Company’s longevity is down to loyalty of staff

Some of Delcor's loyal staff at the Seaton Delaval base.
Some of Delcor's loyal staff at the Seaton Delaval base.

A bespoke sofa manufacturer from Seaton Delaval will celebrate 600 years of employee service this spring.

The figure is an impressive combined length of service the company’s 47-strong workforce has notched up.

Owned and managed by husband and wife team Rick and Janet Petini, Delcor was originally formed over 40 years ago before Rick and Janet took to the helm in 2009.

Rick said: “In an age when people are constantly changing jobs, we’re extremely proud to have a loyal and long-serving team of employees.”

With five showrooms across the UK, including the headquarters and manufacturing hub in Seaton Delaval, Rick has taken the company to an impressive £3.5m turnover since he bought the business five-years ago.

Now his son Matthew is following in his footsteps, currently undertaking a 15-year training programme while also working as a quality control supervisor on the factory floor.

Rick and Matthew are not the only father and son team to grace the company’s headquarters.

Graham Barrass and his son Kane work together with Graham being a skilled upholsterer and Kane currently training to be one.

Cutter Steven Powell joined the company aged 16 in 1982 and said: “Each day is completely different so it’s always interesting and never boring.

“I get to work with all kinds of fabrics and leathers and more importantly I work alongside some really great people who have been here for a long time too. It really is just an extended family.”

Rick added: “The length of service of many of our employees reflects the loyal, customer service driven business that we run here.

“Some of our skilled craftsmen have been working with us since they left school – and are still with us now, approaching their half century birthdays.”