Glasswells employee Richard Ball, who started working at the home furnishing store straight from school, is retiring after 50 years of service at the family-run Bury St Edmunds retailer.
Richard's five decades have seen him execute more than 14 roles in eight stores. Having started as a Saturday boy at Glasswells’ original shop in Brentgovel Street in 1968, Richard has managed stores across the region including Saffron Walden, Sudbury and Norwich, and was invited to join the board of directors in 2012.
As he prepares to leave his position as buying director, Richard says: “I think the time is right to retire, but I will be leaving with mixed feelings as I have loved my time at Glasswells. I remember leaving school in Bury on the Friday afternoon and then starting full time at Glasswells the next day, after seeing a job advert in the Bury Free Press.
“It has always been a family business with strong family values. Paul Glasswell is actively involved in the running of the business, as was his father Leslie, and the fact they care so much is one reason why it has been a great place to work.”
MD Paul Glasswell comments: “Richard’s adaptability has played such a big part in the success of Glasswells. He has always shown great willingness to take on a new role, even if it might have been alien to him in the first place. He has then used all his experience to become an expert in that role.
“He has gained an awful lot of respect over the years from his colleagues and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”