Meet The AJS Labels Team
Andrew Scrimgeour Managing Director
Here's a man who likes to think out of the box, in the box, on the box, around the box and any other receptacle come to think of it. With his passion for packaging, Andrew's boxing clever when it comes to turning AJS into a first class label supplier. But he's no Jack-in-the-Box and he prefers rugby to boxing.
Favourite label: Paramount ClubCinema mirror effect label
Jayne Scrimgeour Director
Jayne's early career as a primary school teacher means she's a dab hand at keeping everyone in order, particularly husband and co-director Andrew. An all-round good egg, Jayne focuses on staff welfare, Little Book and commercial aspects of the business, as well as her voluntary work with the homeless.
Favourite label: The Body Shop International’s Love Range
Phil Smith Operations Director
When it comes to labels there’s not much Phil doesn’t know and that’s because he’s been there, seen it and done it over a 12-year career with the company, in its various guises - account management, purchasing, planning, MIS control, commercial, technical and operations management. Go on, see if you can come up with a question he can’t answer...actually don’t bother.
Favourite label: The Body Shop’s Love range label – “Great looking and defies logic with 14 colours! But signifies what AJS is all about – exceeding customers’ expectations”.
Tim Gittings Sales Director
A lifelong Leicester City fan (but we won’t hold that against him), our Tim is responsible for all aspects of the sales function, as well as the technical and award-winning customer service teams. Did we mention he’s responsible for the award-winning customer service team? Don’t worry, he will.
Favourite label: Dulux 5 litre Bathroom Paint Label – “This overlabelling project is probably the best I’ve been involved with in my time at AJS. Every department was involved and performed magnificently to ensure delivery was made on time, in full, without a single issue.”
John Davies General Manager, AJS North
Quiet and unassuming at work but something of a social demon at weekends, John is highly regarded and respected by colleagues and customers alike. During the week he diligently attends to the commercial and production functions at our Preston site, as well as external sales for Littlehampton. At weekends though this sports-mad family man is well-known for enjoying his football and rugby, and a celebratory drink or three.
Favourite label: The award-winning Wilko Timbercare label
Martin Birch Production Manager
Sean Peat Purchasing & Logistics Manager
Aside from being AJS’ resident funny man with a key role in keeping the sales team entertained, Sean is actually employed to plan the daily schedules and purchase all the raw materials and consumables. He’s been with us for 13 years and says he still enjoys it.
Favourite label: Dinosaurs – “The tactile effect is great.”
Craig Howe Technical Executive
Craig may think his day-to-day role is to oversee all new jobs that come in, ensure the print process meets customers’ requirements and jobs are completed to their expectations, but he’s kidding himself if he thinks that’s it. Craig is AJS’ Every (and Everywhere) Man, with barely a single department not having to liaise with him at some point during the day. He’s also our very own IT-Mr-Fix-It.
Favourite label: Dulux Kitchen Paint Label – “For its great high quality image.”
Anna-Maria Walkowiak Marketing Executive
“Smile and say cheese” is Ania’s catchphrase. Rarely found without a camera to hand, Ania works across the AJS portfolio supporting sales with her marketing expertise, both off and online.
Favourite label: Body Shop’s White Musk Blush - “Great design, even though I don’t like pink, with detailed butterflies and waves, and applied to a beautifully scented product – it’s just a shame it’s not produced anymore.”
Dave Chuter Operations Co-ordinator
Print guru Dave has a mixed role that encompasses AJS’ Little Book operation for which he oversees production, estimating and print purchasing, as well as being Mr Health & Safety for the whole company.
Favourite label: Prefers Little Books – “Especially the TDL Marina and Terex ones as they do stand out as different.”
Paul Rhoder Quality Assurance Team Leader
If you want quality, Paul’s right up your street. This cheeky, cheerful chappy may not take life too seriously but switches into overdrive when it comes to making sure that every label we produce is to the highest possible standards.
Favourite label: Highland Piper Finest Scotch Whisky label
Liz Finn Account Manager
Owner of the best samples stash in the company, Liz looks after our toiletries and cosmetics customers, including the Body Shop and their fillers. She has no excuses for not scrubbing up well when she’s out and about meeting clients, which she loves to do.
Favourite label: Body Shop Midnight Bakula 250ml Body Wash – “I love the richness of the colours on this label and the combination of flexo, screen and spot varnish which give it a luxurious, exotic and almost velvet like appearance.”
Kelly Smith Account Manager
A warm-hearted person who can’t handle the cold, Kelly may not have made it quite as far as the boardroom yet but she’s come a long way since joining us as a packer. Kelly brings her wealth of experience (as well as jumpers, gloves and scarves) in virtually every area of AJS’ operation to her latest role.
Favourite label: Family Stars Label – “This two-ply label, because of the long hard thought process that went into making this label happen.”
Chris Green Account Manager
Having started out working for the Inland Revenue and the local council, Chris came to his senses and joined us. When he’s not attending to our customers’ every needs, he’s usually to be found kicking or hitting a ball on a sportsfield somewhere.
Favourite label: Bells Healthcare Peel and Read Label with Braille - “The first label we’ve produced with both peel and read and Braille, which was a real challenge for both myself and production.”
Chris Garrett Account Manager
Another avid football fan (we can’t escape them here), this time of his home team Brighton & Hove Albion, Chris is the wise old owl of our sales team having been in print for 44 years – less of the old, more of the owl mind.
Favourite label: Higher Nature Vinegar label – “A very attractive label, printed digitally and gold foil blocked.”
Jon Tucker Account Manager
Jon loves working for us so much he moved back to the area just to take up another job with AJS. Ok, that may not be entirely accurate, but he did return to the AJS fold after a period away and is now settled in what he says is “happiest role here”. He also lives, breathes, plays and coaches football.
Favourite label: Roggenkamp Organics Tomaten Wrap and Lid Labels – “Roggenkamp was the first customer I was given and these labels are from the first print run.”
Veronica Alderslade Accounts Assistant