Hiring: Warehouse Apprentice

Hiring: Warehouse Apprentice

With an illustrious history dating back to 1868, Stephensons have been supplying the catering and hospitality industry for almost 150 years.

Stephensons are renowned for their innovative, exciting products and are often first to market with the latest trends from leading suppliers such as Churchill, Dudson, Steelite, Villeroy & Boch, Duni and Artis.

Alongside tableware, Stephensons also supply back of house and capital equipment. The company invested in a demonstration kitchen in 2016 to replicate a commercial environment. With limited seating and an informal, friendly atmosphere, Stephensons host demonstrations from RATIONAL, Robot Coupe and other distinguished manufacturers.


Start Date

Immediate

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Working Hours

Monday & Tuesday: 10:00am – 6:30pm
Wednesday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
1 in 6 Saturdays: 9:30am – 3:00pm

Hours may vary according to business needs

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Salary

Details upon application.

We pay above minimum apprentice rates.


YOUR ROLE
Warehouse Picking
  • Accurately pick a variety of products
  • Cross reference item code and supplier code to ensure correct product is picked
  • Leave picked goods on the correct loading bay neatly
  • Pick as quickly and accurately as possible
  • Highlight any short items to Goods In Supervisor
  • Highlight any coding or quality issues to Goods In Supervisor
Packing Goods
  • Pack products to ensure that items are protected and not damaged in transit
  • Ensure suitable boxes are used
  • Confirm items are ready for dispatch using computer system
  • Shred waste paper products and recycle as packaging material
  • Prepare packaging materials for busy periods
Other Duties
  • Assist in keeping the warehouse clean and tidy
  • Empty bins using plastic and cardboard compactor machines
  • Fill up empty picking bin locations when required
Benefits
  • Uniform provided
  • Staff discount in cash and carry
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Opportunities for progression
  • Supportive working environment

Up to the job? We are accepting applicants of all skill levels.

Send your CV to our HR Manager: clairh@stephensons.com

Serve Your Coffee With a Conscience

Serve Your Coffee With a Conscience

Coffee is officially the most popular drink on the planet. With over two billion cups consumed worldwide every single day, and an estimated 55 million drank daily in the UK alone, it’s official – we love coffee. And what’s not to love about a piping hot, flavourful caffeine kick? For many of us the day doesn’t start, or at least we don’t function, till we’ve been snapped into consciousness by a good old warming coffee. 

This love affair with coffee has resulted in a café-culture boom. Every single high street now seems to be pandering to our coffee addiction with new cafes and stores seemingly popping up everywhere. In fact, the UK coffee shop market is currently enjoying its biggest period of growth since 2008. And this widespread popularity is evident – just look at the tube, public transport or any city street during the hours of 7am – 10am and you’ll be drowned in a sea of coffee cups. Again at lunch, swarms will wander to the nearest caffeine-touting counter, grab a cup of coffee and leave. For many it’s a daily routine. Unfortunately, it’s a harmful one. These cups have to go somewhere, and that somewhere happens to often be a landfill.

Figures from a 2015 study by Cardiff University claim that 2.5 billion disposable cups a year are discarded. Of that massive number, it is estimated that only one in 400 is actually recycled, the rest are destined for our already brimming landfills. Some bigger companies such as Starbucks and Costa have made some efforts to reduce the effect on the environment by offering to recycle their customer’s cups, unfortunately due to a polyethylene coating, these cups are very difficult to recycle.

Fortunately, there is a solution. A solution that has all the benefits of a regular disposable coffee cup, yet is entirely environmentally friendly. This sustainable solution is the Vegware cup.

This award-winning cup is made from two layers of sustainably sourced board and instead of nasty plastic, they are insulated by plant based PLA. Here is a 100% recyclable and 100% compostable cup that doesn’t pail in comparison to a disposable. In a world where eco-consciousness is rapidly becoming one of the most important aspects for consumers, one simple change to compostable cups can do a world of good for your business and, more importantly, the environment. Click the link below to see our range of compostable cups AND entirely compostable lids, to help you save the environment one cup at a time.


You’ve Been Drinking Gin & Tonic Wrong!

You’ve Been Drinking Gin & Tonic Wrong!

Gin is most certainly ‘in’. From the gin festivals sprouting up all over the country to the 16% increase in sales last year that smashed the £1billion figure for the first time in UK history. It’s clear as day to see. Not since the Gin Craze in the 18th century has Britain been so infatuated with Madam Geneva.

Despite the increase in sales, there hasn’t been an equal increase in the accurate way to consume the delightful, juniper-based spirit. More often than not, if you order a good ol’ G&T in a bar, you’ll be served your request in a tall Tom Collins style glass. This though, is a sore mistake to make. With a long tall glass, you’re stifling the gin. You’re oppressing the gin. You’re not giving the gin room to breathe!

Literally though… to ensure you get the most out of this stylish spirit, a different glass has to be used. The solution – A glass with a balloon shaped bowl. Also known as the ‘Copa De Balon’, this bulbous-type glass dates back to 16th century Spain and was quite popular in speakeasies during prohibition America. It also happens to be one of gin’s best friends, after tonic perhaps.

The reason it works so well for gin is all down to the bowl, or balloon contour. The bulbous shape works to enhance and spread the botanicals, which makes for a wonderful aroma. The larger capacity also means that ice will melt much slower which eliminates the issues of quick dilution and taste weakening. The greater volume also allows for more fruit and garnishes which really help enrich the gin drinking experience.

Here at Stephensons, we’ve handpicked a selection of suitable vessels that incorporate the balloon-esque shape. The glasses listed below should help you on your way to getting the most out of your gin!


Gin-credible! - 2016 Gin Statistics

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Party Stemmed Gin Glass

This party gin glass from Arcoroc features the bulbous, balloon shaped bowl that will permit you to enjoy a gin in the best manner possible. The wide aperture allows for easy filling and a robust stem means this glass is more than capable of withstanding the rigours of a busy commercial environment.
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Speakeasy Gin Glass

Boasting an air of elegance, twinned with premium quality, this Speakeasy style glass will enhance the drinking experience for your guests and is ideal for the growing trend for gin and flavoured spirits.
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Enoteca Gin Glass

The Enoteca Gin Glass offers a simple silhouette but is packed with features to enhance the gin & tonic drinking experience. The large bowl of this glass has enough room for large ice cubes and garnishing, the stem prevents hot hands touching the glass and warming the drink up whilst the tapered edge prevents the aromas of the beverage escaping too quickly.
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Juniper Stemmed Gin Glass

With a full rounded open bowl, these Juniper Stemmed Gin Glasses have an elegant yet bold tabletop presence. This large bowl is ideal for holding ice, garnishes and the other ingredients that make your signature gin so special.
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Waste Not, Want Not – Real Junk Food Manchester Opens Its Doors

Waste Not, Want Not – Real Junk Food Manchester Opens Its Doors

It is estimated that around 15 million tonnes of perfectly edible food is thrown away each year in the UK alone. When so many people across the country are going hungry, this really is quite a difficult fact to comprehend. In the heart of Manchester, an establishment is looking to make a difference…

The Real Junk Food Project is a not-for-profit model that intercepts and uses food that would otherwise be thrown away. Founded in Leeds, the project has gone on to host successful pop-ups across the country. With a focus on providing nutritious meals to those who might not be able to afford it, their eateries operate with a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ policy.

The Manchester branch has been running since 2014 and has now found a home at 85 Oxford Street with the unique eatery opening its doors to anyone and everyone through a soft launch taking place from Tuesday 5th September. With an admirable ethos, it is no surprise that volunteer electricians, plumbers and artists were quick to answer the call and get the 40-cover restaurant space looking spick and span for its opening. Sticking to the sustainable spirit, much of the restaurant’s furniture has also been upcycled.

As a beautifully hand-illustrated mural on the wall espouses, the project wants to ‘feed bellies, not bins’. Commenting on this very real problem of discarded (yet usable) produce in the UK, director Corin Bell sets out a mission statement – “While there is food being wasted, we’ll do our best to use it”.

Five days a week, Real Junk Food Manchester will provide a constantly changing breakfast and lunch menu with meals entirely composed of ingredients that were set to be wasted. Experienced chefs will transform the food that was destined for dumping into healthy, hearty recipes for all to enjoy. Ethical coffee, provided by local firm Second City, is also available on the street level seating area.

Here at Stephenson’s, we are happy to be supplying such a great cause and implore you to go down and take a look. Opening times will be 12-3pm, Tuesday – Friday for the first week (5-8th Sep), with extended operating hours due to follow shortly. Real Junk Food Manchester is open to the public, with those attending merely asked to pay what they can afford. For more information on this terrific project, please visit www.realjunkfoodmanchester.co.uk.

Stephenson’s Cyclepaths: Tour de Blackpool 2017

Fundraising for Hospitality Action

UPDATE: After a successful (and very tiring) day, all that is left is to say yet another massive thank you to all of our sponsors, everyone that donated and everyone that made the event possible!

We are happy to announce that, at the last count, we have received just over £1800 in sponsorship. If you’d like to donate more to the worthy people over at Hospitality Action, the link to our JustGiving page can be found just above the gallery above.

Thanks again!

 

– The Stephensons Team

Making their first (and probably final) appearance, the Stephensons Cyclepaths will take to the open road on Sunday, 9th July 2017.

 

Covering a massive 60 miles from Manchester, through Lancashire and onto the Blackpool Promenade, the team of 22 not so finely tuned athletes will be raising money for our chosen charity, Hospitality Action.

Hospitality Action offer vital assistance to all who work or have worked within the UK hospitality industry and find themselves in crisis. Find out more about our chosen charity here: http://www.hospitalityaction.org.uk

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Donations are sent directly to the charity to save time and reduce costs. All donations will be greatly appreciated, thank you for your generosity.

Stephensons will match any sum raised up to the value of £1,000.

 

From all the staff at Stephensons, “Good Luck, no moaning & we will meet you at the end for a well deserved pint!”.

Fundraising for Hospitality Action

Meet the Cyclepaths

Henry Stephenson

Henry Stephenson

Managing Director

Aaron Letch

Aaron Letch

Cash & Carry Sales Manager

Beth Walker

Beth Walker

Warehouse Team

Nick Guest

Nick Guest

Warehouse Team

Mark Lees

Mark Lees

Warehouse Team

Alex Lewis-Booth

Alex Lewis-Booth

Warehouse Team

Julian Lewis-Booth

Julian Lewis-Booth

Commercial Director

Chris North

Chris North

Cash & Carry Assistant Manager

Euan Stirling

Euan Stirling

Territory Manager

Stuart Linsey

Stuart Linsey

Purchasing Manager

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson

Operations Manager

Matthew Coulthard

Matthew Coulthard

Customer Service Advisor

Connor Hambleton

Connor Hambleton

Warehouse Supervisor

Adam Miller

Adam Miller

Customer Service Advisor

Sophie Cottam

Sophie Cottam

Returns Co-Ordinator

Gary Bellamy

Gary Bellamy

Customer Services Manager

Philip Thwaites

Philip Thwaites

Warehouse Team

Craig Mason

Craig Mason

Graphic Designer

Jack Clayton

Jack Clayton

Warehouse Team

Michael Pearson

Michael Pearson

Buyer

Kevin Shervin

Kevin Shervin

Warehouse Team

Simon Weston

Simon Weston

Warehouse Team

Fundraising for Hospitality Action

Stephenson’s Cyclepaths: Tour de Blackpool 2017

Click to visit our JustGiving page