​Long service is the name of the game at Barrett-Lee

Published on: 07/04/16 11:32:am

Members of staff at a long-established Suffolk garage have completed nearly 200 years of combined service between them.

Adam Beecroft, 47, parts manager at Sudbury’s Barrett-Lee Garage was recently presented with a long service award after completing 30 years with the company. However, Mr Beecroft’s long service is not a rare thing at the garage with 10 members of staff being with the company 10 years or more.

Director Michael Holt has been with the company 34 years, whilst workshop foreman Simon Parsons has been with the company 31 year and his wife Hazel, a forecourt manager, for 25 years. Debbie Smith, a forecourt operative, has been with the company 19 years and fellow operative Monika Stefanakova 11 years. Technicians Mark Downes and Michael Notley have been with Barrett-Lee for 12 and 11 years. Service advisor Carl Sibbons joined the company 15 years ago, followed by Carly Ashdown, accounts, 11 years ago.

Mr Holt said: “When we recently presented Adam with reward we started talking about how long other members of staff had been here and realised just how long people had been with the company. Nearly all members of staff have been here 10 years or more and some more than 30 years. We feel the length of time people are staying with us is quite an achievement for a small, close-knit company such as this. We are very proud to be able to offer people genuine lifelong job opportunities, suggesting we are a good company to work for.”

For the past 20 years Barrett-Lee has been based at Byford Road operating as an independent garage servicing and repairing cars and vans. The company is a market leader in specialised services for makes such as BMW, Jaguar, Audi and Land Rover. Prior to its move to Byford Road, the company was an Austin Rover, later a Nissan, dealership based at Northern Road on the Chilton Industrial Estate.


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