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Relishing and rewarding loyalty at the Sim Trava annual BBQ


At Sim Trava, it is no secret that our people are our most valued asset. Without our employees’ hard work and dedication, our business wouldn’t be the success it stands as today.

This is why each year we host an annual barbecue to relish in the fact we have long-standing members of staff who have been with us on this journey for five years or more.

This year’s celebratory barbecue was hosted at the beautiful Red House Farm in the heart of Dunham Massey – and it definitely did not disappoint!

Those who have spent the past five years, or more, at Sim Trava were invited to come along and bring their families with them to a fun day out in a scenic location. In total, we tallied up an impressive 38 adults and 17 children, of all ages, making a great day out for all the family.

Amongst the 38 adults who attended, there were two particularly long-standing members of staff who have both been with the business for the past ten years – Laura Girling, our payroll administrator, and Bryan Dickin,  store manager who will move to Openshaw at the end of September.

The festivities kicked off with those invited arriving at the farm with their partners and children at 2pm. Upon arrival, everyone was offered a glass of Bucks Fizz – the kids had more of the Bucks and less of the Fizz though!

The opening refreshments were followed by a speech from Sim Trava’s founding directors Simon and Tracy welcoming everyone to our  annual event. After introductory remarks were made, two colleagues joining the Sim Trava prestigious Hall of Long Service Fame were presented with badges to reward and recognise their loyalty to the company over the past five years. They were Brad Makinson, our recently appointed Sim Trava Academy manager, as well as Suzie Waltham, assistant manager in our Wallsend store, who travelled the whole way from the North East to be with us!

Once the formalities were done with, it was time to tuck in to a BBQ and ice-cream. The food and cold treats were enjoyed by adults and kids alike.

Whilst the adults were still eating, the kids were able to go off and have lots of fun with the farm’s two big bouncy castles and large trampoline.

When all plates were cleared, it was time to make our way to the farm’s main attraction – the Maize Maze. We spent the remainder of the day trying to find our way around a maze created from over 500,000 maize plants – no mean feat but fun for all involved!

All in all, everyone had a brilliant day and thanks so much to Red House Farm for having us!

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