CHESTERFIELD Nissan has honoured four staff members who have racked up a combined employment at the dealership of 100 years.
Stewart Crossland joined the Bristol Street Motors site in 1978 as an apprentice, making 2018 his 40th year of employment. During that time, he has had various roles in the parts department, including front counter assistant, looking after exhaust parts and bodyshop worker. He is now the dealership’s parts adviser.
In celebration of his four decades of service, he was invited to lunch with Robert Forrester, chief executive of Bristol Street Motors’ parent company, Vertu Motors.
Also celebrating are assistant accountant Helen Solley, parts adviser Lee Beard and parts manager Pat Goodwin, each of whom has served 20 years at the dealership.
Crossland said: ‘The motor retail industry is ever-changing and that has been very clear in the various roles I have worked in. I am always learning new things, which is challenging, but it keeps my job fresh and exciting.
‘It was great to be invited to the long-service lunch by Robert and to spend time with other colleagues who are celebrating the jobs that that they have loved for a number of years.’
David Jenkins, general manager of the Derbyshire dealership, added: ‘I’ve worked with Stewart for the last two years and I’ve yet to meet anyone else with the knowledge and experience he has. He is definitely the go-to guy for our technicians and service advisers.
‘Stewart is more than happy to support and help train any new starters we bring in to the team and is a huge support to the business. I have to say, it’s a pleasure having him with us and we are definitely a much better team for having him in it.’
Pictured from left are Lee Beard, Robert Forrester, Pat Goodwin, Stewart Crossland and Helen Solley