Celebration for Williams Refrigeration staff loyalty


23 August 2021

King's Lynn-based Williams Refrigeration has recognised their long-serving employees, who are celebrating a combined 270 years of service between them

2021 witnessed 11 employees from the business reach significant milestones of 20, 30 and 40 years. Paul Belson, production engineer, and Richard Benefer, maintenance operator, each celebrated 40 years of service, while Rachel Smith, SOP supervisor, reached 30 years.

To celebrate the occasion, the long service achievements were marked with a hog roast lunch and gift awards and special anniversary workwear to all staff following the Company’s own milestone of 40 years.

Celebrating two decades at the business, Andy Ward, area sales manager, commented: “Over the 20 years there have been a fair few changes, including a change of ownership, however when I look around the sales team as well as at all the departments at King’s Lynn and group companies, there are a lot of people that have been with us longer than I have so in some ways I still feel like a newcomer!

"I have enjoyed my time working for Williams, who is, in my opinion, the best company within our industry, and hope to continue well into the future.”

Also achieving 20 years is Tony Smith, IT technical administrator, and Vikki Panks, spares supervisor.

Vikki added: “If you’d have told a 16-year-old me that I would be here 20 years later, I would never have believed you. I enjoy my job, and I like a lot of the people I work with.”

Since its inception in 1980, Williams Refrigeration has continually developed alongside its loyal workforce. The business employs over 200 people across the UK, and its latest milestone is a testament to both the company and its employees.

A special mention for John Leggett, who sadly passed away last month. John would have also celebrated 20 years at Williams, and the Company pays tribute to his long and loyal service and offers its sincere condolences to his family and friends.

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Tim Smith, managing director of Williams Refrigeration, added: “Williams Refrigeration is renowned for its long-serving employees. We think it says something that we have so many employees who stay with us for most, if not all, of their working life.

“It is a pleasure to celebrate the continued long service commitment and loyalty of Williams colleagues. Congratulations to all on their fantastic achievements.”

Staff recognised for their long service are:

40 Years Paul BelsonRichard Benefer

30 Years Rachel Smith

20 Years Andy Ward, Tony Smith, Vikki Panks, Michael Gathercole, Jason Staines, Paul Wheatley, Paul Brooks, John Leggett


 To learn more about the Williams product range, visit www.williams-refrigeration.co.uk.