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The faces behind Strongdor – A spotlight on Amy

Strongdor employee Amy Burrow

Strongdor is dedicated to shining the light on their hard-working team who help keep the company known for impeccable customer service. In this article, we hear Amy's insights into what it’s really like working for Strongdor.

 

What is your role at Strongdor? 

“My role at Strongdor is HR Manager and Executive Assistant. I have worked in HR for 17 years working in Tourism, Hospitality and Employment Law sectors. Working in Manufacturing has similarities as one could argue that HR is HR wherever you work, but what I am finding is the best thing about working in manufacturing and specifically working for Strongdor is the culture that is interwoven across every aspect of the business.

It is great to be a part of our Internal Events team pulling together our staff events such as the renowned Strongdor Steak Day and other times when the company comes together to celebrate its amazing achievements. Nowhere before in my experience has genuinely cared for their employees in the way that Strongdor does. In my past experience, this has very much been rhetoric however Strongdor lives and breathes the values that they are an honest, kind and listening family.”

 

What do you love about working for Strongdor? 

“The people, sorry if that is cliché working in HR as I obviously love working with people, however, the culture at Strongdor is second to none and I have worked in a variety of different environments. I have lost count of the number of times someone has said to me “Thank you – I appreciate it.” That immediate personal “thank you” that you get here at Strongdor versus a pre-planned after-the-event thank you is worth more than anything to me.”

 

How long have you worked at Strongdor?

“I have worked at Strongdor since January this year, although I feel like I have been here forever – in a good way of course!”

  

What's something most people don't know about you? 

“I was a special police constable for 12 months when I was 18! When I was at school my ambition was to become a police officer - specifically in forensics, mounted, or dog handling fields. However, when I was 18 and working full time, to gain experience I volunteered as a Special Police Constable voluntarily working evenings and weekends.

 I enjoyed the experience until one night at around 2/3 am in the morning, I was sent up an alley at age 18, 5ft 2, looking for a burglar and to say I was terrified was an understatement. After this experience, I felt that this role probably wasn’t for me and had to rethink my career path!”

 

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

“I would like to learn to chill! I have always been renowned for not being one to sit still. I even struggle to stay still whilst I am asleep! I constantly wonder how people manage to sit through a whole series of the latest box set, stay in bed until lunchtime, and then sit and chill for the rest of the day. I still wake up at 6 am even at weekends, in fact only the other day my neighbour asked me whilst I was out walking the dog whether I ever stop walking! Life for me is worth living but just maybe once a year it might be nice to stay in and not do “anything” if only for 1 day.”

 

What's your favourite motto/quote? 

“This is such a funny question for me because I am well renowned for getting quotes muddled up and putting two quotes together that make people laugh e.g. “Don’t put the bull before the cart” or “it’s pointless putting the handbrake on after the horse has bolted”.

However, all jokes aside one of my favourite quotes is “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” Marcus Aurelius. I like this quote because it recognises that mental health requires your attention and by having good mental health you will find the strength you need to tackle the events that life will inevitably throw at you.”

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