Trevor Bradley celebrates a record 48 years of service as he retires this month from Birley Manufacturing after spending his whole working career at the Sheffield based firm.
When Trevor started at Birley Manufacturing in 1966 aged just 16, England was celebrating its win in the FIFA World Cup and London’s Carnaby Street was the centre for fashion on both sides of the Atlantic as the nation rocked out to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
A gallon of petrol cost five shillings or 26p and an average house sold for £3,840. How things have changed!
And things have certainly moved on at Birley too.
Over the years the company has gone from strength to strength, diversifying into a broad range of market sectors to become one of the UK’s leading manufacturers for interior environments and rail carriage equipment.
Trevor started with the company in the general office at Barlows, Birley’s sister company, and has worked his way up via various roles to his current position as Payroll Manager in the accounting department.
As Trevor moves on to enjoy more time playing golf and fishing, Birley continues to support the development of young talent with its ongoing apprentice programme.
Joining the ranks this month are three new apprentices – Jake Staniforth, Jake Passfield and Alex Bishop.
Jake Passfield, 17 and Alex, 16, both join as apprentice joiners and Jake Staniforth who is also 17 starts his training as an apprentice welder/fabricator.
Birley managing director, Steve English presented Trevor with a long service gift and thanked him for his commitment and hard work.
“It is thanks to staff members like Trevor that Birley has achieved such success and we wish him the very best as he starts his retirement.
“We are also pleased to welcome on board our latest team members, Jake, Jake and Alex, who represent the next generation, who will assist in taking the Birley reputation for quality workmanship forward to the next level.”
Birley Manufacturing have been specialists in the rail metal fabrication sector for over a decade and are the UK’s largest supplier of under-carriage skirts.
There is not a high speed train (HST) fleet on the network that does not have some of Birley’s under frame skirts fitted.
The company also produces interior environments for some of the country’s biggest high street names such as Barclays, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and NatWest.
Strong management and an evolving team of skilled craftsmen continues to keep Birley ahead of the game.