In mid-September, employees at Solar Solve took time out from their busy production schedule and held a small party to congratulate and celebrate Paul Hopkins receiving his Long-Service award.
Paul is the company’s Sales and Marketing Executive and joined Solar Solve as a full time employee 20 years ago, after he gained a BA Honours Degree in Business and Marketing. He was already working for Solar Solve through a government work experience scheme, whilst awaiting his examination results, setting up a stock location system for them. Whilst there, he was impressed with what he saw and the fact that Solar Solve was trading internationally, offered its marketing people opportunities to travel world-wide.
Paul obviously impressed the directors because he got the job. He has travelled extensively, all over the world, visiting customers, prospects, exhibitions, taken part in Trade Missions and when necessary, measuring and installing the company’s products.
During his career with Solar Solve, Paul has gained further qualifications in First Line Management, Leadership Management, Team Building plus an NVQ Level 3 in Management. He has successfully completed regular First Aid at Work courses and has acted as a valued First Aider, for a decade or more.
Paul’s has three main hobbies; gardening at home and at his allotment, a great fan of football but doesn’t play anymore and enjoying the countless benefits of owning his dog Winston along with his wife Emma.
The company’s three business owners/directors, John, Lilian and Julie Lightfoot, attended the occasion and Company Secretary Lilian proudly presented a ‘Thank You’ card and gift. (See photo below).
Solar Solve’s Chairman, John Lightfoot MBE, commented, “Paul has been a great asset to Solar Solve during the 20 years he has worked here and even before. His stock control system obviously worked because we can always locate everything and also know how much we have and when we will need to order more.”
“He has introduced many great ideas over the period and will do anything that is needed to ensure we continue to thrive and remain the world leader in our field.”