to work four days a week, however my work load fluctuates dramatically and therefore time management is crucial.

Meet The Team-Nicola Hallam

We’re continuing our feature on long-service employees so you can learn more about the people who make Bluestone Leasing a success.

Today’s profile is of our Sales Office Manager Nicola Hallam who has been with Bluestone Leasing since the very beginning.

Year Started Working at Bluestone: I started working at Wyse Leasing (the precursor to Bluestone) in 1997. I joined on a full-time, but temporary contract as Office Junior, carrying out tasks such as filing, photocopying, answering telephones, etc.  At that time there were only four employees including myself and we worked in an office which was really only suitable for two people! Health and Safety didn’t exist all those years ago!IMG_1465

Current Position at Bluestone: Sales Office Manager since June 2012.

What did you do before you worked at Bluestone?: Prior to joining in 1997, I attended college for two years, completing my A-Levels. My A-Levels were Spanish, Psychology and Communications Studies, which could explain quite a lot to my colleagues, I imagine!

How does Bluestone differ from other places you’ve worked?: Officially I have worked for the same business since leaving college, but I would say that it has felt like working for three different companies over the years.  Bluestone is owned by different people than the owners of Wyse Leasing, so the dynamics, ethos and culture feel very different.  I have also moved between several roles and seen many people come and go so my career with the business has been varied.  The great thing about Bluestone is the fact that they appreciate their employees and recognise opportunities within the business for you to grow as an individual and further your career with them.

What’s your favourite thing to do in your downtime?: I have a little boy who has just turned 1 year old, so most if not all of my spare time is spent with him and the rest of my family. I imagine that won’t change for a few years and I’m more than happy with that.

What was your dream job as a kid?: When I was a young child, I wanted to be a librarian and used to pretend by stamping my books!  In my teenage years I wanted to be an Architect, but when I realised you needed to know all about plumbing and drains etc. and it wasn’t just as simple as designing the outline of a house, it quickly lost its appeal!

What’s the best part of your job?: That’s a hard question.  In previous roles I have either worked alone or as part of a small team so the first thing that comes to mind is that I get to work with almost everyone is the company now, so it keeps my day really varied.

What’s the most difficult part of your job?: Filling in questionnaires like this!

Meet The Team-Mark Johnston

At Bluestone Leasing we believe that our employees are our biggest asset. Over the next few months we will be featuring long-service employees on our blog so you can get to know more about the people who make Bluestone a success.

Our first profile is our Business Relationship Manager Mark Johnston, who is celebrating his five year work anniversary with Bluestone this month.

Year started working at Bluestone: 2010

What is your current position at Bluestone?: Business Relationship Manager

What did you do before you worked at Bluestone?: I have worked in the leasing and finance sector since 1994 and worked for two large banks and another finance brokerage.

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Congratulations Mark! Cheers to five years!

How did you start working at Bluestone Leasing?: The asset finance market changed a lot during the early years of the recession, and an opportunity came up to work for Bluestone, a business that was growing strongly and, unlike many other intermediaries, not a lifestyle business.

How does Bluestone differ from other places you’ve worked?: It’s like a family here – everyone consciously wants to do well and play their part and I think this comes across to our partners and customers who often praise us for “going the extra-mile”.

What’s the best part of your job?: Securing new partners and helping customers make key investments. This is even more satisfying when they explain how easy we make it when compared to others in the market.

What is the most difficult part of your job?: The opportunities that get away. It’s the story of life – you might write 100 new deals, but you always remember the one you worked on that slipped away at the last hurdle.

If you’re interesting in financing a reprographics solution contact Mark at mark.johnston@bluestoneleasing.com or call him on 01924 248 809