On Monday 20th April 1980,Val Putnam began working for Caffyns Commercials. Val’s role was as the Secretary for Branch Manager, Alan Eyles. At this time, there were 42 members of staff.
In August 1987, Ron Stupple and Tony Chudleigh bought out Caffyns to trade as Channel Commercials PLC. Throughout the next 20+ years Val worked for Ron and Tony until the Management Buy Out a few years ago.
Today, Val is the receptionist on the busy switchboard at Channel Commercials Head Office in Ashford, a company that has now grown to nearly 200 employees.
During the past 30 years, Val has seen many changes within the company including many people who have come and gone! From the coming and going of LDV, the countless new DAF trucks that have driven out of the yard to be delivered to customers, to the introduction of newer parts of the business including the opening of another 3 Commercial Vehicle Service and Parts depots as well as the Paintshop and Fabrication Bay. Recently there has been the introductions of the Rail Maintenance Department, and the Diamond Blades and Construction Fixings Division. Val has been the voice at the end of the phone at our Head Office in Ashford throughout all of these changes!
A cup of tea, is never too much trouble for the man who comes in to test-drive one of Channel’s used vans, and with the online sales now getting into full swing, Val’s help with the sending out of the growing number of parcels is greatly appreciated!
So today we say to Val, ‘Happy 30th Year’ at Channel Commercials!!!