LONG SERVING employees from Mirfield’s John Cotton bedding firm have been rewarded for 25 years of dedication.
Ten staff members were recognised at a recent award ceremony, and as well as recognising each individual's commitment and hard work, the awards were also an opportunity for John Cotton to show its appreciation.
John Cotton, chairman of the family-run firm based on Huddersfield Road, said: “We have a number of staff members who have worked with us for 25 years and we felt it was really important to take some time to appreciate the contribution they have made to the business. It really was a true celebration.”
The 10 staff received a paid holiday and were invited along with their famlies to a ceremony at the firm’s Nunbrook Mills base in Mirfield.
Employees also received a certificate of service, a designer watch and a meal voucher worth £100.
Beverley Clegg, 48, lives in Mirfield with her husband Steven and works as a part-time general operative in the factory.
She said: “It’s a great place to work, the pay is good and we have a team bonus structure. We're a close-knit company and people tend to stick around a long time, especially when we're surrounded by our family and friends.
“I was delighted when I was invited to the awards ceremony. It’s a nice feeling knowing you’re appreciated and my family are all very proud of me.”
Beverley’s twin sister Sharon also works at the factory and received her long-service award two years ago.
Other staff members honoured at the awards included Kulwant Kaur, Dorothy Fellowes, John Cock, Abdul Qayum, Shabbir Ahmed, Thomas Fellowes, Earle Whyte, Stephen Midgley and Andrew Garside.
Mr Cotton added: “The business has evolved hugely since 1916, and although we’re more technologically advanced, we still have lots of staff on the factory floor.
“We’re now looking forward to gearing up for our 100-year anniversary in 2016 and celebrating more staff service milestones as the company enters its next century.”