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Birthday, loyalty and retirement celebrations for Jennings’ employee

Jennings Motor Group’s Philip Johnston

Workshop controller Philip Johnston scored a hat-trick of celebrations at Jennings Motor Group when he marked his 65th birthday, 15 years’ loyalty, and his retirement on the same day.

Johnston had worked at the group’s service department on Parsons Road in Washington since 2002, after starting as a workshop controller.

In recent years, he also became involved in the parts side of the business, as well as helping out with visual health check work within the busy service department.

On the day of his retirement, he was greeted with both birthday and retirement balloons and banners, cards, a cake, gifts, and a loyalty certificate and high street vouchers, courtesy of his colleagues at the Washington-based dealership who wanted to make it a day to remember.

Johnston said: “It was a lovely surprise and quite an emotional day. 

“I have made many friends over the years at Washington, as well as witnessing a lot of changes within the company as a result of expansion and investment plans, as well as having to adapt to new technology.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their very kind wishes and generous gifts.”

Three members of staff, including service manager, June Appleyard, group service and bodyshop manager, Brian Johnston and group manager service analyst, Alan Davison, have all been managers to Phil over the years and they were all delighted to be part of the surprise presentation and party celebrations.

Jennings Motor Group’s  service manager at the Washington-based site June Appleyard said: “Phil has been an absolute pleasure to work with over the years, and he’s going to be a tremendous miss in the department. 

"On behalf of the company and all of his colleagues at Washington, I would like to congratulate him on his birthday milestone, as well as achieving 15 years’ loyalty, but most important of all I would like to wish him a very healthy and happy retirement.

“It’s not every day, you have three reasons to celebrate!”

Pictured: (centre) Philip Johnston with (left) Brian Johnston, group service and bodyshop manager, (right) June Appleyard, service manager and members of the team at Jennings Motor Group’s service department in Washington.

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  • Bill Fotsch - 15/12/2017 14:10

    Employee celebrations are fine. Empowering employees to think and act like owners, driving and participating in the profitable growth of the company, is better. Industry leaders like Southwest Airlines, Capital One and BHP Billiton, (clients of mine), and hundreds of private companies treat their employees like trusted business partners, enabling them to make more money for their company and themselves. They consistently see both profits and engagement soar. This Forbes article provides more background: