Employees at Taylor Wimpey have marked more than 300 years of combined service for the house builder behind high quality developments in Leicestershire.
Taylor Wimpey in the East Midlands has paid tribute to its longest-serving members of staff after they chalked up more than 300 years of dedicated service to the house builder.
Just nine workers based around the region, including one with a property in Leicestershire, have combined service records amounting to a staggering 319 years, with individual careers ranging from 28 to 45 years - and counting.
One of the long-serving staff members is production director David Beeston, from Nether Broughton, Leicestershire, who has just celebrated his 39th anniversary as a Taylor Wimpey employee.
Dominic Harman, managing director of Taylor Wimpey in the East Midlands, which has its headquarters near Fosse Park, Leicester, says: "David is a valued member of our regional board of directors and has risen through the ranks from a site engineer to become a leading production director within the Taylor Wimpey group.
"The success of any organisation is built on the quality of its people, and it's a tremendous honour to congratulate the longest-serving members of our team who have provided the solid foundations for this business and our customers over many, many years.
"These days in our industry, it's rare to hear of such commitment and loyalty from one person to a single company. To have nine staff members with an average of 35 years of service each under their belts is an achievement that really is worth celebrating.
"As a business, Taylor Wimpey in the East Midlands is totally devoted to providing a climbing frame for all of our staff, giving them all the support, training and encouragement they need to progress, from whatever their first role is, so that they can go as far within the company as their abilities will take them - and it's wonderful to see this investment in people rewarded with such dedicated service."
Beeston, 56, is a father of three and a grandfather of two, and lives with his wife in the village of Nether Broughton, near Melton Mowbray.
He joined Taylor Wimpey (then known as George Wimpey) in 1972 as a junior site engineer, progressing through the ranks to site manager and production manager, before taking on his current role.
Away from his busy working life as a production director for Taylor Wimpey, Beeston likes to relax by gardening and tending to his allotment.
"Taylor Wimpey in the East Midlands is a large local company which enjoys national support, we have with a family atmosphere, a strong team ethos and a real sense of loyalty among its staff - and I think that's what has made us so successful within the Taylor Wimpey group," says Beeston.
"While I have been here, it's been great to have seen so many people progress and I would say that the majority of managers have come through the company by achieving promotion from within.
"My biggest source of satisfaction is helping my staff to develop - it's what switches me on in my job. My ambition is to ensure that all the site managers who work for me achieve success through professional qualifications, NHBC (National House Building Council) Pride in the Job Quality Awards and customer care awards - and I'm pleased to say that I'm very nearly there."
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