Two employees from Lynn have had their staying power recognised by the electricity company they work for after clocking up 80 years service between them.
Area manager Paul Habbin and faults scheduler Andy Bowen both started work for UK Power Networks in 1976.
The company, which delivers electricity to eight million customers across East Anglia, London and the South East through its vast infrastructure of overhead power lines, underground cables and substations, rewards staff who have given 40 years of continuous service at a special 40+ Club event.
Paul joined as an apprentice in Peterborough. He has had various engineering jobs throughout his 40 years in the industry in Pinner, Hemel, Lynn, Norwich and Bury St Edmunds before taking on the role of Cambridge area manager ten years ago.
He said: “The best parts of the job are working with a great team and learning something new every day.”
Andy began working in customer services then joined the planning department in 1987.
During his 40 years in the industry, when he has worked in Lynn, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge and Norwich. He has also been a safety representative and had several other roles before becoming a faults scheduler 16 years ago.
Andy said: “I have seen a lot of changes – when I joined it was a nationalised industry but then the company was privatised and has had several different owners. One of the biggest changes has been in IT – the first computers were being installed in Lynn when I joined.”
Basil Scarsella, chief executive at UK Power Networks, said: “I’m proud to have such loyal and committed staff as Paul and Andy, who have given years of continuous service to their local communities and the electricity distribution industry. Their knowledge and experience is first-class.
“That’s why we created the 40+ Club in 2012 to thank employees like them for their excellent contribution in keeping the lights on. It is vital work that usually goes unseen and they thoroughly deserve our recognition.”
There are currently over 400 employees in the 40+ Club at UK Power Networks, a company named as a top 25 Best Big Companies to Work in 2015 and 2016 partly due to its industry-leading staff development and engagement initiatives.