Workers at an East Yorkshire poultry business rewarded for long service

Twelve employees at a Driffield poultry business were rewarded for their long service recently.

Soanes Poultry’s nights and logistics manager, Neil Mennell and production manager, Allison Clark both received awards for achieving 20 years’ service whilst another 10 members of the 120 strong team were rewarded with a bonus for having ten or more years’ service.

Soanes Poultry’s MD, Nigel Upson was delighted to launch the new 10 years’ service reward initiative at the company’s annual party.

He said: “Historically, we have only given rewards for 20 years’ service and above, but when we totted up the years, we realised that there were a lot of the team, particularly people working in the factory, who had been with us for well over 10 years. We have now instigated an annual reward scheme to celebrate team members who have been with us for a decade.”

Members of the team who were rewarded included operational and dispatch personnel, Piotr Trzeciak, Simon Vint, Simon Atkinson, Marek Ulaszek, Baby Chako Chelackal, Daniel Spohny, Kimberley Vincent-Allison, Stasys Kybartas and Lee Eastwood; maintenance and cleaning staff, Bestwn Kdr and Petra Kdr plus Head of sales and marketing, Ben Lee.

Mr Upson concluded: “Many of these loyal, long serving team members have progressed within the business and it’s great to see these people thrive and grow along with us.

“15 people, or 13% of our team, have worked for Soanes for a combined total of 265 years! That’s an amazing achievement and one that I’m very proud of. Long may it continue.”

The long service news comes on the back of the launch of new People and Culture initiative that has been designed to attract and retain staff at the award winning business.

Soanes Poultry is a family owned business that has been rearing and preparing chicken for 73 years. It supplies butchers and independent retailers in Yorkshire and wholesalers nationwide.

Photo: Long serving employees at Soanes Poultry Ben Lee, Simon Vint, Petra Kdr, Daniel Spolny and Pitor Trzeciak 

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