As one of Haddonstone’s longest-serving employees, Nita Attwood has worked at our Northamptonshire head office for an incredible 40 years.
Nita can be found showing visitors round our beautiful Show Gardens, or helping our clients select the perfect cast stone garden designs for their outside space.
Here, Nita talks about her memories of working at Haddonstone for four enjoyable decades and what she thinks makes Haddonstone so special.
I joined Haddonstone on Monday 23rd June 1980, as Bob Barrow’s Secretary/PA.
I was working for a company called Canada Dry at the time (part of the Bass Charrington Group). Their zone office was moving out of Northampton and I needed to find another position nearer to my home at Spratton in Northamptonshire.
Bob thought at the time that I was too young and I wouldn’t stay…how wrong he was!
Home and Garden sales can vary dramatically from day to day.
I spend a lot of time talking to customers over the telephone and helping them select the right home and garden designs for their particular outside space. I also take orders and show our visitors around our beautiful Show Gardens at East Haddon. Then there is of course all the internal administration duties for the sales team.
Initially when I joined Haddonstone, the reception and sales team were in the area of the original entrance to The Forge House, East Haddon.
The bungalow at the top of the car park was a private residence with no upper floor. The marketing office was the studio and the mould shop was in the courtyard at the back of the Manor House. We had a smaller factory at Upper Harlestone, Northampton and at that time we also still had a shop and a post office in the village!
Wow – where do we start?!
Having a wonderful working environment at East Haddon is amazing.
Haddonstone being a family run business is also wonderful.
Working with our fellow colleagues – our professionalism and creativity in all areas.
Our quality product and working with all walks of life also ticks a lot of the boxes! ☺
How to describe our wonderful Show Gardens and place of work?
I would say it makes you PROUD. They are UNIQUE and very INSPIRATIONAL.
Working at the worldwide prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show is a top highlight of my career. Also other shows and exhibitions such as Decorex at Syon Park, BBC Gardeners World Live, GLEE, Hotel & Design, RHS Malvern, House & Garden at Olympia, to name but a few.
Meeting, like I have said earlier, all walks of life in person, on the telephone, at other shows and exhibitions and in our Show Gardens, at East Haddon. This has included top interior and garden designers, landscapers, hotels, and private, prestigious clients ranging from HRH’s to celebrities.
Also, working alongside the National Trust, English Heritage and Historic House Association.
Finally, partnering with the Sir John Soanes Museum on our special collection with them.
We are the whole package from enquiry to delivery. Working in a wonderful, unique, inspirational, professional, creative and caring company.
We offer classical and contemporary designs for all sizes of homes and gardens, and for both interior and exterior situations.
P – Passion and enthusiasm
A – Ability to work as a team
S – Sales are our lifeblood
S – Skills, expertise and experience
I – Improving constantly
O – Obsessive about quality
N – Need to communicate
Nita and the rest of our friendly and experienced team are available to help you to choose the perfect cast stone designs for your outside space.
Simply contact us during office hours, or request a call back and our team will be in touch at a time to suit you:Request a call back
Whether you’re working on a private residential or large commercial project, or if you are interested in home and garden products, our friendly and expert team are happy to discuss your requirements.