Three new members join Bloor Homes' Silver Club

Bloor Homes has welcomed three new members to its Silver Club in recognition of working with the company for 25 years.

01/03/2017 - Careers

Sales advisor, Sandra Penfold and carpentry apprentice masters, Andrew Scripps and Paul Abbott were this year’s inductees into the club.

All three were presented with a watch by company founder John Bloor at a special dinner held in their honour.

Sandra, 53, started her Bloor career just weeks after moving into a home at one of its developments in Rownhams, Southampton.

She said: “I was working as a sales advisor for another company at the time and I liked the quality of the Bloor Homes and thought to myself ‘I could sell these’. I walked into the sales office and asked if they had any jobs going, got interviewed by the sales director and started not long after that.”

Since then, Sandra, who lives in Romsey, has sold thousands of homes at Bloor developments across the Southern region. She is now based at the new Laurel Grove development in Fareham.

She added: “The job has changed a lot but I still get a buzz from selling. Everything is computerised now and standards have risen quite a lot, both in terms of the product and the customer experience.

“I enjoy seeing new people everyday, I get to work with some fantastic colleagues and because we change sites quite a lot the job never gets boring.

“It was lovely to receive my watch from John. Bloor is a wonderful company to work for and I can’t imagine working anywhere else.”

Andrew and Paul have both been working as self-employed carpenters on Bloor Homes sites across the Eastern region for the past 28 years.

Earlier this year, the pair became Bloor employees when they were appointed as carpentry apprentice masters, and the company therefore decided to honour their loyalty.

During that time they have worked at sites across Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire, and are currently based at the Mill Heath development in Martlesham, where they are overseeing the region’s carpentry apprentices.

Andrew, 54, of Ipswich, said: “Carpentry is in my blood, as my dad was a carpenter and later a site agent. I did my apprenticeship at 16 and after 10 years I went to work at Bloor’s new site at Sudbury and I’ve been working with them ever since.

“Bloor is a great company to work for. There is a really friendly atmosphere and you can tell it’s a family-run business. It was a lovely evening when we were welcomed into the Silver Club and it was very nice to be recognised by the company in that way.”

Paul, 52, also of Ipswich, said: “I enjoyed woodwork lessons at school and did my carpentry apprenticeship when I left at 16. I started working with Bloor at the same time as Andrew and I have really enjoyed it.

 “We were proud to be asked by Bloor Homes to become the region’s first carpentry apprentice masters earlier this year.”