Wednesday, 31 August 2016

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.


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