Very rarely these days do you have companies who can boast that their staff retention is key to their success.
Here at Rawleys we have spent the last 56 years ensuring that our ethos of happy staff = happy customers is consistently maintained as the foundation to our company.
So it is with a heavy heart that we say farewell and happy retirement to our longest serving member of staff. Howard Rawley picks up the story of Tony Mitchell who joined Rawley Plant Ltd in 1969.
Tony Mitchell With the Four Managing Directors of Rawley Plant (L-R Malcolm Hodges (Retired), Brian Lance (Retired), Tony Mitchell, Colin Rawley (Founder), Howard Rawley (Current Managing Director))
Tony Mitchell's Retirement Dinner (L-R Helen Rawley-Prior, Colin Rawley, Brian Lance, Malcolm Hodges, Moira Russell, Tony Mitchell, Marie Barrett)
Howard Rawley said, “A momentous thing happened this week in the company’s 56-year history – we said goodbye to our longest serving member of staff – apart from Colin Rawley, our founder.
Tony Mitchell retired after giving the company 48 years’ service as Credit Controller. During this time Tony also had responsibilities for IT and general sales & purchase ledger functions in the accounts department. Tony joined the company in February 1969 at its Durham Road site in Laindon as a 16 year old, after completing a very short period of employment with the Post Office. Since that time, Tony has seen many changes in the business that started as a family builder and plant hire company to the site accommodation, toilet and welfare unit hire specialist that it is today. He has also served under four different managing directors, all of whom were present for Tony’s farewell leaving lunch held at The Bell Public House, Horndon on the Hill.
Colin Rawley, the company’s Chairman, reported that it was Tony’s good, sound credit control practices that have helped enable the company to weather the various economic storms that have come our way over the years and keep bad debts to a minimum. Tony was thanked for his hard work and loyalty over the years – 48 years is certainly a lifetime’s work and very few people can claim to have spent this with the same employer! What an achievement”!
Tony plans to spend more time with his family and grandchildren.
We wish him all the best in his retirement and look forward to him popping in occasionally for a coffee.