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Ashbourne family firm staff celebrate long service

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

Front row,  from left, with their presentation gifts, Matthew Hatch, Paul Barker, Graham Harrison and Vanessa Woodhall.  Back,  Chris Sellors, Diane Sellors, Rebecca Sellors and James Sellors.

Front row, from left, with their presentation gifts, Matthew Hatch, Paul Barker, Graham Harrison and Vanessa Woodhall. Back, Chris Sellors, Diane Sellors, Rebecca Sellors and James Sellors.

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FOUR staff at Ashbourne family firm CW Sellors Fine Jewellery have notched up 25 years each with the company.

HR and personnel development manager Matthew Hatch, workshop managerPaul Barker, workshop supervisor Graham Harrison and lapidary technician Vanessa Woodhall have all been with the company for a quarter of a century.

To celebrate their long service, each member of the team has been presented with a personalised watch.

Founder and managing director Chris Sellors said: "We are incredibly proud of our long-serving team members.

"We'd like to thank them for their commitment and hard work over the years.

"The business has evolved and expanded exponentially over the past 25 years and our team members have developed in line with that, and I am sure will continue to do so.

"We are committed to personal development and encourage our team to evolve and develop their roles, ensuring sustainability not only from a business point of view but a personnel stance.

"We are a family business and treat our employees as part of that family unit, so we are delighted to have retained these key team members over the years.

"We look forward to their continued involvement in the company for many years to come."

Educated at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Graham joined the business after a stint at Derby College.

During his first year with the company, his studies continued with a silver-smithing course one day a week at Chesterfield College, alongside his in-house training.

Initially working on the lapidary side of the business, he later moved to work in the metal workshop.

His role has now evolved to focus on repairs.

The first to achieve the 25-year milestone, Graham said: "I was really surprised with the presentation of the watch.

"It's great to be recognised for the time I've spent with the business and I'm looking forward to what the future holds for me here."

Vanessa joined the business straight from finishing her studies at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School and was trained in-house through an apprenticeship style on-the-job role, learning all aspects of lapidary work including trimming, grinding, setting, finishing and polishing.

Also QEGS educated, Paul was trained in-house, initially in lapidary.

He has developed to work in all aspects of jewellery-making, including metal work, and has specialist skills in chain-making by hand.

Matthew began his training at the bench as an apprentice stone cutter before he progressed to become the stone workshop supervisor.

After this, he was promoted to workshop manager in 2002. As the company grew, his job moved more towards the HR role that it is today.

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