JOHN PAINTER

How long have you been with Gaze Burvill?

I started in March 2013, so coming up on my sixth year soon.

What is your role at Gaze Burvill?

Logistics and general office admin, so keeping the deliveries moving and generally making sure the day-to-day is taken care of in the main office.

What is the best thing about working at Gaze Burvill?

Definitely the people; it’s a great team to be part of.  Second place is probably the biscuits that frequently appear in the kitchen area out of nowhere.

What would you say is the hardest thing about your job?

It’d be the 5-dimensional Tetris that comes into play during our busiest periods; balancing driver and vehicle availability, customer preference, stock levels and route timings so that nobody is disappointed when it comes to furniture going out the door.

What is your most memorable moment since joining?

The move to the current workshop was such a huge upgrade from the previous one, going from what was very clearly a repurposed barn that had been added to and modified ad-hoc over the years to a purpose-built pair of modern buildings.

What makes you proud to work here?

I’d say it’s when we get good feedback from a customer, knowing that we’ve gotten everything right from the quality of the furniture to the communication, to the delivery service.

What is your favourite piece of furniture?

I’m quite partial to my bed; at least it gets the most use from me daily!  If we’re talking Gaze Burvill furniture though (as I suspect we might be) I think it’s the Splash Sofa.

What are your inheritance tracks?

Most likely it’d be Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd, but there’s a strong argument that Beastie by Jethro Tull is a close second.

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