Monthly Archives: July 2013

30 Seconds With…

Here’s another chance to get to know someone from Bates, and this time it’s me, Sian, the fingertips behind the blog, facebook and twitter:


What do you do at Bates? As mentioned above I look after this blog, and the Facebook and Twitter pages and will shortly be responsible for the website.

How long have you worked here? Only about 3 months but I’ve grown up with Bates as it is run by family members.

What’s the best thing about working here? I can do my job from anywhere, and at the moment that’s from my balcony in Fethiye, Turkey, where I now live.

And the worst? My bosses know my childhood nickname and aren’t afraid to use it!

What’s your favourite piece of stationery? I’ve always been partial to a nice notebook.

What do you want to be when you grow up? My cousin, Jacki (that should get me a payrise!)

What is your guilty pleasure? Young Turkish waiters 😉

Working Together? Living Together?

There are a few couples within Bates, like there are in many companies, so I thought I’d find out what it’s like to see the same face at work as you do at home…

photoSo, Rachel, both you and your husband, Andy, work at Bates – what jobs do you do? Andy works in the warehouse as a Manager and I work as Head of Procurement.

Did you meet Andy at work or elsewhere? Andy and I have known each other since primary school. When I went for the interview at Bates I didn’t actually know Andy worked there until after my interview was booked. Andy and I were very good friends before we actually went on a first date. I wasn’t sure things would work out as Andy wasn’t my usual type and was too nice!

And how long have you been married? 8 years now.

Did Bates get you a decent wedding present? Bates as always were very generous and supplied all our wedding invites. Jacki Joseph and her parents paid for my wedding cake. And various staff members gave us B&Q vouchers as we had recently purchased our first home together. Michael Edmonds even helped set up the Cricket Club on the morning of my wedding!!

What’s the best thing about working with your other half? Not having to pay for my guest at the Xmas party lol.

And the worst? We talk a lot about work at home.

Does your pillow talk centre around discussions about the latest innovations in stationery? As much as stationery excites both myself and Andy we try to leave that side of our life outside the bedroom.

Do you ever run out of sellotape at home? No not yet as I am very organised with stock in our household.

And finally, is there any advice you can give to other couples who work together? My advice would be communicate, have respect for yourself and each other, laugh with each other not at each other, don’t go to bed angry or hurt. Remember work is work it is not personal.


30 Seconds With…

Now’s your chance to get to know another staff member a little better, this time the lovely Julie from our Crewe office:

Julie HumphreysWhat do you do at Bates? Organise Print and ‘try’ to organise everyone else

How long have you worked here? 29 Years (give the girl a medal!)

What’s the best thing about working here? It’s not far from the pub at 5 o’clock

And the worst? It’s still too far!!

What’s your favourite piece of stationery? My husband Kevin – well he doesn’t move much

What do you want to be when you grow up? Thinner

What is your guilty pleasure? Reading – I can go from cover to cover in one sitting

A Close Call…

So…it was a great day, the sun was beating down, the drink was flowing, and here in a nutshell is what happened on the fateful day Bates decided to take on the youngsters…

Bates needed 11 runs to win on the last over but didn’t quite make it but it was actually a close game.

Batting stars were Dave Taylor who retired on 30 runs, as did Daniel Edmonds. Other Bates boys who batted well were Ed Taylor, Frank Gogerty and Owen Moore.

Owen dropped three easy catches (groan).

Frank dropped one!

Adam tried to impersonate Kevin Pieterson’s batting technique after 7 pints and fell over on the wicket.

Joe bowled Frank out.

Lordswood had a ’ringer’ in the form of Kevin Masters (ex professional cricketer) who whacked a few sixes around and got some wickets.

Nigel got a GOLDEN DUCK but bowled well.

Michael also bowled well and umpired the second innings.

Alan Millar was a great wicket keeper and has lots of bruises to prove it.

Mark Garside decided to impersonate a roller and rolled over and over on the wicket to flatten it (he is quite large).

Spencer stood around looking pretty.

Ross was official photographer.


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goldduckAnd I will leave the final comment to Nigel, who said: “I did not sleep on Sunday night at the thought of letting the team down with that GOLDEN DUCK (it was the best ball of the game). I do thank everyone for not going on about it (NOT). Anyway thanks for the day all and I will be in winter training ready for next year’s match….if asked.”

At A Loose End On Sunday?

Then why not come along to the Bates Office cricket match?

Time: 1.30pm

Venue: Lordswood Sports & Social Club, North Dane way, Lordswood, Chatham, Kent, ME5 8YE

A Bates team are playing a young Lordswood side consisting of mainly under 15’s. In fact, the average age of the Lordswood side is 13, the average age of the Bates side is 40. Breathing apparatus will be provided for the Bates team!

The Bates team consist of: Michael Edmonds (captain), Spencer Osborne, Daniel Edmonds, Ross Evans, Frank Gogerty, Nigel Bateson, Mark Garside, John Folkhard, Adam Martin, Alan Millar  (wicket keeper) and David Taylor

Many of the Bates players have not played cricket for years and are slightly nervous. Although when asked how they felt about the match, a level of confidence shone through:

“My team are born winners and whatever happens on the day, they will always be my heroes.” – Michael

“Form is temporary, class is permanent.” – Ross

“I’m the Kevin Pietersen type player for Bates Office i.e. the star player that isn’t liked that much by my team mates who is just turning up to improve my batting & bowling averages.” – Adam

“Firstly I am delighted to have been asked to take part in what I think will be a great day – having the mentality to be a winner + I hate losing at anything I take part in, I will be the most competitive 18 stone 45 year old on the field. After having been first at the bar to fill up on the special fuel of courage I will take to the field to teach these young boys how to play cricket, it should be push over as I only finished playing in 1984 – surely you don’t forget how to play do you!!” – Mark

Stayed tuned to the Bates Office blog to see how they got on.


30 Seconds With…

Here’s a chance to get to know another member of Bates a bit better, the lovely Dawn:


What do you do at Bates? Customer services

How long have you worked here? 11 years!!!!

What’s the best thing about working here? I should say the people & the company but it’s that I get to bring Floyd (my dog) to work with me.

And the worst? Not being able to throw a sickie (living with the boss)

What’s your favourite piece of stationery? My thimblette (I know sad to admit I have a favourite piece of stationery but I use it every day)

What do you want to be when you grow up? I don’t want to grow up.

What is your guilty pleasure? That would be telling! Holidays, theatre & concerts eating out (gets me out of cooking!)