I’Anson Brothers Ltd, one of the UK’s leading, independent, family-owned farm feeds businesses, honoured five of its employees this week for their outstanding long service to the company.
Having worked at the Masham based company for a combined total of 145 years, the five long servers were presented with awards during the company’s away day, held at the Forbidden Corner, near Leyburn in the Yorkshire Dales.
The day saw staff and their families attempting to solve the attraction’s many puzzles before enjoying a barbeque, music from a local singer/songwriter and the ceremony, which saw the long servers presented with a gold Britannia coin and certificate commemorating their commitment.
The company employs 72 people and places a high value on staff retention, with the entire staff clocking up over 1,000 years of service – equating to an average of 14 years each.
Three of the five members of staff receiving awards have enjoyed more than 30 years at I’Anson Brothers. Howard Jackson, the company’s ‘grain trader’ responsible for purchasing all cereal and pulses, has logged over 31 years of service while Barry Shield, a senior sales representative, and Paul Morris, who specialises in overseeing the bulk loading of lorries on site, have both spent 30 years at the company.
Two other employees were rewarded for service of over 25 years. Kevin Jones, supervisor of the micronizing plant, and Sharon Chapman, office manager, have enjoyed 26 and 28 years at the company respectively.
Commenting on the long service awards, I’Anson Brothers chairman and managing director Chris I’Anson, said: “As a family company, I’Anson Brothers prides itself on traditional values and the happiness of our employees. It’s incredibly heartening to see our way of working is paying off, with these five having been here now for over 25 years and many others not far behind them.
“We endeavour to make this a place people enjoy working at, both in terms of career satisfaction and overall business success. I’m happy to report both are going well at the moment and we are not standing still and are constantly looking at ways to innovate and improve the business.
”Now into its second century of business, I’Anson Brothers is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of animal feedstuffs and has been serving farmers in Yorkshire and the North of England since 1900 when it was founded in Masham. The business is highly regarded for its high quality product range and commitment to outstanding customer service.
In 2008, the firm was awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category in recognition of its development of the revolutionary quick-soaking sugar beet feed Speedi-Beet, which has become a market leader in the demanding equine feed sector. Speedi-Beet is now exported to 26 countries, including Australia, the USA, and Canada, along with many across the Middle East and Europe.
I’Anson Brothers Ltd is one of the UK’s most successful specialist suppliers of farm feeds for sheep, dairy and beef cattle as well as micronized ingredients.