Events to celebrate 75 years of success for local business

Marshall-Tufflex employees will be celebrating the company's milestone
Marshall-Tufflex employees will be celebrating the company's milestone

Hundreds of people will gather in Hastings this summer to celebrate the 75th birthday of Marshall-Tufflex, a leading cable management manufacturer employing more than 150 people from its Churchfields Industrial Estate and Castleham sites.

May 28 is the date in 1942 when founder Harold Cirket registered the company with just an idea and a £394 War Loan behind him. The rest, as they say, is history. Marshall-Tufflex is now a multi-million pound business trading in more than 40 countries, bringing employment and investment to the Hastings area. It remains predominantly family-owned, having passed to Harold Cirket’s six daughters.

A summer party is planned in Hastings, with all shareholders and employees past and present, plus their families invited. In addition a time capsule will be buried for retrieval in another 75 years and – in true Marshall-Tufflex style – plans are being put in place for staff to do 75 company-donated days of charity work in support of St Michael’s Hospice, Chestnut Tree House and The Tressell Trust. This reflects Marshall-Tufflex’s commitment to the area and the willingness of its workforce to give something back to local organisations.

Company book ‘The First 50 years and On To the Millennium’, is being updated for release later this year.

“Hastings has been good to Marshall-Tufflex and I’d like to think it has, in turn, benefited the town during its many years here,” said chief executive Paul Hetherington.

“Our birthday celebrations are intended to mark this amazing milestone, thank staff past and present for their part in making the company so successful and also benefit charity. Innovation and charity giving have, from day one, been in our DNA and continue to set us apart as a business. Every time one of our products is sold a charity benefits. In the last 10 years alone we have donated more than £750,000 to worthwhile causes.”

The company is also attending a number of careers events in the area, marking its 75th year in business with a renewed drive to raise awareness of the career opportunities in engineering and manufacturing having already supported five apprentices through NVQ Level 3 Advanced Modern Apprenticeships.

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