Hambrooks, one of the UK’s largest independent landscaping businesses celebrated 40 years in business by giving over 80 staff the day off. Managing Director Norman Hambrook closed the entire business including the garden centre in Titchfield to enable his staff to enjoy a day of celebrations including awards, entertainment, shows and lunch at the Intech Science & Planetarium Centre in Winchester.
Prize winning speaker Terry Ryan was Master of Ceremonies and his opening comments included, ‘Hambrooks is a business that has stood the test of time and is a business with a vision for the future’. He conducted a lively ‘TV’ sofa style interview with Norman asking him about his forty years in the landscaping industry, his belief in his own vision of what he wanted to achieve and how he managed to not only survive three recessions, but come out stronger each time.
Norman paid tribute to his staff by giving out many awards including several long service awards and talked about his wish to still push the company forward and how it is important not to become caught up with the short term setbacks but vital to concentrate on continuing to make Hambrooks successful in the future.
After a number of entertaining speeches by guest speakers and a 20 minute Cosmic show, Norman made a closing speech where he said, “I want you all to feel proud to be working for Hambrooks because it’s a rare thing for an independently owned company to last 40 years, especially in the landscaping business – but I couldn’t have done it without a great team – you all deserve a pat on the back.”
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