Want to find out about the business? What a perfect way to find out by asking the newbie. She goes by the name of Kat Smith.
Who Is This Person?
It was at Benton Park School in Rawdon where Kat discovered her love of photography and all things creative. Her progression to Leeds Art College schooled her in Graphic Design.
Since graduating with a degree in Graphic Design she has been working for Imart as well as on a wide portfolio of photography and graphic arts projects.
Kat Smith is a driven individual. She has a unique and energetic approach to work and life in general, which borrows much from her involvement with other expressive activities, most noticeably dance. Creativity leading to more creativity; that’s Kat in a nutshell.
So, what has Kat been up to in her first two weeks at ABS UK?
“The first day is always nerve wrecking as you’re not sure what to expect right?” This was the same for Kat but, as the day wore on, she quickly realised that this family run business was where she wanted to be.
Not knowing there was a whirlwind of developments about to happen at ABS, and she’d be swept up in it, the ABS team introduced her to the world of Print Management.
As part of the current three year plan Kat was brought on as a Digital Marketing Assistant. To be able to portray the business on the big world of the web she needed to know about it, and fast!
Her first two weeks have been filled with vital ‘you-need-to-know’ stuff; Customer Service, Tech’ Support, Remote Support, Account Management, Service Administration; all key elements to the ABS business. In her first week she also got to experience a sales-presentation working lunch at The Fleece Inn, Halifax which gave her another insight into this relaxed, customer-focused working environment the business specialises in.
The end of the week saw Kat face her first creative challenge by photographing and designing some artwork for a new project (you have to test them and see what they’re made of right?) Kat took it in her stride and got stuck right in producing multiple versions and exploring the business is and wants to be.
Great start to the second week with bank holiday Monday after which Kat dived in with more research on the “Top Secret” project soon to be launched with Samsung.
But there’s still plenty to learn and people to meet. Spending time with the IT division, Kat began to understand the products that help ABS manage the print & document systems for over 1000 clients across the North.
Spending most of her time with David, Marketing Director at ABS, Kat intends to learn more and play an integral part in the business as it evolves and grows.
Opinion? (Don’t Ask Her That!)
Kat said. “It wasn’t what I was expecting at all. This is my first office-based environment experience and I am loving it. There is a real relaxed atmosphere and my colleagues play pool on their lunch breaks…Work hard, pool harder”.
“They’re not just a normal company either; ABS really cares about the community and that shows in their commitment to their own charity arm, the ABS Foundation, which funds projects here in the UK as well as in the developing world”.
David, Marketing Director, added. “Kat has settled in brilliantly and it already feels like she has been part of the team for much longer. She is a quick learner and loves acquiring new knowledge and skills.”
He went on. “There are some exciting projects coming up at ABS and I’m sure she will play an invaluable part moving forward. Welcome to the world of Managed Print Kat.”