In For The Long Term - Hull's Hurst Hails Heroes

Four Hurst employees with 20 years service.

Four members of a door manufacturing team in Hull have been honoured as heroes for their hard work and dedication after receiving their 20 year service awards.

The awards were presented at Hurst Doors headquarters in front of the whole Hurst team by Gary Hurst, MD of the Hurst Group.


"A happy team means happy customers. As a family-owned business, we have a strong, shared ethos that places the well-being and happiness of our people at the heart of everything we do.”

-Hayley Barker

Marketing Manager, Hurst Doors


Extra holiday

Claire Lutkin, Sarah West, Mark Taylor and Chris Edwards all received engraved commemorative crystal tankards and wine glasses, along with being awarded an extra week’s holiday entitlement as thanks for their hard work.

Lutkin, West, Taylor and Edwards join 27 other members of the Hurst team, who have been with the business for over 20 years – equating to over 620 years’ experience between them.


Low staff turnover

Hayley Barker, adds: “We are really proud that our staff turnover is consistently low, a key indication that so many members of the team see Hurst as a great place to work. We’re delighted to congratulate Claire, Sarah, Mark and Chris on their very impressive, eighty years of service between them.

“This level of experience and commitment to Hurst Doors allows us to provide the highest levels of service and quality advice to our customers – and we strongly believe that this level of staff experience sets us apart from other door manufacturers.”

Sarah West, sales order processor at Hurst Doors, met her husband at Hurst. She says: “One of the best things about working here is how much it feels like one giant family. The panel processing team work closely together and we have great communication with the factory and other departments. This creates product efficiency and means we can respond quickly to any enquiries. Most importantly, the support we receive at Hurst allows us to do our jobs to the best of our abilities whilst picking up new skills along the way.”

Claire Lutkin, accounts clerk at Hurst Doors, joined the business after completing a work placement in 1999, she says: “I joined the business after completing a work placement in 1999 and one of the best things about working here is the sense of team spirit and how we all support each other, it is certainly one of the reasons that so many people choose careers here. It’s great to be a part of a team that works so effectively together to make sure we always provide the highest quality products and level of service to our customers.”



Over the last 18 months, the steady growth of the business has led to the Hurst team growing by 15%. Despite these latest additions to the team, almost 50% of the Hurst workforce has been with the business for a minimum of ten years.

Hurst Doors manufactures over 500 composite doors and over 3,000 door panels a week from a factory in Hull and has a national network of over 1300 installers.

Picture: Four Hurst employees with 20 years service.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis
09th February 2020


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