Cartwright Chairman Peter Cartwright recently celebrated 60 years full time in the company.
Staff, past employees and even some old competitors turned out at the company’s south Manchester head office for a surprise double celebration – for Peter’s 75th birthday and also to commemorate his six decades in the family business. He was also presented with a watch on behalf of the company in recognition of his unprecedented long service with Cartwright.
Peter, who still arrives at the factory gates every morning at 7.30 am five days a week and describes himself as ‘Cartwright’s oldest apprentice’ has no intention of retiring and is still hands on, giving staff – from young apprentices to the board – the benefit of his experience.
Reflecting on his long career in the industry Peter revealed that he actually became involved with his father and brother as a 12-year-old schoolboy, working weekends and during the holidays.
“The industry has gone through considerable change, particularly from the early 60s and the advent of the motorways and new materials and of course ever-changing legislation,” he said.
“However, Cartwright still has the same values of quality service and products that are competitively priced with on time delivery.
“The company has evolved from a north-west manufacturer to a national and international business with a respected brand.”
Peter, whose son Mark is Group Managing Director of Cartwright, and Lisa who is Cartwright Group Director, was awarded a ‘Service to the Industry’ award in November 2018 at the annual Commercial Motor Awards.