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Tribute to loyalty; Staff's long service wins its reward.

NINETY years' sterling service has been celebrated in style by a Darlington company recognising the contribution of its longest-serving staff.

BiB Insurance Brokers marked the stability of its workforce with a special party.

Seven employees collected cash rewards for reaching the ten years' service milestone, while one doubled the feat with a 20-year total - just five years short of the age of the company.

Martin Littleton, managing director of BiB, said: "In today's business world keeping staff is an achievement worth celebrating.

"Not many companies recognise long service nowadays. To me it says something about BiB that people are happy here and want to stay."

Mr Littleton said staff retention was particularly impressive, against a backdrop of work pressure created by the firm's five-year plan.

"We have been expanding rapidly as part of the plan which has required a high degree of commitment by staff," he explained.

"Doing this and keeping everyone happy is part of the challenge employers face today."

He added the company was proud to be one business where employees are happy in their work.

"We look for staff who are smart, ambitious and, most importantly, nice people and strive to have a happy working environment," he said.

"Research shows that only one in four workers enjoys their job so we consider ourselves fortunate that people are content here."

Celebrating 20 years at BiB, Patricia Witty, receptionist at the company's Northgate office, said: "I think it is lovely that the company recognises our loyalty and work over the years.

"There is a lot to be said for experience and it's rewarding to know we are appreciated."

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EXPERIENCED HANDS: Being thanked for their years of service to the company are, left to right, Paul Littleton, Margaret France, Neale Wytcherley, Patricia Witty, Phil Darnton, Suzanne Hesketh and BiB managing director Martin Littleton
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 17, 2007
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