House of Cards’ directors look after their “best assets” – their staff

Above: House of Cards’ partner Miles Robinson (right) and Nigel Williamson with some of their team at The Retas last month.
Above: House of Cards’ partner Miles Robinson (right) and Nigel Williamson with some of their team at The Retas last month.

It is not every day that part-time workers in a specialist card shop go into work and are presented with a gold bracelet, a shiny bicycle, a suite of garden furniture or £400 worth of theatre vouchers – and then are treated to a slap up lunch. But this is precisely what happened recently to four members of the House of Cards team.

Above: Jacqui Colquhoun with her new bicycle presented in recognition of 10 years of working for House of Cards.
Above: Jacqui Colquhoun with her new bicycle presented in recognition of 10 years of working for House of Cards.

“Our staff are undoubtedly our best assets, without them we would not where we are today. They have enabled us to grow the business, serve our customers well and pay our suppliers in good time. We do not take their loyalty and hard work for granted,” said Miles Robinson, who co-owns the Homes Counties-based group of six shops, with Nigel Williamson.

Above: Jean Allridge and Jayne Manning with their gifts with (right) Angela Stargatt, manager of House of Cards’ Caversham branch.
Above: Jean Allridge and Jayne Manning with their gifts with (right) Angela Stargatt, manager of House of Cards’ Caversham branch.

Far from being hollow words, Miles and Nigel have made sure that every employee – full-time and part-time – who has worked for the company for 10 years receives a sizable gift of their choice to mark the milestone.

From its Thatcham branch, Jacqui Colquhoun received a new bicycle while Pat Rampton, received an engraved gold bangle.

Above: Pat Rampton sporting her new engraved gold bangle.
Above: Pat Rampton sporting her new engraved gold bangle.

Meanwhile, Caversham branch’s Jayne Manning received £500 Wyevale voucher for new garden furniture and Jean Allridge was granted her wish for £400 of theatre vouchers.

Other gifts that have ben presented to House of Cards’ store managers and staff after 10 years with the company include tickets to the Monaco Grand Prix, a Fiat 500, some posh Italian furniture, a trip to New York, a Mulberry handbag, and tickets to see Cliff Richard.

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