JCB gives staff extra day’s holiday to mark anniversary

CONSTRUCTION equipment giant JCB has announced that its employees around the world will receive an extra day’s holiday to mark the firm’s 75th birthday.

The news was conveyed to employees ahead of the anniversary. In a special video message to the workforce, JCB chairman Anthony Bamford paid tribute to the efforts of employees past and present who have contributed to the manufacturer’s success.

JCB was founded in a garage in Uttoxeter on October 23, 1945 by the late Joseph Cyril Bamford on the day his son Anthony, now Lord Bamford, was born. The company’s first product was a hydraulic tipping trailer made out of war time scrap. Today JCB manufactures more than 300 different machines.

Lord Bamford said, “As we mark 75 years in business, I know that everything JCB has achieved is due to the hard work and commitment of everyone who works for JCB or has worked for JCB in the past. I’d like to thank everyone for their support over the years and particularly in recent months while we were dealing with the challenging business situation.

“We did have plans to celebrate our 75th anniversary, but Covid-19 changed all that. So, rather than celebrate, we should remember everything that JCB has achieved in the past 75 years. From small beginnings in a lock-up garage, in Uttoxeter back in 1945 the JCB team has helped to create a business that we can all be very proud of.”

The extra day’s holiday will be taken by UK employees on Christmas Eve.