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Morson celebrates 50 years in business with huge party in at Cheshire hall
Celebrity guests attended the event which bought together over 800 employees of the Morson Group globally
Morson was delighted to bring together employees and friends from around the world to celebrate our 50th birthday with a huge party in Cheshire.
The party took place at Gawsworth Hall, a Tudor manor house that dates back to 1480, with over 800 employees in attendance and a guest list that included legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Mancunian boxing legend Ricky Hatton and artist Harold Riley, with performances from well-known musicians.
The afternoon celebrated Morson’s founding in 1969 through to the present day, with both current employees and past long-servers invited to celebrate the story.
Morson Group was formed by Gerry Mason, the late father of our current CEO Ged Mason, in the family home in Salford in 1969. Since formation, the head office of the company has never moved more than two miles away from its original location. The business, with turned over £866.7million in 2018, now occupies state-of-the-art premises on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal.
After afternoon tea on the lawns, employees from throughout Morson’s 50 years in business were entertained by live music from Hatty Keane, Totally Take That, the ‘People’s Tenor’ Russell Watson, and Heather Small of M People.
Morson’s relationship with the local area of Salford and Greater Manchester is something that was highlighted during the celebrations with a poignant reading by legendary Manchester poet Tony Walsh and a video charting the story of the business from its earliest days via charity, community, sport and a tribute to founder Gerry.
CEO Ged Mason delivered a speech that highlighted the importance of people and employees within the Morson story:
"The journey to our success and contribution has been without question driven and attained by all the loyal colleagues past and present with whom I have had the pleasure of working with over the many decades and it is a great honour to skipper the ship. This includes every part of the Morson family structure and I want to thank all the teams that keep this important business going day in day out. A massive personal thank you and I salute you all."
He also touched on the future of the business:
"Looking to the future and the next decade you have all played a huge part. However what got us here won’t keep us here. We are keen to stay at the forefront and to embrace technology moving with the times and manage to the best we can, adapting to change yet never forgetting Morson’s DNA and core values that we live by and act on. We must continue and protect these values as they are timeless and have built the solid foundation upon which this magnificent company and those who have helped build it we have assembled a great team for the future. We are Morson."
The Morson Group comprises seven subsidiaries – recruitment giant Morson International, design arm Morson Projects, Anderselite, Vital Human Resources, The Bridge IT Recruitment, Waldeck and the North American-based CTSNA.
Coupled with core charity activity, Morson aims to raise and donate £500,000 in total throughout the year. Core charity activity has seen us work to raise money for the employee-chosen charities in 2019 - Motor Neurone Disease Association and ABF The Soldier’s Charity. In the last 10 years, over £2million has been raised for worthy causes throughout the UK such was the Seashell Trust and Destination Florida.
Morson has also embarked on a program of donation called '50 Weeks of Giving', in which local organisations receive funds each week throughout the year.