Published: 24 May 2017

Loyalty reward results in sunshine break for Jennings Ford’s workshop controller

A two week vacation is on the agenda for a member of staff at Jennings Ford, part of the multi-award winning Jennings Motor Group, after clocking 45 years’ loyal service.

Paul Barker, 60, from Eaglescliffe in Stockton, and workshop controller within the service department at the group’s Ford dealership on Yarm Road in Stockton, has been presented with a certificate and holiday vouchers for his continued loyalty.

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Paul’s career in the motor industry began straight from school when he embarked on a five-year Apprenticeship programme at the Stockton-based dealership, formerly known as Oxbridge, prior to Jennings Ford taking over the branch in 1984.

After a few years, Paul decided he wanted to gain experience in a more customer-facing role and was given the opportunity to transfer to the front service desk to work as a service advisor.  In 1988, he received a promotion to workshop controller, the same position he holds today. 

Paul said; “Working in the motor industry is all I’ve ever done since leaving school and completing my Apprenticeship.  I have made many friends over the years and it’s always been a good place to work, so there’s been no reason to look for alternative employment.”

Over the years, Paul and the service team at the Jennings Ford dealership have contributed towards winning a number of awards, including Ford’s most prestigious Chairman’s Award for delivering outstanding customer service.   

To mark the loyalty milestone, service manager Ian Grant, presented Paul with his loyalty certificate and holiday vouchers.

Ian said; “I would like to congratulate Paul for his dedicated commitment and loyalty over the years – 45 years is a truly commendable achievement.  It was an absolute pleasure presenting him with his loyalty reward.” 

The region’s longest established motor dealer group rewards members of its 524-strong workforce after 15 years of continuous service, then after every five years. Paul is one of 28 employees across the group who will receive rewards throughout 2017 for a combined 690 years of loyalty.

Paul added; “Having your hard work and loyalty recognised in such a rewarding way as this, is also a great incentive for staff – I’m really looking forward to booking a holiday abroad later this year.”

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Ford in Stockton, call into the Yarm Road dealership, contact 0333 414 9750.

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