Glasswells home furnishings store has presented Graham Vale, deputy carpet manager at its Bury St Edmunds showroom, with an award for 50 years of service.
Graham started his Glasswells career rearranging furniture around the Glasswells St Andrews Street store in 1973. In 1979 he helped open a new store in Sudbury, and has been selling carpet and flooring ever since.
When the carpet department moved to the Newmarket Road showroom in 1998, Graham was appointed deputy manager.
Throughout the years, he has trained up colleagues within the department, promoting his leadership skills and sharing his wealth of experience.
MD Paul Glasswell says: “Graham is an incredibly kind, reliable and hardworking man. His comprehensive knowledge is an asset to Glasswells and our customers, as well as the department. He is always willing to accept a challenge and help everyone within the team overcome anything that the customers and their floors put in front of us. He has been invaluable to our success in becoming the largest carpet retailer in Suffolk.”
Graham will celebrate the milestone with a gift of holiday vouchers.
Paul concludes: "At Glasswells we pride ourselves on the knowledge, experience and exceptional customer service that our staff can offer our customers. That is what sets us apart from other retailers and makes our stores the very best home furnishings stores in East Anglia. Our long-serving staff list is really rather extraordinary and it’s very satisfying for myself and the family that so many of our colleagues have enjoyed being at Glasswells for such a large part of their working life."