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Picador plc stalwart retires after 54 years at the same dealership

Picador plc managing director, Sir Robert Oakeley Bt; finance director, Neal Cruse; Betty Williams; and chief executive, Graham Jacobs

Picador plc stalwart Betty Williams decided it was now or never if she was to fulfil her ambition of retiring and paying a pilgrimage to Nashville – after working at the same dealership for 54 years.

The 72-year-old Elvis Presley fan, started work at the tender age of just 18 working on the switchboard from the then petrol station on Portsmouth Road, Sholing – now commonly known as Picador Vauxhall. 

During her half-century career Betty has predominantly worked in sales and purchase ledger but has got stuck in wherever required.  

Commenting on her retirement, Williams said: “I’ve made lifelong friends, met some fantastic people and truly enjoyed every moment. 

“Working for over 50 years you get to see and do a lot but I’ve always been happy to learn new skills.  I’m sad to leave but I know the business is in good hands.”

Graham Jacobs, Picador Plc chief executive, added: “I’ve known Betty all my life, she’s seen me grow up and it’s been a pleasure to work with her.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her service at Picador and we all wish her well in her retirement.”

Williams has no plans to slow down with several trips already organised. 

A massive Elvis fan, Betty is heading to Memphis, as well as Nashville and trips across Europe.

Picador Vauxhall is part of Picador Plc which represents Vauxhall, Renault and Dacia with locations in Southampton, Chandlers Ford, Winchester and Lyndhurst. 

Picador is one of the longest serving Vauxhall Retailers in the country.      

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