Palmer and Harvey this month honoured its longest-serving head office employee Peter Falconar who is celebrating 40 years in wholesaling.
Peter’s experience in the industry started at Plymouth-based WC Griffiths and Sons as a trainee accountant where his ability with numbers shone.
“I used to have a competition with a colleague in the office,” says Peter. “She’d add up figures on a calculator and I would read them from a long list upside-down from the opposite side of the desk. We’d have a race to see who could come up with the right answers first. I usually won!” Sadly, he added, the wager was often just 10p!
Palmer and Harvey acquired WC Griffiths in 1984 and Peter moved to head office in Portslade as the field administration manager, where he saw enormous changes in technology, communications and logistics. Calculators changed to computers; hand -picked orders for deliveries changed to machine-driven stock selection; gradually the types of goods changed with the arrival of temperature-controlled vans.
Later, as operations manager, Peter embraced the spirit of change – helping to install all the IT systems in the newly created Brandon branch, incorporating five other sites and heading-up on-site training.
“Peter is, and always has been, a most approachable and friendly colleague and we are delighted to celebrate his very special anniversary as the longest serving employee based at our head office,” says group director of HR, Brian Hurley. “Palmer and Harvey is fortunate to have nearly 100 staff on the payroll across our UK network who’ve worked for us for over 25 years, and we greatly value their commitment and contribution to our business.”
Peter now works on stocks control monitoring for the entire P amp; H operation.