Council employees recognised for their hard work

Bradley Hook, South Gloucestershire Council award winner

Bradley Hook has been crowned 2011 employee of the year by South Gloucestershire Council.

An awards ceremony was held last week to pay tribute to staff including Bradley (pictured) who is employed to keep the high street and surrounding streets in Staple Hill clean and tidy. He was among a number of staff to be recognised for their contribution to making the area a great place to live and work.

Chief executive Amanda Deeks congratulated staff on their achievements before presenting Bradley with his award.

She said: “Our employee of the year, Bradley Hook, is a real asset to the council, maintaining and improving our local environment. He is someone who really lives the values of the council through their work. Bradley has made a real difference to one of our area’s busiest shopping centres by ensuring it is a clean and pleasant place for residents and visitors to shop in and in the last year he has made a vast improvement to that area.”

“As well as doing a great job he’s a real ambassador for the council. Traders and residents have nothing but praise for the cleanliness of their shopping centre and his courteous and professional attitude. He’s made a real contribution to Staple Hill’s regeneration. His motivation and efforts have been recognised by residents’ and shop keepers alike. So much so that the Staple Hill Chamber of Trade have nominated him for one of their own awards in recognition for his work.”

“Spot checks and routine cleanliness assessments now show Staple Hill in an good light. The national indicators for cleanliness levels have moved up to a Grade B which is an excellent score for a well used urban town centre. His meticulous attention to detail and cleanliness standards have shown many an old hand the rewards of hard work and enthusiasm, all under the watchful eye of the public. Some still may say that it’s a thankless task, but his efforts show quite the opposite with regular praise from residents’, colleagues, traders and independent inspectors. And now this richly deserved award.”

Bradley said: “I was surprised to be nominated for employee of the year and I was really pleased to receive the award as it is nice to be recognised for the work I do. Thanks to everybody for nominating me and for the appreciation I receive in Staple Hill.”

Other winners include:

  • Stephen Painter (environmental health officer) – 40 years long service award
  • Kingswood One Stop Shop Team – team of the year
  • Leigh Campbell – young employee of the year
  • Jacqui Ward – customer first award
  • Lara Rudge – manager of the year
  • Jennifer Brake – judges award for outstanding achievement

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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