“I love carpets me!” Gretchen celebrates 30 years with North East icon
Gretchen Wardman is celebrating 30 years of loyal service with one of the North East’s most recognisable brands, Frank’s the Flooring Store. Having started as an Administrator with the business back in 1989, her hard work, dedication and loyalty are being recognised as she officially becomes a Director of the company.
Speaking about the honour, and reflecting on her 30 years of service, Gretchen said: “I’ve loved every minute with Frank’s. I read recently that the average UK worker switches jobs around 15 times in their life and I imagine most people don’t go into a job now thinking they’ll be there the rest of their life, but I couldn’t imagine wanting to work anywhere else.
“It’s not just been like a job to me, it’s been a huge part of my life and I’m very close to it. It’s been amazing to see the business flourish and to see young people progress and move on in their careers. Over the years I’ve enjoyed plenty of chances to progress and learn new skills, and I’ve made so many friends across the different stores. To have had that recognised for the business is a huge accomplishment and I’m really proud. I guess now I can truly say, I love carpets me!”
Gretchen’s achievement marks the start of a flurry of long service awards for the company, which has expanded in recent years to now over 29 stores, responsible for overseeing over 8,000 sq m of carpet a day, as well as wooden, LVT and vinyl flooring. The company also recently successfully extended their product range to include artificial grass.
Speaking about Gretchen’s achievement, Director Billy Maguire, said: “Gretchen really has been a cornerstone of this business from the very beginning. She has had as much impact on the business as anyone could and she has always been incredibly proactive, continuing to grow and learn in her role as Financial Administrator. She has an uncanny ability to know what I need before I do and has been instrumental in the success Frank’s enjoys to this day.
“Gretchen is more than just a valued member of the team, she’s a member of the family, I’m godfather to her daughter. It was my pleasure to be able to welcome her into a Directorship with the business and the whole team are looking forward to celebrating this special milestone with her.”