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Fayers family clock up 55 years on Anderson payroll

Between them, three members of the same family have spent a whopping 55 years working onsite for Anderson, with furlough being the only hiccup in their otherwise uninterrupted employment. Gary, Nigel and Paul Fayers explain their staying power and how they’re looking forward to a collective centenary.

Nigel Fayers started working for Anderson 31 years ago, just two years after the company was founded. A decade later, he was joined by his nephew Gary who has now worked for the business for 22 years.

Two years ago, the pair were also joined by Nigel’s son Paul Fayers – with all three working on the same project in their hometown of Sudbury.

“I’ve pretty much been a part of Anderson since the company started,” remembers Nigel. “I’ve had offers to work elsewhere but I like it here. It feels like being part of one big family, which is funny really when you consider that most of mine do actually work here.”

The 57-year-old employee, part of the groundworks team, said he’d barely had any time off during the last three decades and found the first lockdown a challenge when workers on his site were furloughed for three months.

“I’ve always got up in the morning and gone to work, so it was difficult to just stay home and stay in one place.” He added. “Anderson has been great though, with loads of support from the rest of the guys, we’ve all pulled together.”

Working on the Chilton Place 130-home Anderson development near Sudbury, Nigel is joined by Gary (39) and Paul (29) in laying the drainage, pipework and tarmac for the roads.

“Lockdown basically got in the way of our aim to reach 100 years of Fayers’ service without interruption,” jokes Gary. “None of us like being at home twiddling our thumbs, so we were pretty pleased when the site reopened with all the extra safety measures in place.

“Those who work in the construction sector are used to PPE – we all wear hard hats, steel toes caps and high visibility jackets. So the extra bits and pieces, with masks and distances and so on, have been easy for us to incorporate.”

Anderson CEO Andrew Jay (pictured right) said of the family’s long service, “The Fayers epitomise a lot of the people we have on site: loyal workers who’ve been with our company for many years and understand how we operate. They know that we’ll do everything we can to support, protect and ultimately retain them – even in the wake of coronavirus.

“The latest lockdown shouldn’t interrupt work on site, so hopefully the Fayers can continue to work towards their 100 years with Anderson. That would be something I’d be really proud to see them achieve.”

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