Employee Spotlight: Rachel Batchelor

Employee Spotlight: Rachel Batchelor

It’s that time again when we introduce you to another staff member in our employee spotlight feature. This time we sat down with Rachel, our Projects Department Manager and discussed all things Able Canopies and her take on dealing with stress.

“I have been part of the Able team for 16 years; I began working here after leaving college when I was 18 years old, and I still love it. I joined the team as an office junior and have worked my way up through the company, growing myself as the company has grown. I initially worked in the Sales and Pricing departments, then moved into the Projects department as an assistant, and in 2018, I was promoted to Projects Department Manager. My most recent achievement is successfully completing an IOSH Course which I am very proud of.

If you’ve worked with Able Canopies on a project before, you would have worked with me, maybe without knowing it. As the Project Department Manager, I oversee all our canopy and shelter orders and help to ensure everything is ordered correctly, on time and that the jobs run smoothly. I also manage the on-site installation teams, making sure they have the information they need to install our products and I help to resolve any on site issues should they arise.

When it comes to motivating myself, I start each day as a new day, if there was stress or any problems the day before, you have to move on and keep positive. Also, I love lists! I make a lot of lists for what I need to do each day to ensure my work is prioritised on a daily basis. We are a great team here at Able, a family, and my colleagues definitely help motivate me in my job and I’d like to think I help motivate them too. Outside of work, I find that my husband, friends, and family motivate me. Seeing other people’s successes helps me to know I can do anything I put my mind to.

My favourite part of my job has to be seeing the end result of all our projects, I love it. When I spend a lot of time putting a job together, seeing the end result and how fantastic the project looks, gives me a lot of pleasure and pride.

There’s two particular projects I’m working on at the moment that I’m excited about and can’t wait to see the end result. One is a Coniston Wall Mounted Canopy that wraps around four walls with four valley sections and I can’t wait to see what it looks like once installed. The Coniston is so versatile, and I think it’s going to look amazing. The second is a large span Tarnhow timber canopy with side fills on all four sides and some doors – I love a Tarnhow, it is probably my favourite product that we offer. I think it will look fantastic once installed and I can’t wait to see it.

To finish on a fun note, my hidden secret talent is that I can wiggle my ears and my nose, and something that most people don’t know about it is that I got married last month and it was the most amazing day of my life!”

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Able Canopies Ltd. design, manufacture and install commercial grade canopies, shade sails, awnings and shelters across the UK. We specialise in servicing the education, leisure, healthcare and retail sectors and have extensive experience working with schools, councils, architects and contracting firms.
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