L-r, back row: Kevin Molloy, Dave Jarvis, Stuart Press, Rob Mac Donald, Dean R Smith, Carl Palmer, Simon Froggatt, Dean W Smith, Dave Harrison. Middle row: Nick Hewes, Linda Kirman, Mark Swinford, Rob Clarke, Manu Patel, Steve Oliver. Front row: Donna Oliver, Jenty Mistry, Jeff Barratt, David Pochin and Alex Shipley.

Pochin marks 500 years of service

Published:  06 February, 2013

The East Midlands plumbing and heating trade supplier and bathroom retailer Pochin has marked 150 years in business with a celebration where 20 staff were given long service awards. The 20 staff and managing director David Pochin have clocked up a combined 500 years with the firm.

Mr Pochin, the sixth generation Pochin to run the independent firm, said: “Pochin is a business built on great service by deeply knowledgeable people who care about our customers’ experience of us. So it is no surprise to me just how many of our staff have been with us for 15 years or more.

“To congratulate 20 colleagues on each having worked with the business for so long is hugely gratifying as an employer. I also hope it is very encouraging to our newer recruits, who can see how they can have a long and prosperous future with Pochin.”

The long service awards were presented at a celebration dinner at Leicester’s Marriott Hotel. Almost all Pochin’s 70 staff attended, from the trade counters and showrooms in Leicestershire, Rutland and Derbyshire and the head office at Murrayfield Road.

The longest service award was presented to trade salesman Jenty Mistry, for 35 years. He was closely followed by warehouse operative Robert MacDonald (34 years), showroom sales adviser Mark Swinford (32) and trade salesman Steve Oliver (30).

The other awards were for: Dean R Smith (27), Stuart Press (27), Rob Clarke (26), Kevin Molloy (25), Simon Froggatt (25), Manu Patel (23), Alex Shipley (22), Dave Harrison (22), Nick Hewes (22), Dave Jarvis (21), Carl Palmer (18), Jeff Barratt (18), Donna Oliver (17), Linda Kirman (16), Dean W Smith (16) and Steve Newbutt (15).

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