2016 is the 20th anniversary of Formula Plastics, and to mark the occasion, the whole team was invited to celebrate together for the first time in the firm’s history.
Guests enjoyed a boat trip along the Tyne from Newcastle to Tynemouth, with a celebration meal on board.
And as well as marking 20 years of business success, the injection moulding company based in Newton Aycliffe used the celebrations to reward long-serving staff. Nine members of the team received awards for their long service, each having been with the company for over ten years.
Mark Morley, technical supervisor on collecting his 15 year award said: “I think the awards event was a great way to recognise the loyalty and contribution of the staff with many years of service to the company. It made me reflect on the astronomical changes that I have seen at Formula over these many years and the good times that we’ve shared. Being presented with the award in front of my colleagues made it more memorable.”
Luke Stenger, shift technician, also received a 15 year long service award. The seven staff receiving ten year service awards were: Karen Farlow, accounts controller; assembly operators Margaret Ward, Mavis Stannard and Sharon Kealey; Gerry Booth, shift operator; senior shift operator, Dave Lawrie; and planning and warehouse manager, Nichola Kenny.
This was the first time that Formula Plastics has given length of service awards, and the company now plans to continue to reward staff loyalty in future years.
Feedback from staff after the event was very positive. Sandra Rojna-Przxbyl, shift operator, said: “The event was great, nice food, excellent atmosphere – when can we do it again?”
Leane Raine, shift operator and Stacey Langan production planning administrator enjoyed the atmosphere of the day and being together, giving people working different shifts the opportunity to catch up with colleagues.
Managing director, James Goodliffe, said: “It was a fantastic day and enjoyed by everyone. The boat trip was interesting, good service, the food was great and the atmosphere electric. It was fantastic to see the team bond so well together and have an unforgettable day. I’m already considering what is possible for next year!
“I felt it was important to celebrate both the success of the company and the length of service of our staff. It’s important to remember that our team is our most important and unique asset. How we work together, treat each other and our customers is what makes us successful. As it was to mark our 20th year in business, it was good that we could close most of the business early and take the Friday off. Of course, my thanks to the hard work from everyone to get us ready before hand, and especially to those who stayed at work on Friday to ensure that we could continue to service our customers with on time deliveries.”
The event brings to close another successful year for Formula and it is a positive start to the exciting plans for the next year that will include the addition of new moulding capacity into the factory.