Keeping faith in staff after 35 years

A DEWSBURY building firm celebrating 35 years in business is bucking the trend for lay offs and wage cuts.
Martin Walsh Associates, based on Leeds Road, still has enough orders to keep 13 staff in fulltime work.
Founder Martin Walsh, 63, said: “Competitors either make people redundant, put them on a threeday week or knock 10 to 20 per cent off their salaries.
“Out of loyalty to our staff, we’ve done none of that. We’ve managed to keep  going, but it’s been hard work.”
He added the key is quality workmanship and said: “100 per cent of our business is by referral, which proves we must be doing something right.”

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