A Fond Farewell
Marie Peplow has definitely earned the right to put her feet up and enjoy retirement. For nearly 12 years she has been an integral part of we clean, working tirelessly within the organisation. Whether its motivating her team of Operatives or visiting Client contacts to ensure they are happy.
Marie initially started as a Cleaning Operative but her leadership qualities and work ethic quickly set her apart and she was soon appointed Contract Manager for the Birmingham South region. Marie worked very closely with Dee Richard’s – who she formed a great bond with – and she looks back fondly on the early years when they would both be working long days in and around Birmingham, ensuring everything was running smoothly. As Contract Manager, Marie’s people skills shone through and she really enjoyed making genuine friendships with Client contacts throughout her time with we clean.
Marie’s retirement has been celebrated in multiple ways, firstly, all of the Cleaning Operatives she oversaw at Town Hall & Symphony Hall treated her to a meal, where they recalled all of the fantastic years they enjoyed together. Secondly, Chris McCall, School Marshal from Solihull School along with Location Managers Christine and Jo, organised a collection and surprised Marie in her last week at work.
Marie was then surprised again, this time at our Birmingham-based Head Office, where her entire we clean family threw a surprise party, allowing all of Marie’s colleagues and friends to give her a wonderful send-off. It also provided an opportunity for three valued we clean staff to bring in their new young arrivals. David and Heather Holmes brought in their newest addition, Dorothea. Martin and Grace Barr also brought in their little girl, Ruby and Evie-May, Ross Anderson’s youngest was warmly welcomed too.
After spending so many years with we clean, Marie will be deeply missed by everyone, but Marie feels now is the perfect time to retire, commenting “I’ve had a fantastic time here, whilst it’s been a huge challenge, I wouldn’t change anything and I’m really going to miss all of the people, and just picking up the phone and calling the office. But, I am very much looking forward to putting my feet up!”
Marie is immensely proud to have been a part of the growth that the Company has experienced over the past decade, and Director’s David Harker and Paul Concannon will miss her greatly “Marie has been a fantastic Contract Manager, always willing to go the extra mile and able to interact so well with both existing and new Clients”.
Everybody at we clean would like to wish Marie a very happy retirement, although she has already been back to the office making coffee and chatting away as if she never left!