On the 25th November, 22 members of staff were awarded with Long Service Awards for working either 30 or 40 years with Anglian Home Improvements.
Of these, 20 have worked with Anglian for 30 years in a range of different jobs, from the glass factory to customer services and manufacturing. The award ceremony was held at the Anglian Sports and Social Club, and Stig Hansen gave out the trophies.
Stephen Brown and Paul Mclennan were both proud to be awarded for their 40 years of service with Anglian; both currently working on lines in the factory. They must have seen a lot of changes in the way we manufacture our double glazed windows and conservatories over the years.
Paul joined Anglian when he was just 17, surveying aluminium windows. Stephen was one of the first people Paul recognised as they had worked together before, and in those days he knew everyone who worked at Anglian. Paul has enjoyed working with the company and says that it has provided him with “a good living.”
Stephen’s favourite job during his time with Anglian was working in the wood shop on Oak Street. He feels that Anglian has always been a good place to work, and he is tremendously proud of his 40 years and being given an award to mark this.
Barry Chilvers, who has worked with Anglian for 30 years told me about his career with Anglian;
I joined Anglian in April 1981 as an Internal Audit Senior and spent about 3-4 years in this position before I was transferred to the branch training section, which was comprised of 3 people and believe it or not, we were responsible for computerisation of the Regional Offices, which in those days was mainly for the use of manual phone lines via a modem to connect up the line.
I was also heavily involved in surveying and the transfer of survey data via Toshiba direct to Head Office. This small department had a life of 4 years and after the 4 years, I transferred to Personnel and Development in the Training Section. Ultimately I became Training Manager and was instrumental in introducing NVQ’s to approaching 1000 Installers.
In 1995, a position arose in Customer Service after the departure of David McRaith, and after interviews with the then Chief Executive, Ron Swift, and Sales and Marketing Director, Larry Condon, I moved into this position.
Eventually I ended up reporting to the Finance Division of the company and after several changes in 2007, I moved over to Martin Troughton in the Marketing Division, as it was quite correctly identified that Customer Service was primarily a Marketing function in respect of further business.
Recently, I transferred to Unit 2 to be closer at hand on high level issues and I continue to enjoy the job.
You ask me why I stayed with the company so long and it’s quite simple; I still have the greatest of respect for Anglian Windows Limited and still enjoy my job with the company.
Where do I see myself in 10 years? Probably in America.
What a story from Barry! Congratulations to all of these loyal employees, who have been with Anglian through thick and thin, and will hopefully be here for a many more years to come.
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