Long-serving employees might be seen as a thing of the past, but not at Arnold Laver Timber World.

More than 50 members of staff from Arnold Laver’s depots in Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Chesterfield and Hull have each clocked-up more than 25 years service with the company – equating to at least 1,250 years at the national timber merchants.

Around 20 employees are based at Arnold Laver Timber World’s depot at Mosborough, Sheffield.

Ian Drayner, 46, is one member of staff currently based at Mosborough with 30 years employment after spending more than 20 years at Arnold Laver Timber World’s Chesterfield-site.

He said: “Arnold Laver Timber World has always had a family feel about it.

“There is a good group of people here who have worked at the company for 25 years plus, which signals a settled workforce. It helps build a rapport with customers who get to know you and appreciate you know what you are talking about.”

Ian from Chesterfield, who joined Arnold Laver in the late 1970s following a short stint at a hosiery factory, admits the timber trade industry has changed dramatically.

He added: “Technology has really moved forward in recent years with new machines and timber plants coming in and boosting production. It has made our working lives easier, safer and more environmentally friendly.”

Arnold Laver’s Managing Director, Andrew Laver, says: “The amount of staff staying with the company for such a long time is remarkable and probably quite unique in this day and age.

“I am pleased that so many people enjoy working at Arnold Laver. They are the backbone of our organisation, providing the day-to-day contact with our loyal customers. Without them we wouldn’t have been able to build on our success.”

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