Who pays the ferryman?

Almost within weeks of Geoff being awarded his long service award, we are delighted to present Ted Sharples with his 10 year award for unquestionable commitment to the cause.

Having worked with Ted before, Max knew immediately who to talk to when looking for a new Project Manager. Ted joined the SMC team in 2004 and was immediately thrown into the task of relocating the company to larger storage facilities. He still tells reminds us that moving over 250,000 storage boxes and 1,000,000 tapes wasn’t as easy as it looked!

More recently Ted has been part of the company’s ISO 9001 and 27001 Standards Forum, meeting monthly to audit performance against the international ISO Standard. Max comments, "Achieving ISO certification for data security and quality procedures is one thing, keeping it is something else. I can honestly say without Ted’s tenacity and attention to detail, this task would be a whole lot harder."

As if all this wasn’t enough for Ted, he now, during his spare time, acts as the official ferryman taking foot passengers, dogs and bicycles across the Manchester Ship Canal. Locally known as the ‘Penny Ferry’, Ted doesn’t rely on the internal combustion engine to take his four passengers but instead a single oar and his sculling skills. If you’re still expecting to cross the canal for a penny, you will be sadly mistaken; it’s now the costly sum of 11p each way!

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