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Long service celebration helps out Timber Trade charity

Published: 3 September 2009
BSW Timber staff raise £750 for the Scottish Timber Trade Benevolent Society.
Long service celebration helps out Timber Trade charity
The event held at BSW Timber's headquarters in the Scottish Borders marked the retirement of both John and Sandy Brownlie CBE, with donations raised on behalf of the timber trade's own charity.

The event was attended by 27 long service employees and partners who had worked for the company for more than 25 years. The achievements were marked with dinner and entertainment as well as staff receiving certificates and a gift from the retiring chairman, Sandy Brownlie CBE.

Sandy said: "This business has tremendous loyalty from its valued employees and we wanted to say thank you not only to our people but also to their partners. We are proud to have so many loyal and dedicated employees who have made a significant contribution to the success of our business and it seemed fitting that on such a momentous occasion we should show our appreciation to the Timber Trade Benevolent Society."

Mr Brownlie handed over the chairmanship to Martin Gale MBE who has served for 10 years as a non-executive director and brings with him more than 30 years UK and international experience in the forest products industry. Martin Gale, CBE, is also vice president of the Timber Trade Federation.

Sandy will continue to play an active part in the company as a non-executive director.

Chief Executive of BSW Timber, Tony Hackney, said: "Sandy and John have been with the company for many years during which they have seen major change in the markets and technology. The retirement of these two top figures within our organisation marks a special time of change in our business and we wanted to celebrate the occasion along with other long serving employees from throughout the business.

"We are also very glad that we have been able to raise such a significant amount of money for the charity that looks after workers within our industry and will continue to support the society with fundraising events like this one in the future."

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