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South Queensferry Sodexo staff celebrate combined service of almost 90 years

Long Service Award group
Three employees at Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, are celebrating after serving a combination of almost 90 years with the catering and events specialists.  
Events Office Manager, Elaine Brown and Karen Burton, who oversees the business’ recruitment hub, Prestige People, are each set to receive Long Service Awards to mark over 30 years with the company, while David Forbes, Business Development Executive, is to be recognised after serving 20 years.


The team are all based in Sodexo’s South Queensferry head office and over the years have taken on various roles within the company. Karen and Elaine began their careers as temporary waiting staff in the 1980s, while David joined as a supervisor having completed a student placement in 1995.  David’s roles have included senior operations positions, estimating that he has planned and delivered more than 800 weddings and close to 3000 private and corporate events, while Elaine has met the Queen three times and Karen has organised thousands of staff for events ranging from The Open to concerts at Hampden Park.  

In recognition of their loyal service, the trio were treated to a trip to London where they had lunch aboard Bateaux London, a luxury restaurant cruise, before enjoying a gala dinner and overnight stay in a top hotel.  

Sandy Robson, Account Director, Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events said: “Elaine, Karen and David are all much-loved and valued members of the Sodexo team, and I would like to congratulate as well as thank them, for their continued enthusiasm and passion which they bring to their work each day.

“As a company, we pride ourselves on ensuring staff receive training and development opportunities throughout their career. The hospitality and events industry is a thriving sector and offers a diverse range of job prospects. Thanks to our ‘Prestige People’ recruitment model, many staff who join us for one-off events are given the opportunity to take on more permanent positions and progress through the business.”  

Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events caters for some of Scotland’s most famous events including The Open Championship as well as managing venues including stadia, racecourses, museums, visitor attractions and historic homes.

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