Saxonby staff conference, July 2015
Saxonby held its inaugural staff conference at the beginning of July. Despite some initial trepidation by employees not familiar with the process, the day turned out to be huge success, with the whole team happily interacting and very pleased the outcomes from the event.
Director Andy Copson said: “We closed all of our operations for the day, which effectively amounted to over £10K of lost income. However, the day was so successful in terms of the team working together and understanding each other’s day to day challenges, we feel that this cost will soon be recovered through improved business efficiency. Our aim when we established Saxonby was and continues to be a people-orientated company where everyone is part of a family and responsible for the progress and success of the business. We are passionate about our people highlighted, for example, by our excellent staff retention rate. Although hugely significant, it is the tip of the iceberg and a reflection of what happens underneath the water line, so to speak, where we ensure Saxonby is a safe, progressive, sustainable and happy place to work.”
The Saxonby directors admire and aspire to the John Lewis Partnership business model whereby each employee part-owns the company, takes a share of its annual profits, follows a progressive career routes and has a say in how it is run. “In creating this model we are investing in our workforce and so potentially heightening both productivity and profits, from which everyone will benefit,” added Copson.
The staff conference also coincided with Pak Wong’s 60th birthday. Pak is Saxonby’s commercial director, so in keeping with tradition and on reaching a suitable milestone, he was presented with a big cake!