Kind wishes as Contract Manager looks forward to semi-retirement

Scotts of Thrapston, a family-run business that has been established for over 100 years, is saying goodbye to their much beloved Contract Manager, Joe Cooper, after 40 wonderful years. 

The Thrapston based firm has developed a reputation for timber engineering excellence across the UK, specialising in luxury summerhouses, custom built stables, timber garages and bespoke outbuildings. The Scotts family and devoted team have dedicated their careers to building relationships with each and every customer and pouring excellence into each garden building project they take on.

The Scotts of Thrapston family are delighted and disheartened to announce that after a wonderful 40 year career, Joe Cooper is finally taking semi-retirement to spend more time training his new Labrador puppy and continuing his passion of private car hire. 

Joe has been a tremendous employee and an extended member of the Scotts family. After joining the firm back in 1977, fresh out of school, Joe has been a driving force in the business and has pioneered the development of the luxury summerhouses and stables that are produced at Scotts of Thrapston. Joe first started as an Assembler of Dog kennels and Cat houses, it did not take him long to work his way up the ladder to a Site Erector. 

Throughout Joe’s exceptional career, he had progressed through the ranks and became the Contracts Manager. One of his co-workers included his father, John, who worked with him back in the late 80’s. John inspired Joe throughout their time working together and from hand-painting summer houses through to being one of the key points of contact in the firm, Joe has become an irreplaceable member of the Scotts family. 

Joe said “I am thankful for having a long enjoyable career and the opportunities Scotts has given me. Although I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my life, after nearly 45 years I am sure it will be a culture shock.  I wish everyone well and the company continued success.”

The current Managing Director and long-term friend of Joe, James Scott has said “Joe really has epitomised the family business culture we have at Scotts of Thrapston. This throughout his 45 years of employment. Joe’s father also worked for the business and Joe is one of the few to understand the challenges that a multi-generational business faces.”

He continued to wish him the very best and that “Successful Businesses are made from great people. Much of our success has been supported and delivered by Joe’s ethos and philosophy. This will be extremely difficult to replace.”

Scotts wishes Joe a happy and healthy, well earnt retirement, and thank him for his valuable contribution to the business. After many years Joe will be greatly missed. And, of course, they hope to see you and your new pup down the Montague Arms for a pint of Digfield ale soon.

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