Age no barrier to Westhill workers

Golden oldies, from left, Richard Grant, Andy Smith and David Yackimini
Golden oldies, from left, Richard Grant, Andy Smith and David Yackimini

Employees at a Westhill builders merchants are proving that those in their golden years are fit and healthy to report for work.

GPH Builders Merchants currently has three members of the team at the firm’s Westhill branch who are in their seventies.

Yardsman David Yackimini, who is 74 years of age, has been with the company for nine years, while stock assistant Andy Smith and cashier Richard Grant, who are both seventy years old, have worked there for eight and six years respectively.

Mr Yakimini, said: “Working for GPH allows me to give something back to the community, I enjoy meeting new people and my role is very hands on and involves a lot of lifting and handling of materials, which keeps me fit and active.”

Prior to joining the team, Mr Smith worked in security for 30 years in various managerial roles which let him work all over the UK. Mr Smith, said: “Working here now keeps my mind busy and gets me out of the house and allows me to continue using the skills I have acquired over the years.”

Mr Grant had a career in accountancy spanning more than 20 years working mainly in the oil and gas industry prior to joining the GPH team.

GPH, which has branches in both Westhill and Inverurie, has been operating in the North-east for 30 years and has a loyal team with little staff turnover.

Sales & Marketing Director of GPH, Nikki Mortimer said: “Andy, David and Richard are all a valuable asset to the team, they are very knowledgeable in their fields of work and have a wealth of experience. We believe in equal opportunities and if someone is physically able to work then it should be their choice to continue working.”

A report issued by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) late last year claimed there are more than 800,000 workers over the age of 65 in the UK.

While a separate study said that one in five UK employees did not expect to retire until they are over 70.

GPH Builders Merchants offers building supplies including landscaping, timber and joinery, roofing, civils, clothing and safety wear, power tools, plumbing and plant and tool hire.