Loyal trio achieve eight decades of loyalty at Jennings Ford

Posted on 15 Feb 2011

Three members of staff at Jennings Ford in Stockton, who have just been rewarded for achieving 80 years’ loyalty between them, reckon the key factor is down to happiness in the workplace.

Employees, Charlie Stewart, 51, Derek Smith 48 and Andrea Edmondson, 41, have been rewarded for their loyalty at the group’s Yarm Road dealership and according to them, happiness plays a vital role.

As a result of company policy, which includes rewarding staff every five years, following the first fifteen years of service, this isn’t the first time the dedicated trio have been rewarded for their loyalty.

Charlie Stewart, from Stockton, joined the company after leaving school 35 years ago.

He embarked on an Apprenticeship programme and became a panel beater working for several years within the bodyshop department of the dealership. Later, he exchanged his overalls for a shirt and tie when he took on a customer-facing role and started working as a service advisor on the service reception desk, a job he still does today.

“This has been my one and only job since leaving school and I am delighted to once again, have been rewarded for my loyalty to the company,” said Charlie Stewart.

Derek Smith, from Stockton, started working at the company’s Stockton dealership 25 years ago, when he joined the parts department as a parts man, a job he still does today.

“I have had experience working for other motor dealers in the past, but working at Jennings is like being part of one big, happy family,” said Derek.

Meanwhile, Andrea Edmondson, from Stockton, joined the company 20 years ago when she was appointed as an after sales clerk. In 1997, she was promoted to after sales supervisor and is currently responsible for the day-to-day running of the office, in addition to overseeing a small team of staff.

The presentation took place at the group’s Yarm Road branch when parts manager, Andrew Cave, handed the loyalty vouchers to the dedicated members of staff.

Andrew said; “It was an absolute pleasure presenting the loyalty vouchers and on behalf of the company, I would like to wish Charlie, Derek and Andrea, many more happy years at Jennings Ford.”

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Ford, call into the Yarm Road dealership or contact 01642 632200.

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