Staff News

Introducing: Jimmy Brookes (Technical Sales Manager)

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IFG Drake would like to congratulate Jimmy Brookes on his promotion to Technical Sales Manager.

Jimmy first joined IFG Drake in 1990 and has since gone on to enjoy success in a variation of roles. Starting out on the shop floor as a Machine Operator he made his way up the ranks being promoted to Shift Supervisor, and then Shift Manager, in 2004.

It was in 2013 that Jimmy moved his way off the shopfloor to our Golcar site, where he took up the role of Production Manager. Having enjoyed 4 years in his new role, another promotion was on the horizon, becoming Site Manager in the January of 2017, and Technical Sales Manager 2019.

Having been with the company for nearly 30 years, Jimmy knows a thing or two about IFG:

“Although we are part of a group, we are a family. IFG are focused on customer service, looking after its employees and developing them. Since the 1990’s and before we have always had a sense of pride in our product and the belief that we are the best in this business.”

In his new role, Jimmy is already beginning to develop customer relationships, arrange site visits and manage his team in the office. His new role brings more customer interaction, a part of the role Jimmy has always enjoyed,

“I have seen opportunities with customers and helped develop our products to further enhance theirs. This has also helped forge some really good partnerships which I am proud to have achieved.”

And so when he isn’t out visiting customers, what can you find him doing?

“In my spare time I have 7 grandchildren with 2 of them being only a few months old. I am a very keen golfer and play to a single figure handicap. Whilst I am also a keen supporter of the Huddersfield Giants, although I don’t get to as many games as I would like.”

We wish Jimmy all the best in his new role.  


You can get in contact with Jimmy and the rest of our team on 0113 285 2202

A Day in the Life of an IFG Drake Sales Coordinator

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Beverley Robson, IFG Drake’s Sales Coordinator, plays an integral role in the day-to-day running of the business. 

Tell us about your role at IFG Drake…

As IFG Drake Sales Coordinator it is my responsibility to stay organised, deal with customers, and keep the sales administration up to date. Although I spend most of my day at my desk, I liaise with customers daily, and one of the best things about my job is the camaraderie between colleagues and customers.

My everyday tasks revolve around processing orders and ensuring that stringent customer requirements are met. Whether it be raising despatch notes and invoices, dealing with customers, or coordinating between production staff and customers to ensure requests are completed.

After working for the company for 21 years, I know the ins and outs surrounding my role. However, when my day involves mountains of paperwork, ensuring current relevant legislation is up to date is never a one-off job. It requires continual monitoring and activity which can be interesting when our customers are so diverse!

I think what makes IFG Drake stand out from the crowd is our customer service and commitment to providing a quality product.


Meet some of the rest of the IFG Drake team in our Working for IFG Drake video

A Day in the Life of an IFG Drake Site Administrator

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IFG Drake Site Administrator, Naomi Roberts, joined the team just under a year ago and she’s already been involved in some exciting projects, read on to find out more about her varied role within the company.

Describe a typical day at IFG Drake…
As Site Administrator it’s hard to describe a typical day because my role is so varied, but the first task I complete every morning is to check the trays at the shift manager’s station which have all the paperwork and information from the previous day and night shift.

I will then go on to complete my shop floor walkaround, where I check on the staff and make sure there are no issues with machinery or tools. If there’s any problems, I speak to the relevant department to get them rectified. My walkaround is also where I check the quality of the bales in the warehouse before they go out to our customers worldwide.

Most of my daily work is carried out at my desk because I am responsible for a variety of administration tasks including calculating wages for our accounts departments, controlling holidays and creating and signing off purchase orders for maintenance. When we have a new starter, I will carry out their induction which is a great way for me to develop relationships with the IFG Drake staff. My daily tasks also include liaising with shift managers and operatives, and we have a meeting everyday with all managers, supervisors and maintenance team to keep every up to date.

Before I leave I will always spend time to reflect on the day’s tasks and confirm that all the necessary jobs have been completed.

What’s the best thing about your job?
My role is very varied, and no two days are the same. I like how diverse my role is compared to other companies because I have numerous jobs that I’m responsible for so I’m not just doing the same thing all day, every day.

What’s been your favourite project to date?
I have only been working for IFG Drake for just under a year but one of the projects I have enjoyed getting involved in was the video shoot. It was the first time I’d ever been involved in a project like that, so it was very exciting to be involved. My role was to make sure our employees and shop floor was ready for the film crew and to make sure the day ran as smoothly as possible by making sure all branding was clear on the uniforms and wagons.

Terry Gration Celebrates 25 Years with IFG Drake

Terry Gration Celebrates 25 Years with IFG Drake

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It was 1993 when a young Terry Gration came to work for IFG Drake in the staple department on bailing.

Since then, Terry has seen a lot of changes within the company. Staff have come and gone, and customer requirements have continued to change and evolve over time.

We asked Terry what the best thing was about working with the company, and his first answer was the people he works with. He also enjoys time away from them and the working life too, and has enjoyed the generous holiday allowance the company gives to spend time with his family at home and abroad.

Progression through the ranks to his current position of Shift Manager has given Terry the chance to work with some true characters over the years. Terry was one of four staff over the last year to receive recognition for 25 years with the company, and is amongst a total of 13 employees at the Drighlington site that have reached this career milestone. They’ve got a way to go to become the longest standing though – our longest-serving staff member has been with the company for a highly impressive 39 years!

To reflect Terry’s time with the company he was awarded with an iPad