ScS employee Lesley Sheraton is celebrating 40 years’ service at the UK’s leading sofa and carpet specialist, becoming the group’s longest serving employee.

Lesley joined the A. Share & Sons family business in 1975 as an office junior working for Alan Share and his mother Esther based then in Blandford Street, Sunderland. Mike Browne, a former MD, also joined the business that year, introducing the ScS brand and concept of specialising in upholstery, at the company’s first flagship store in Sunderland, where ScS still trades from today.

Having joined the business aged 16, Lesley worked her way up at the retailer’s head office, now in Villiers Street, Sunderland, to her current role as PA to the group’s chief executive, David Knight, and assistant company secretary to Ron Turnbull, finance director and company secretary. Today, she also manages a team of people and plays an intrinsic role in the smooth and efficient running of its headquarters.

Lesley says: “I’m extremely proud to be part of the success of this fantastic business, from one north-east store in Sunderland to 96 nationwide and becoming a major UK sofa and carpet specialist. Whilst there have been a number of changes and challenges during my time with the business, in my experience the key to its longevity and success is the passion and commitment from its employees, and the high number of very long serving employees is testament to that. One of the many highlights of working here was the company’s return to the London Stock Exchange in January of this year, and I am confident the company will go from strength to strength.”

At the same time Lesley becomes the group’s current longest-serving employee the business also celebrates 40 years of the ScS brand.

David Knight, ScS chief executive, says: “Our people are at the heart of the ScS business and it’s down to them that we’re able to celebrate ScS being 40 years old. I would like to thank all those who have supported the business over the past 40 years whether as a customer, colleague or stakeholder. It’s great that at the same time we celebrate being 40 as a business that one of our team also celebrates 40 years’ service. Lesley is a wonderful example of someone who has helped grow and develop our business, she is truly a huge asset to us and her work ethic and understanding of the importance of our customers is unquestionable. This ethic has enabled her to become a very valued senior member of our team.”