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8 staff celebrate 169 years of service

30th January 2017

Eight staff at Greatdays are celebrating long service landmarks after notching up a total of 169 years of service between them.

The staff, whose service ranges from 32 years to 10 years, were presented with long service awards at the 5th annual Greatdays Staff Conference, held this year at the Mercure Haydock Hotel in Lancashire.

Commenting on the awards, Greatdays executive director Paul Beaumont, who has worked for the family-owned company for 32 years, says: “Once a year we bring all our staff together for an event that mixes business with pleasure. This year we have eight people who, between them, have been with the company between 10 and 32 years. If you add in those who have been with us for five years or more, we have 14 staff with a total of 209 years’ service between them.”

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Joining Paul with 32 years’ service is his father, John Beaumont, chairman of Greatdays, who established the company in 1984. The longest serving employee is Jenny Murray, operations administration co-ordinator in the finance team, with 26 years’ service.

“The Conference gives us the opportunity for each of our teams to look at the highs and lows of the last 12 months and to explain to their colleagues what the priorities are for the year ahead.” says Paul. “It also shows the breadth of Greatdays activities, from providing our programme of tours and day trips, to organising transport, travel and accommodation for large group events.

During the conference we recognise staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. This year’s winner was Jess Burke, manager of our Disney, Air and Cruise team, who was at Barcelona airport early one morning in July as part of our organisation of our annual Performing Arts Event. She was expecting more than 200 people arriving from the US on 30 different flights. Delays caused by fog resulted in the well-prepared plan being thrown in the bin. During the day, a total of 26 pieces of luggage went missing. It took until 11pm to get everything back on track. The event was a huge success, but Jess will always remember that one day in Barcelona.”

The conference was followed by a black tie gala dinner.

Long Service Awards:

John Beaumont – 32 years
Paul Beaumont – 32 years
Jenny Murray – 26 years
Diana Woolf – 25 years
Martin Slater – 17 years
Gina Halden – 15 years
Jess Burke – 12 years
Mark Bentley-Fisher – 10 years

Medium Service awards:

Jan Hurst – 9 years
Claire Taylor – 9 years
Claire Buckley – 6 years
Andy Beard – 6 years
Alex Fletcher – 5 years
Marina Puzane – 5 years

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