Iain Duncan Smith, MP for Chingford and Woodford Green, paid a visit to Alternative Managed Services and was warmly welcomed by Lewis Annis, professional print manager and the rest of the Alternative team.
Alternative Managed Services, was founded in 1992, and became a Canon authorised dealer in 1993. The company has been based in Chingford since 1997.
Iain Duncan Smith first met with senior members of the team including Simon Bridgewater, managing director and Dave Allen, sales director, who talked through Alternative's strategic aims and explained some of the challenges they face.
Dave commented, ‘We appreciate Iain taking the time to visit our growing business. As a former businessman himself it was great for us to be able to discuss our vision for the future and our current achievements along with plans for expansion. He took a real interest in why we have been so successful over such a long period of time and how we maintain staff loyalty by focusing on personal development. Our people centric approach is at the heart of what we do and really works for our staff and clients alike and IDS seemed to really appreciate this.’
He was then taken on a tour of the offices by Lewis Annis and frequently stopped to talk to employees, engaging with local resident Marie O'Leary and active conservative party member Stelios Artemiou.
Lewis explained, ‘It was a pleasure to host Iain; the genuine interest he showed in the business and our business processes from start to finish was very well received by everybody concerned.’
He also took the time to answer questions on Brexit, his own personal career and even found time to quiz staff on their football allegiance; with no fellow Tottenham Supporters found, it was time for the visit to end!