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163 mile long carpet career over 25 years at Shropshire furniture store

He’s sold enough carpet to stretch from Shrewsbury to London and now sales consultant Paul Roberts is celebrating 25 years working for the same Shropshire firm.

The 53 year-old is a familiar face to customers at independent furniture department store, Alan Ward, in Ennerdale Road, Shrewsbury where he has worked since 1988.

Mr Roberts said: “I can’t believe how quickly the last 25 years have gone but it just shows how much I enjoy working here.

“I never believed when I started at Alan Ward that I would be celebrating my silver anniversary at the firm.”

The sales consultant/estimator, said: “I have seen many changes over the years. When I first joined the business the showroom was probably about a third of the size it is now and mainly sold carpets, furniture and beds.

“Now, it is more spacious and stocks everything you could possibly want for the home. People are always remarking how amazed they are at all the changes that have taken place.

Mr Roberts, of Heath Farm, Shrewsbury, said: “I have sold a lot of carpets over the years and I’m told it could be about 165 miles worth, which is amazing to think.

“It is also interesting how styles and designs have changed considerably over the years. We used to sell a lot of patterned carpets but now people are tending to buy plain and textured ones. I am sure it will keep changing.”

The married father-of-two added: “I am just looking forward to the future and enjoying more wonderful years working at Alan Ward.”

Elaine Ray, Alan Ward commercial director, said: “We are delighted to congratulate Paul on his long service achievement and would like to thank him for his loyalty and hard work over the years.

“It is thanks to our staff that we have grown into the large, successful company we are today.”

Miss Ray said in today’s fast-paced world, it was not often that people stayed with a company for such a long time.

She said: “We wanted to mark the occasion with a big thank you. Alan Ward only had one store when he first joined and he has witnessed a great deal of change over the years.

“There were also less than 20 employees in 1988 and now we have more than 100.

“It’s also funny to think that when he first started, it was seven years before the law was passed to allow Sunday trading and our store was also closed every Thursday, whereas we are now open seven days a week.”

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