A dedicated Kent Blaxill employee who has worked for the merchant for 40 years has been recognised for his commitment.

Andy Whitney first joined as a salesman in the Colchester area in 1978. His passion has always been sales, and he has held a variety of management roles selling building and decorative materials. Now Decorative Sales Manager, Whitney spearheads the growth of Kent Blaxill’s decorative paint business.

Managing Director Simon Blaxill presented Whitney with gift vouchers and a bottle of red wine.

Blaxill said Whitney’s knowledge is “highly-respected in the trade paint business alongside his amiability and the way he always does what he says he is going to do”.

He added: “While the latter may seem an obvious trait for a salesperson, Andy goes above and beyond in ways that most others do not, to the extent that many customers consider Andy to be a friend.

“Colleagues know that he would always do himself what he asks of his team.”