Steven Guy – Plant Area Senior Sales Assistant – Squire’s Twickenham

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I have worked for Squires for 20 years, initially as a Houseplant Supervisor then for the last 7 years in the plant area where I have the responsibility for looking after many of my favourite kinds of plants in particular hardy perennials, ferns, alpines and roses.

The seasonality of many of the plants as well as their sheer variety makes for interesting work.

More recently, I have been involved with running the gardening workshop days which allows me to pass on my plant knowledge to customers and teach them on a number of topics which I always enjoy.

I also carry out talks and demonstrations for local groups on behalf of Squires which I find rewarding.

Sandy Cooley-Brown – Plant Area Assistant Manager – Squire’s Long Ditton

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Having decided on a career change after 27 years in banking I began studying for my RHS Certificate Level 2 in Horticulture whilst still working full time. After qualifying I was delighted to be able to resign and join Squires as a Tree and Shrub Assistant at our West Horsley centre in 2008.

After 6 months of working at Squires, I moved to the Woking centre in a dual role of Assistant Manager and Plant Area Department Head. I then worked at the Long Ditton and the Badshot Lea centre.

I am now the Plant Area Department Head at our Cobham centre which Squires acquired in 2011.

Not only do I love working outside with plants but also love dealing with people and promoting high levels of customer service to ensure that customers leave with all the correct knowledge and plants that they require.

The winning combination of people and plants has helped me achieve a high level of job satisfaction in an environment in which you never stop learning!