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  1. Staff profile: Gergo Kontos

    Staff profile: Gergo Kontos

    Name: Gergo Kontos

    Age: 27

    Hometown:

    Szolnok, Hungary.  I now live in Leeds, but visit home once or twice a year to see my family.

    How long have been in the UK?

    I moved here when I was 24, so it’s been just over three years

    What were your reasons for choosing to settle in the UK?

    I just felt like England had more to give.

    Who did you come to the UK with?

    I travelled over with a friend of mine

    How did you come to work for Johnsons?

    The friend I travelled over with found me a job at Johnsons, at first through an agency, and I am now employed full-time by the company

    What is your current role within the company?

    I am a senior nursery worker.

    What does a typical day for you at Johnsons consist of?

    I mostly work in the potting shed, but I sometimes drive the tractor, or the dumper, when helping to lift amenity orders.

    Has this been your only role at Johnsons?

    My job and the roles I carry out have varied over the last three years I have been here, and I am happy to work wherever I am needed.

    What’s your favourite thing about working for the company?

    The people that work here are friendly, and this has really helped make my time enjoyable.

    What’s your favourite thing about living in the UK?

    The football! I support Liverpool and enjoy watching the matches on TV. I also like that my girlfriend lives in the UK, and I love the fact that Slash from Guns N’ Roses is English. I love the band and I went to see them live in London two weeks ago.

    What are your ambitions, in work and in life?

    I would love to travel some more, and maybe live In Australia or New Zealand with my girlfriend, but I would come back to Johnsons if I ever returned to the UK. I may end up in Australia or New Zealand once we’ve saved up enough money.

    Posted 29th Jun 5:21pm
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  2. Staff Profile: Laszlo

    Staff Profile: Laszlo

    Meet our Potting Supervisor Laszlo – he’s been working at Johnsons of Whixley for four years, after moving to the UK from his hometown in Hungary.

    In his profile, Laszlo talks about what he enjoys about working at our nursery, what brought him to the UK and what he likes about living here.

     

    This is the first of a number of profiles from our staff who have moved to the UK after living in other European countries.  

     

    Name: Laszlo Csanyi

    Age: 20

    Hometown :  Baja, Hungary

     

    How long have been in the UK?

    Four Years

     

    What were your reasons for choosing to settle in the UK?

    My older brother and father came over to the UK in February 2014 to work. After they had being living in the UK for a while my mum, myself and my younger brother and sister moved over here. My parents sold everything back home to live and work here.

     

    Who did you come to the UK with?

    My family

     

    How did you come to work for Johnsons?

    I couldn’t carry on the studies I had done in Hungary so I got better with my English over the first 6 months here and an agency firm called Jark phoned me to ask if I wanted to work at Johnsons.

     

    What is your current role within the company?

    Potting supervisor

     

    What does a typical day for you at Johnsons consist of?

    I start off with a team brainstorm and plan the day, then I get my team together and talk through what needs to be done. We generally pot 5L & 10L plants.

     

    Has this been your only role at Johnsons? (promoted etc.)

    I have always worked on potting and learnt from my previous supervisor Brian who helped me with the knowledge I have now. I was then offered a full time contract and a promotion to be the Potting Supervisor in April 2016. 

     

    What’s your favourite thing about working for the company?

    I enjoy what I do and enjoy a challenge. I get on well with everyone and have always had great support from the management.

     

    What’s your favourite thing about living in the UK?

    I enjoy the loud music in pubs and clubs and there are lots of choices here compared to in Hungary, such as more music.

     

    What are your ambitions, in work and in life?

    I would say it was a big step becoming a supervisor I am really happy with that as a first step.

    Posted 20th Jun 11:40am
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