We are delighted to introduce Anton James, one of our amazing C&B van drivers. We are so glad to have Anton and his fellow colleagues in the fleet who have gone the extra mile during this pandemic – delivering wines the length and breadth of the country, while keeping our customers safe!
Q: Can you tell us about your role as a driver for C&B?
As a C&B driver, I deliver wines to our customers in the London area. I get to visit some really interesting places and deliver to customers from all walks of life. I have been with C&B for a year and half now, and I was a London bus driver for 10 years before this. I love it as my job gets me to beautiful places and the customers are just great because I get friendly greetings from them!
I am a bit of a chatter box and I love meeting people. I enjoy going to different places day-in day-out, so I suppose I have the good end of the deal. I never really thought it matters to me but the responses I have been getting from our customers are really important to me.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
My day starts at 5:30 in the morning. I check the van load and get down to London at 7:30. Have a cup of tea and get myself ready for 8am, which is when I start knocking on people’s door. During the pandemic, I have about 15 to 20 stops a day. But a big day for me could include quite a few on-trade customers (pubs and restaurants) as well.
Q: What measures has the warehouse put in place to keep you and our customers safe?
In the morning when we sign in, our temperature is checked and logged on the system. As soon as you are inside the warehouse, you are required to put on a mask and gloves until you are in the van. C&B provides all the protections including wipes, gloves and masks with C&B logo on them! I feel really looked after by the company.
Q: Do you enjoy a glass of wine yourself?
Actually, I am a rum drinker but my wife loves wine, so this has worked out well for her. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a good and bad wine…! On a special occasion I will have a nice glass of wine but I don’t think I have the taste palate for it. We do buy some wines via the C&B website every couple of months as my wife loves them.
Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
I am a DIYer. Anything that has a power tool and a bit of wood – that’s me. If you need something fixing, I will try and fix it and I drive my wife mad with it. I will sit down and look around the room, and I will say to myself ‘that really doesn’t look right’. Then, I will go and fix it but probably makes it worse!
Currently I have this wooden container in my garden, and I want to turn it into a mini shed. I have wood lying everywhere around the house. I think of something and I try to make it.
Q: Anything else you would like to share with us?
Honestly, people might think I am bias, but I have got to say that C&B is a good company to work for. I am very lucky to do the work I am doing now!