Dedicated dozen receive awards

Susan Murphy, Sandra Burrows, Cath Barkley, Darren Tarpey, Catherine McCormick, Jean Liptrot and Karen Smith
Susan Murphy, Sandra Burrows, Cath Barkley, Darren Tarpey, Catherine McCormick, Jean Liptrot and Karen Smith

A DEDICATED dozen have been honoured by high street retail giant after they each clocked up a quarter of a century’s service.

They were part of a mass celebration organised by Asda in its home city of Leeds.

The 12 long-serving workers from Asda’s Wigan Soho Street store enjoyed a fantastic day out as part of Asda’s ‘Big Anniversary’ event, receiving VIP treatment for their combined 300 years of service.

In all, more than 1,000 dedicated Asda colleagues took part in the annual celebration, now in its 13th year of recognising colleagues with 25, 30, 40 and even 45 years of service with the business.

The 12 Wigan staff celebrating the 25 years milestone were: Darren Tarpey, Maureen Collier, Catherine McCormick, Susan Murphy, Catherine Barkley, Karen Smith, Jean Liptrot, Pauline Davies, Theresa Edwarson, Jeanette Bristow, Sandra Burrows, and Richard Conroy.

They were personally thanked by Asda bosses, including CEO, Andy Clarke, and received a presentation in front of their peers.

Store manager Simon O’Hara said: “It is fantastic that our CEO, Andy Clarke, was there to thank our colleagues personally.

“Our customers always tell me that it is the familiar faces that give the store such a good atmosphere, and I’m certainly proud to work with such a great bunch of colleagues.”

Asda has one of the lowest staff turnover rates in the retail sector, with over 50 per cent (102,000) of its 180,000 colleagues possessing five or more years experience with the business.

The Annual ‘Big Anniversary’ celebration is just one of the ways Asda recognises the efforts of these long-serving colleagues, who also received an extra week’s holiday and £300 each. Asda is renowned for recruiting its colleagues for attitude and then training them with the skills they need to forge a long and successful career in retail.

As a result, Asda benefits from a diverse range of staff, from a variety of different backgrounds and ages. Over 23 per cent of Asda colleagues are over the age of 51, for example, with 1,577 over the age of 70 and 82 over the age of 80.