A Leeds Marks & Spencer employee has celebrated 25 years in her job with an exclusive champagne reception in London.
Nicola Dixon started work at M&S Leeds in 1988 when the clothes rails were filled with shoulder pads, denim jackets and ripped acid washed jeans and has seen many changes at her M&S store over the years – including the fashions!
Along with 118 other long-serving colleagues from across the UK who, between them, share 3,160 years of experience with the company, Nicola was invited by Marks & Spencer Chief Executive Marc Bolland to attend a champagne and canapés reception at the high street retailer’s London headquarters.
Nicola was able to experience the event before taking in a West End Show.
“I’ve always loved my job and so this trip to London was the real icing on the cake after 25 wonderful years.”
Nicola was one of 104 employees celebrating 25 years’ service, but there were also 14 staff who attended the event to celebrate 40 years with Marks & Spencer.
With the help of an exhibition set up by The M&S Company Archive in Leeds, all of them were able to reminisce about their early days with M&S.
Sacha Berendji, M&S director of retail, said:
“We’re incredibly proud of our loyal workforce and we always enjoy recognising and celebrating important milestones, like today when our colleagues achieve 25 and 40 years’ service with M&S.
“To be raising a glass with well over a hundred staff this year is a real testament to the quality and dedication of our employees.
“Our stores have evolved significantly over the years, but good customer service is, and has always been, central to everything we do at M&S.”
The origins of the M&S Long Service Celebration date back to 1918, when an employee was awarded a gold watch for 25 years loyal service to the company.
Since then the awards have become an established Marks & Spencer tradition. Over the years, almost 19,000 employees have celebrated 25 years of service, and over 1,000 employees have worked at the retailer for 40 years.
Last year, for the first time, two employees reached 50 years with the company.