June 10, 2010 | Community News
The work of brothers who have become two of the longest serving employees at the County Durham-based Banks Group has been recognised by the company founder.
Kevin and Trevor Morris joined the business within a few months of each other in 1980, at the ages of 25 and 22 respectively, and initially worked as banksmen at various Banks’ surface mines in the north east.
Since then, they have gone on to notch up 60 years’ unbroken service between them, and have now both received long service awards from company founder and chairman Harry Banks at a special event at the Shotton Surface Coal Mine near Cramlington in Northumberland.
Kevin who lives in Sunniside and Trevor from Roddymoor near Crook have both been trained to NVQ Level Three in fitting and have worked in a number of maintenance and servicing roles across Banks sites in the North East and Scotland.
They now both work as plant fitters based at the Shotton surface mine in Northumberland.
Originally set up in 1976, The Banks Group has since gone on to add renewable energy, property and waste management to the original surface mining side of the business.
Trevor Morris says: “When we joined Banks, it was still a relatively small firm, employing around 50 people, and was very much family-run.
“Harry and his brothers were very hands on with all the work, were very well known by their employees and were always keen to make sure all was well with them and their families.
“The company has always looked after its staff, and the fact that I’ve stayed here so long is obviously an indication of this – Banks has seen me through getting married, buying a house and bringing up a family, and it’s very nice to get this recognition from Harry of my time with the company.”
Harry Banks adds: “Kevin and Trevor have both been with us as the company has grown from a small, local operation to one now working across the North of England and Scotland employing close to 400 people. Our continuing success is down to the commitment and hard work of all the people like Kevin and Trevor who are committed to the development of our business.”
The Morris brothers join a group of other long serving Banks employees including Michael Shuttleworth, MD of Banks Property, group personnel manager Keith Tarn, plant operators Brian Hudson, Steven White, Stephen McCormick, and HGV driver Kenneth Thompson.