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Diamond employee: Belinda retires after 43 years loyal service


F.Hinds has paid tribute to celebrated employee Belinda McCarthy on her retirement from their Stroud branch at Five Valleys Shopping Centre. 

Belinda celebrated her retirement from the family run jewellers this month after an impressive 43 years of service. Her career started in 1980 in F.Hinds Gloucester as a Saturday worker, and throughout her time at the company she has seen a huge change in processes and procedures thanks to the introduction of new machinery and the internet. With it came various opportunities for learning new skills and facing new challenges, which she took in her stride.

DSC09428 | Diamond employee: Belinda retires after 43 years loyal service
Belinda McCarthy, manager of F. Hinds in Stroud, with one of the limited-edition watches. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

Despite the changes, the ethos of F.Hinds has remained consistent. Having been established in 1856, F.Hinds is still family owned and run. Their dedication to providing excellent customer service, exceptional value and a wide product range makes their stores second to none.  

Belinda was celebrated in-store with a gift of a beautiful bouquet of flowers, and was asked to reflect on her time spent at F.Hinds. 

Belinda said: “My favourite thing is that we are a family company that I feel very much a part of. After working in Gloucester for 10 years I transferred to Stroud in 1990 and had the opportunity to become manager in 1998. I’ve chosen to work for this company for so long because, in fact, I think the job chose me. It’s diverse, challenging, but overall extremely rewarding.

“I very much enjoyed training new staff and managers. Also I do feel proud to have played a major part in the company’s success!” 

Paul Hinds, Managing Director at F. Hinds said: “We are sad to say goodbye to a long-serving member of the F.Hinds team. Belinda has been a true credit to what we stand for here at F.Hinds, and her dedication to ensure top quality customer experience has shone through throughout her 43 years spent with us. We wish Belinda all the best for her retirement, she will be missed.” 

Further information about F. Hinds can be found on their website

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