National honour for ‘cherished’ worker

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A ‘cherished fixture’ at a shop store in Sleaford has been honoured in a national awards scheme for sales assistants.

A ‘cherished fixture’ at a shop store in Sleaford has been honoured in a national awards scheme for sales assistants.

Spar’s Julie Sutton was named the UK’s Best Multiple Symbol Sales Assistant in the Sales Assistant Of The Year Awards 2015, a competition run by Convenience Store magazine.

The category is for those working as part of a chain of 10 stores or more under the same ownership, trading under a recognised symbol brand.

Julie starts her day at 3.45am when she arrives to open the store before setting up all the tills for the day.

Her long list of responsibilities includes: daily newspaper deliveries (for which she designed a flyer highlighting the service, distributing to local homes in her own time), training new starters, stocktaking, and banking. She also often carries out home deliveries for elderly people, again, in her own time, when their health or the weather is poor.

This is in addition to community and charity work.

Convenience Store’s editor David Rees said: “With her long list of responsibilities and caring personality, it’s little wonder that Julie is such a cherished fixture in her store.”

Julie won £500 in prize money and a place at an event for category winners at the The Dorcester, in London, where Spar’s Jennifer Kerr, in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, was named overall winner.