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Thanks for the great progress on Soltan – we are pleased with the new view you are bringing to the exercise. The constructive challenge you are offering is already reaping huge benefits to the programme so thanks very much for your input so far.
Alison came to Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Alford as a guest speaker for both the Year 12 Business Studies pupils and the Year 11 Packaging Development Club pupils, who were working towards entering the Starpack Schools Packaging Design Awards. She gave a presentation to over 30 pupils explaining about her educational background, high profile companies she had worked for and packaging development projects she had been involved in, that the pupils would recognise. The talk was fantastic and Alison's enthusiasm and wealth of experience really inspired the pupils. The pupils were engaged, asking lots of questions about the Scientific and Technical aspects of PackagingDevelopment. The school were extremely grateful for the talk, which allowed pupils to link their studies with the Business world, fitting in with the school's Business and Enterprise status and helping to raise awareness of the Industry, promote careers in the field and raise aspirations of young people. The pupils were inspired and the Packaging Club went on to achieve success in the Starpack Awards,with a pupil winning a prize for the best portfolio. We hope Alison can return to the school in the futureas this was such an enriching experience for the pupils.”
Alison is a likeable, results driven and highly skilled packaging professional who managed the packaging development team at Young’s Seafood covering my maternity leave 2010. I would highly recommend her.
As Interim Packaging Manager, Alison has injected a renewed vigour into the department. She hasman managed the team, bringing out the best qualities in every one of us, boosting confidence withunobtrusive guidance, the right word here and there, a friendly smile, all the little touches that makeyou realise that you are doing a good job. As a result the department is high on morale, workingtogether as a team, sharing opportunities and issues and enjoying the challenges of PackagingDevelopment. Thank you Alison!
Alison has been the best thing that could have happened to the packaging department at Findus. She has brought well needed confidence back in everyone and has provided inspiration to us all. Alison has a very unique style of management which is visionary. We have benefitted so much from having a positive and knowledgeable role model. No task is too menial and the time she takes to talk and listen and makes us all feel supported. She is a team player and a great, unassuming mentor. I feel privileged to have worked with Alison and I have learnt so much. I am sorry I couldn't have worked with her for longer because I feel there is so much I could have learned. I hope we can keep in touch.
Alison came into our department at an extremely difficult time. Morale was at an all time low and theteam were all feeling isolated and under pressure. It is no exaggeration to say that in the short timeAlison has been with us, she has totally turned around this department. Alison is an outstandingindividual who is always extremely professional whilst still having a caring manner that instantly makespeople feel comfortable around her. Her knowledge of the packaging industry is extensive and she willgo out of her way to make time to share some of that knowledge with others. I think I speak foreveryone when I say that we will feel a great loss when Alison leaves the team. However, she will havegiven us all the tools we need to be a confident, focussed and altogether more knowledgeable andimproved department
When Alison joined our department it would be fair to say it was in a state of chaos and disrepair, staff turnover was high and senior staff had either been sacked or left of their own accord, this left members of the team without support on major projects, a blame culture had taken hold and morale was at anall time low.Alison quickly took hold of the department and completely changed the way people worked, she re structured the department so that no members of the team felt unsupported making the best use of the various skill levels in the department, within a very small amount of time the difference was clear, the morale and performance of the team improved tremendously with major projects being delivered skilfully and to plan. This was no small feat and could not have been done without the support and guidance from Alison. She has encouraged people to believe in themselves again, and has brought out the very best in the team, in fact it really feels like a team now, one in which the members are happy to support each other, and share each others’ knowledge and experience, which is the complete opposite of how it feltbefore. Alison is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of packaging and packaging development, she is an extremely skilled manager and brings out the best in those around her, I have really enjoyed working for Alison she is the best manager I have ever worked for, she is so encouraging and supportive while constantly challenging you to be the best you can be. She really does care and she takes time to listento you. I really feel privileged for the time spent working for her.For me it has been literally life changing seeing that there is a better way, and feeling proud of my work again and looking around and seeing how she has changed my workmates as well – it’s nothing less than amazing. While it will be sad to see her go, she will be leaving behind a strong department, one that has changed for the better, a department that has been equipped with the best tools and skills for the job. Although she will have gone her mark will remain and her influence and support will continue to be felt. We will not forget her – it’s been a real pleasure, thanks Alison!
I worked as Project Manager on a large project for Sainsbury's that Alison had secured through AVA. We worked well together and Alison was professional at all times. I enjoyed working together and would happily do so again.
I've known Alison since she worked in my department as a Materials Projects Manager at Lyons Tetley and can vouch for her excellent work and also for her skills as a dedicated packaging specialist. I would not hesitate in recommending her services in this field.
Alison has exceptional analytical abilities coupled with the ability to assimilate detail whilst not losing sight of the overall picture. Excellent communication skills demonstrable at all levels. Alison has boundless enthusiasm and energy for the projects that she undertakes and is very goal driven.
We had an especially difficult project for a relatively new pack and decided to outsource this to AVA to help source the pack. Alison was flexible and easily able to amend her search dependant on the developing marketing information given. I received regular detailed reports, that I was able to use todrive decisions within my team, whilst getting sound technical advice to help meet key milestones. This project has since moved forward dramatically in a short space of time, due in a large part to the help Alison was able to provide. If you’re stuck Alison is definitely worth a call! Top Qualities: Personable, Expert, Good Value.
I really enjoyed my time working with Alison. I found Alison to be a highly effective professional with a high level of integrity. I look forward to working with you again in the future. All the best for your continued success.
Many thanks for the email as well as the mock up sample — I received them this morning. I’m pleased with the mock up and also impressed that you have turned things around so quickly.
We chose to work with AVA and Alison having worked together in the past at Safeway. We had a very specific brief concerning packaging of a new range of products and needed real expertise in locating potential suppliers and ensuring we achieved best price and quality. AVA managed to locate suitable suppliers where we had failed, met our budget needs and delivered to project on time. I would recommend AVA for similar work and look forward to working with them again.Expert, Good Value, On Time.
Alison presents her organisation extremely professionally and offers excellent insight to a very technically-oriented business area without the attendant impenetrable language. Alison is personable, responsive and deeply knowledgeable. Her insight into business packaging challenges is extensive, and as a consequence, her proposals and solutions are accurate, whilst flexible.
Samples received and they look grand so thanks!
AVA packaging solutions are professional and extremely efficient. I required some mock ups for an important presentation and AVA turned them round in a couple of days. Not only was it quick, but the samples were well made and exactly what I needed.
I have known Alison since 2008, exploring potential opportunities for her to support Packaging Development at Arla Foods. Though these opportunities did not come to fruition, we have maintained contact supporting each other with any packaging challenges we may have had. Alison's main attribute is her network. It is a wealth of knowledge. Should Alison not be able to help, she will know someone who can. She is professional, delivering to agreed deadlines and with the right level of detail. Anyone considering using Alison to support their packaging development will not be disappointed.
Alison has a broad range of knowledge and skills in all aspects of packaging and the areas of marketing and procurement relating to packaging. She works well in cross functional teams and readily shares her professional views and recommendations. She is not afraid to support an unpopular position if it is in the best interest of the team and the client. She has a high energy level, works hard, speaks clearly and knows how to get results. I would not hesitate to work with her on future projects.
I joined HAVI when Alison had launched an RFI and started writing industry analyses. Alison's structured approach and preparation was impressive and she offers considerable knowledge of the packaging industry.
Alison is a true Packaging Professional. I found Alison to be very knowledgeable in packaging design and technology as well very creative with ideas to generate opportunities or address challenges.
Working with Alison at BP/Lubricants was a pleasure. Alison brought her broad packaging experience and a strong creative approach to the team. I'm sure our paths will cross again in the future, Tom
Alison worked with Castrol's global packaging team. I found her to have deep knowledge in the areasof pack design, innovation and change management. One of the greatest assets you can ask for in apackaging professional is when they can advise that a project is impractical, and to advise you to stopthe project and save your resources & money. That takes courage, as it may mean the project closesand they lose out on the continuing consultancy work. Alison had the integrity to tell her client, and toadvise alternate solutions. I appreciated that. Alison has insight to share beyond packaging, and Ienjoyed working with her
AVA (Alison!) supported us on research for a packaging challenge and did so with great enthusiasm and expertise to a very tight deadline......met/exceeded expectations!
Alison created a range of 12 insightful case studies for 12 everyday food and household items thatclearly explain in layman’s terms the reasons why they are packaged as they are. These are accessiblein print and via our website as a source of education for politicians, schools, industry and consumers.Alison is very easy to work with and takes pride in delivering work that hits the mark! Many thanks!!
Alison has considerable knowledge and experience in Packaging Development and put this to gooduse taking on an interim appointment as Global Packaging Director at Oriflame. She integrated quicklyand connected well with the Packaging team due to her friendly and open approach. Alison alsodelivered a solid strategic departmental review with relevant insights and recommendations within avery restricted time frame. Following her assignment, Alison continued to provide technical support toOriflame through her network of top quality Packaging Specialist Associates.
Thank you for all your work you completed for us. The Q&A project benefited greatly from your input and contacts within the industry. Appreciate your help and support. It was a pleasure working with you and I hope we can have the opportunity to work together in the future.
AVA really added value. Their user perspective helped us focus on important customer issues. Practical experience and knowledge of what matters to both retailer and a branded goods company. Succeeded in reinforcing the crucial market lessons.
AVA is a rare commodity and in demand - they deliver what they say they will competently, professionally and are a pleasure to work with.
Extremely professional and efficient company. AVA makes it their business to understand the client's business requirements. Provide a solution - not just packaging- whilst keeping a keen eye on budget and feasibility. Communicate well and deliver on time.
A very good understanding of the needs of the major food manufacturers helped deliver packaging solutions that worked better for us and our customers and also lasted longer.
Pro-actively managing our expectations. Personable style yet very flexible and professional approach. Wealth of relevant technical and management experience. We would not hesitate in working with AVA again in the future.
Results were exactly to the brief, comprehensive, clear and presented to a high standard and delivered within the agreed timescales. Very high professional standards. We look forward to working with AVA in the future.
Immediate access to buying and technical packaging expertise enabled us to bring an NPD project to life swiftly and cost effectively. No hesitation about recommending AVA. Please to work with such an efficient & personable organisation.
We couldn't have done this or got this far without you.
Broad knowledge of the packaging industry, particularly knowledge of fast track tooling and prototyping
Thank you for moving our business on - helped us to continue to grow at an exciting pace.
Professionalism second to none. Interesting and innovative packaging solutions. Exciting innovative ideas. No hesitation in recommending AVA as the ideal packaging solution provider.
I find AVA's knowledge, strategic thinking and creative solutions invaluable
AVA provided excellent market assessment advice to us. This was particularly important as we faced both technological & marketing challenges in our start-up phase. AVA was professional & their execution thorough and complete. AVA's competence & expertise in the field of consumer/retail packaging & knowledge of broad cross sections of market sectors played an important role in their selection & we intend to use AVA's services with enthusiasm again.
I am very grateful for AVA's interest in helping us find the right packaging & will certainly remember your company for the future; I think your customer service is excellent. Many thanks indeed.
Alison is a dedicated & professional packaging manager with good all round knowledge & excellent networks/connections in the industry.
Smart, thorough & knowledgeable; if it's anything to do with packaging then AVA is my first resort. No hesitation in recommending AVA to others.
Alison is a very organised & customer focused professional with high integrity & many great successes accomplished.
Alison has a nice approach in the soft skills area which I thank you for.
AVA collected data & updated our packaging specifications to allow a professional tender. In short timeframes capable Associates got the job completed leading to a successful tender & e-negotiation. Top qualities: personable, on time, high integrity
Many thanks!! The packaging looks great to me!!
All is good & AVA is doing an excellent job - I highly rate your Associate & I think she is an asset to your business.
Alison is an extremely focused, talented & inspirational designer & her expertise was of enormous help to our project. Alison & I worked together on a complex programme where she provided first class, effective & insightful research with great clarity.
Alison is a delight to work with. She is a great professional. She understands clients concerns & works hard with her team to innovatively deliver superior solutions. Most impressive!!
Delighted by the speedy, professional & personable manner AVA took on & ran with our project. A wide array of innovative & cost effective solutions quickly provided to us with full cost & timings - we could quickly identify & progress the winning route - a novel packaging format for our product & a first for our category!! We plan to use AVA again for future work & have no hesitation in recommending them to others.
Fantastic Alison - These look great! It all makes sense to me!!
I have used AVA because I trust them to deliver high quality output against tight deadlines. I was able to let them manage the other 3rd parties with the peace of mind they wouldn't let me down. Thanks for the excellent prototypes in such a short time. They look great for the board presentation!
Just to let you know I have the report & it's super!! Many Thanks!!
AVA reviewed our outer case & transit packaging format & identification with recommendations to formulate our global supplier strategy. AVA did this professionally within the brief agreed. Top quality, personable, on time, high integrity.
It has been a pleasure to work with AVA; their professional attitude & willingness to help along with their vast knowledge of packaging has turned problems into solutions.
I was delighted by AVA's help, the quality of their innovative thinking and their fast turn-around time. We will work with them again and recommend them. Some really innovative & good ideas here - thanks! I'm delighted!!