Friday, 23 December 2016

Sidhil's Christmas festivities 2016!

We love Christmas here at Sidhil! Any reason to get dressed up, eat more and have a few (too many) drinks!! Well this year we have partied and celebrated hard from full on company Christmas parties to our Service and Maintenance Team and our Service Centre Managers! Here are a few of our Christmas pics!
James finally let us get a Christmas tree (Ive been asking for 9 years!!) #Scrooge
Our Sidhil staff Christmas Do at 53 Degrees north - It was a right good do with a great turn out!! 
A rose between two thorns...!!
Christmas Cracker fun! Little things and all that!!
As if Santa hasn't got enough on his shoulders Scott Thomas!! 
David, Jim and Lee in their Christmas get up!
James, Scott and Colin enjoying a cheeky pint!
Mark, Scott (again!!) and David - Is that Santa peeping through or are you just pleased to see us!! 
I don't know where they picked up these three lushes from!!
Oh wait a minute its Nicola , Nicola and Gemma!!
Bobs pulled a couple of crackers this year!! Look at his face, he's chuffed!!!

Julie Field completes the Great North Run in a fantastic time!

Julie Field our Export Manager would like to thank all those who kindly supported her fundraising efforts for the Forget-me-Not Hospice, whether through guessing her time or through her Just Giving page.

Julie raised an amazing £400.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of taking part in the GNR and would recommend it to anybody! The crowds are amazingly supportive!

I was also very pleased to complete the race in a slightly faster time than I had predicted, despite the warm temperatures on the day!

My official finishing time is 1hr33.10 so the winner of my little competition is Clive Siddall who guessed a very optimistic time of 1hr30.01!! Well done Clive!  The runner-up prize goes to Sarah Gent-Hulme who guessed 1h45.29!"

Julie Field - Export Sales Manager

Julie looking fantastic after completing the13.1 mile run!! 

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Sidhil's Great North Run Team!!

This year Simon Hey and Julie Field are taking part in the Great North Run in support of our chosen charity The Forget Me Not Hospice! They have been training incredibly hard for the event and they deserve our support! below are their just giving pages, please sponsor them a couple of quid or whatever you have and lets help them reach their sponsorship targets!!

Simon Hey:

Julie Field:

Thank you!

David Short does 25 years at Sidhil...!

David Short has just celebrated his 25th year working at Sidhil.    David started at Sidhil on the 29th July 1991 and has seen many changes in the years  he has been here, we asked David a few questions about his 25 years at Sidhil and  how things have changed...
David Short

Q: What date did you start at Sidhil? 
A: 29th July 1991 
Info: This was the summer that Bryan Adams' - 'Everything I Do' was at No.1 for 16 weeks / Some of the current Sidhil staff weren't even born!!

Q: Where were you based?
A: Boothtown – Assembly depot + office.
Info: Sidhil made the move to our existing HQ in 2001 because the company had outgrown its existing premises.

Q: How many employees did Sidhil have then? 
A: We had around 90 employees in the factory and factory office, we didn't have the Service and Maintenance Division and there were only about five Territory Sales Managers out on the road.
Info: We now have 204 employees in total at Sidhil including 9 Territory Sales Managers.

Q: Who was your boss? 
A: The factory Manager at that point was Clive Siddall, my supervisor when I started was a gentleman called Ken Morton,  Richard Hanson (now a transport driver) was the store man and Simon Hey (now Dispatch Manager) was the textile supervisor.
Info: Clive Siddall is now retired but both Richard Hanson and Simon Hey still work at Sidhil and have both celebrated 25 years!

Q: What job roles have you had sine been at Sidhil? 
A: Assembler, Supervisor (packing/despatch), Sales Office Administrator and then Supervisor, Service Centre Manager and now current role. 
Info: David was the first Service Centre Manager in our first Service Centre in Halifax.  We now have 7 Service Centres all with different Managers.

Q: What have been your highs of working at Sidhil?  
A: Watching the company grow and develop, the factory, the sales team and especially how much the service division has grown from one man and a van (Scott Heaton) to what we have now. Also watching how people have grown and developed like James Ibbotson from putting together catalogues to now been MD, Clive Siddall from Factory Manager to Sales & Marketing Director to now being semi-retired and Gemma Hartley from Service Office Manager to now been Service Director.  
Info: We now have 85 staff in our Service and Maintenance Division.

Q: What has been the biggest change? 
A: Moving premises to Holmfield, the opening of all the Service Centres and the growth Sidhil has had.
Info: Sidhil had a turnover of £2m in 1991 compared to a turnover of £25m in 2015.

Q: Can you manage another 25 years??? 
A: Perhaps another 10 depends on the wife!

Congratulations David and well done from your friends and colleagues at Sidhil.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Sidhil Celebrate being from Yorkshire!

Being a traditional Yorkshire manufacturing company it seemed only right that we donned our flat caps and tweed jackets and celebrated Yorkshire day in style!!

As with all of our one day events, the main objective is to raise money for Forget Me not Hospice in any way possible and we did that! We raised an impressive £96 from our raffle, Yorkshire goodies and dress down!

Congratulations to our raffle winners:

338 – Yorkshire Lad Mug  - Lauren

259 – Yorkshire Lass mug - Hannah

372 – Yorkshire phrase book – Lynne D (Even though we think she wrote it)

347 – Parkin  - Jenny G

262 – Flapjack – Hannah 

YES Hannah won twice and NO it wasn’t a fix!! (So she says…😉)

Hannah with her Yorkshire lass mug!
Jenny with her Yorkshire Parkin and Lauren with her Yorkshire man mug! 
Lynne D's prize, written by Lynne D!!
 Congratulations to team Service who won the quiz!

Rachel, Lianne and Lauren
Thanks to everyone that took part.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Kim's done the Leeds 10k!!!

On Sunday I ran the Leeds 10k (for the 2nd time i might add 😳).  It was hard and I didn't really enjoy very much of it (apart from when i saw the finish line in my sights!!). But I did it, and have survived to tell my tale!!

A few things made me laugh (and spurred me on) as i was running (fast walking) around the 6 mile marathon...

1. A t-shirt saying: Run Now... Wine later!!!
2. The guy in the Minion costume that was ALWAYS slightly ahead of me!!
3. Another t-shirt (that i passed actually!!) saying... I run, I'm slower than a turtle but i run...
4. And finally the people doing it that were in wheel chairs, disabled, or that actually couldn't walk very well, never mind run, these people were an inspiration and made me think... come on Kimbers get those legs moving!!!!

I raised £730 for Forget Me not Hospice, thanks to everyone that sponsored me!!

I think its time someone else volunteered to do it next year...!!!!

Me and my running partner Dawn Crowther (Sister in law!) proudly wearing our medals!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Dream Team Presentation 2015/16

We have now come to the end of another year of our Fantasy Football Tournament 2015/16, below are some facts and figures:

43 people joined the team in 2015 (down from 50 members in the previous year)

The Seasons Managers of the month were as follows:

August: Paul Blackburn with 222 points

September: Mick O'Conner with 173 points

October: Danny n Begun with 286 points

November: Danny n Begun with 201 points

December: Howard Wilkinson with 348 points

January: Richard Locker with 247 points

February: Matt Ward with 268 points

March: Liam Borla-Tridan with 245 points

April: Paul Blackburn with 376 points

May: Victoria Gravenor with 144 points

Most points scored in one month - Paul Blackburn - April - 367 points!!

The consistently bad award goes to:
Bottom of the table throughout the season was Clive Siddall due to the fact that his team consists of as many ex-Leeds players as possible!! Clives team is consistently bad... in 2011/12 he came 3rd from the bottom, in 2012/13 he redeemed himself coming 45 out of 52 and in 2013/14 he came dead last... again!! Well done Clive. 

And now the winners of our Fantasy Football Tournament 2015/16

Third place: Liam Borla-Tridan
Team Name: Busby Babes
Points: 2127
Prize: £50 House of Fraser Vouchers

Second place: Luke Hegarty
Team Name: Marching on together
Points: 2133
Prize: £70 of Asos Vouchers

FIRST PLACE: Kimberley Crowther
Team Name: Princess Men
Points: 2146
Prize: £200 Hotel Vouchers 
Kimberley also has her name on the champion shield and will keep the shield for 12 months.


The 2016/17 Fantasy Football Tournament will be starting soon, lets try and get some new members joining in this year, its good fun and there are some fantastic prizes up for grabs - £5 per team.

A big thank you to Paul Blackburn for organising and running the tournament and to his wife who made the delicious cupcakes for the presentation today, they were very much appreciated!!