Two colleagues at Analox have celebrated clocking up 50 years between them at the company.
Mark Kirkbride, a Senior Production Engineer, has been with the business for 20 years, while Julie Brady, currently employed as a Senior Production Technician, has built up a remarkable 30 years.
Both Mark and Julie have seen Analox progress into the international exporter and multi-million-pound turnover business it is today.
Mark began his job at Analox in 1995. After starting off in the test and calibration area he quickly built up a good knowledge of the products. He subsequently became involved in building and setting up a variety of instruments, with his role later expanding into product servicing and repair.
One of his more memorable tasks was the installation of an Analox monitor on a diving support vessel on the Red Sea in Egypt. An emergency situation prevented the vessel from deploying its divers, until Mark arrived with an Analox Hyper-Gas unit in his luggage. His long flight, twenty-four hours without sleep and three-day effort on the boat resulted in success.
Julie joined the business in August 1985 as a 17-year-old Office Junior employed to look after the company’s administration, unaware this was just her first step in a long and impressive career. In 1993 Julie moved from secretarial work to a more hands-on role in the production department, where she has been working ever since.
Both were presented with a commemorative cake and gift vouchers by Managing Director Mark Lewis and Chairman Alan Harbottle.
Mark (Kirkbride) said, “Analox is a dynamic company that continuously improves and evolves. The work and the camaraderie are additional reasons to stay. It’s been really interesting to see the important developments in digital technology over the years and how it’s advanced the business.
“Another important factor for me is the sense of belonging you get here at Analox, we have branded clothing and our offices are purpose built to suit our bespoke business needs.”
Julie commented, “Training and support have always been available whenever new procedures are introduced or new skills are required. Everyone is encouraged to develop their career and make the most of opportunities that become available. I’ve really enjoyed my time here at Analox, as my years of service demonstrate!”
Alan Harbottle said, “We can’t thank Mark and Julie enough for their dedication and hard work towards the company. There have been many changes across the business over the years, notably growth, with a significant amount of staff joining us recently. We’ve had 15 new recruits in the past four months and we hope they remain at the business just as long as Julie and Mark.”
Mark Lewis said, “Analox places a lot of value on the knowledge and capabilities of its workers and it views them as an asset. From its inception in March 1981, Analox has been committed to the development and retention of its workforce, which shows in the long- service records of several colleagues. We congratulate Julie and Mark on their landmark achievements and thank them for their continued hard work.”
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