Front left to right: Mark Fitzhenry, Ken Miller, Amanda Smith, Kieth Bane, John Young, David Coates. Middle left to right: Danny Timmons, Steve Arnold, Annette Wait, Stephan Wait, Gareth Percival, Johnnie Sam. Rear: Gordon Ridgeon.

Ridgeons celebrates employees’ continued service

Published:  12 November, 2013

Ridgeons recently welcomed 10 employees to its esteemed ‘25 Club’ in recognition of their continued service.

The new additions join 157 existing members and were invited to a special dinner event to celebrate their achievements at Ridgeons’ Green Light Centre of Excellence in Pampisford, near Cambridge.

Coming together from a number of different branches, the latest members include:

  • Gareth Percival, operations manager at Saffron Walden
  • Annette Wait, officer manager at Herringswell
  • Stephan Wait, sales and marketing manager for Ridgeons Forest Products
  • Danny Timmons, fitter mechanic at Saffron Walden
  • David Coates, driver at Rocklands
  • Steve Arnold, group computer stock manager at Nuffield Road Cambridge
  • Mark Fitzhenry, salesperson at Saffron Walden
  • John Young, plumbing and counter supervisor at March
  • Andrew Brown, sales office manager at Rocklands
  • Ian Waine, customer service manager, Nuffield Road Cambridge.

Current members Keith Bane and Ken Miller, branch manager at Pampisford and recently retired group management accountant, respectively, also received special mentions and a gift of their choosing at the event for reaching the 35-year continued service milestone.

Established in 1958, this year’s event saw invitees come together and meet with Ridgeons family members, executive directors, and family directors including group deputy chairman Johnnie Sam and the 25 Club president David Ridgeon.

Each member received a personal welcome to the 25 Club from event host Gordon Ridgeon, before Amanda Smith presented each with an enamelled insignia lapel badge, a specially commissioned tie, a framed special service certificate and an inscribed gift of their choice from Ridgeons.

Director Gordon Ridgeon commented: “We are delighted to be able to welcome 10 new members to our ever-growing 25 Club. Now in its 55th year, the annual dinner provides the perfect opportunity for us as a group to thank employees past and present, for their long service and continued commitment. As a business that is built on relationships, it is important that we recognise and celebrate the achievements of these dedicated individuals.”

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