Login | Register Now | Email Us

A long service award with a difference

 25 years with any company is an achievement, traditionally recognised by the award of a watch. But to mark Chris Roscoe’s 25 years’ service, JA Harrison opted for a timepiece of a very different kind.


Chris Roscoe didn’t realise he’d hit the 25 years’ service landmark until JA Harrison Director, Martin Shepherd shook his hand. “He asked me if I wanted a watch,” explains Chris. “I said ‘no thanks, I’ve already got one’.”


Fortunately, Martin already had an alternative planned. “Chris’ wife works with us too,” he says, “and a few weeks ago I asked her what we should give Chris in recognition of his 25 years. By chance, it turned out that Chris had seen a solid stone sundial in a Cheshire reclamation yard and had fallen in love with it, but he had no way of transporting it home.


“So we sent a courier to collect it and bring it back to the workshop, and then we transported it round to Chris’ where it now has pride of place in his front garden.”


Chris has good reason to remember his first visit to JA Harrison. “I got lost,” he recalls, “I ended up wandering around Strangeways looking for the workshop.”


Once he’d found it, he knew he’d found his new home. “I used to work for one of JA Harrison’s suppliers,” says Chris. “They were closing and I didn’t want to be out of work, so one day I called Alan Shepherd (former JA Harrison director and father of current directors Martin and Keith) and he gave me a job. 25 years later, I’m still here.”


For Chris, the reason for his long service is simple: “I enjoy it. You don’t want to be going to work just because you have to. You’ve got to want to go. They treat people right here. I know lots of people in other jobs who dread Monday mornings, but I love them.”


For Martin, the award carries as much significance for JA Harrison as it does for Chris. “I think it shows we’re doing something right, that we’re an organisation people want to devote 25 years of their life to. That’s something we feel really proud of.


“The fact our people stay is really important to us. Chris’ 25 years has meant security for him, but it’s also meant security for us too.” 

More Articles

Information provided will not be shared.
JAH Home | About Us | Products | Work For Us | Quality | Faqs | Contact Us
Follow Us On:
J A Harrison & Co Ltd
Britain Works
Greengate Industrial Estate
Greenside Way, Middleton
Manchester M24 1SW
Tel: 0161 832 2282
Fax: 0161 832 3263
E-mail: enquiries@jaharrison.co.uk
Alliance & Heatshield Engineering
Unit A1 South Point
Foreshore Road
CF10 4SP
Tel: 02920 463303
Fax: 02920 485883

P.O.Box: 390844, Unit 30, Street 22
Al Quoz Industrial Area 3, Dubai, U.A.E.

Tel: +971 4 3474688
Fax: +971 4 3474689

E-mail: info@spirapower.com

Web: www.spirapower.com

More Products:
Spiral wound Gaskets

PTFE Products

Gland Packing

Mechanical Seals

O Rings