One Small Step... | The Morson Story - Part One

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Morson Group has been celebrating 50 years in business in 2019. As part of our celebrations, we’ve created a book about the business; its foundations, its growth and its people. 

Over the next six weeks, we’re going to be releasing excerpts from the book, charting the Morson story from its earliest days to the present day.

One Small Step

From the age of 18, young Eccles boy Gerry Mason developed a hunger to explore life abroad. Initially he followed his passion for modern Jazz as well as spending some of his teenage years in Canada where he worked as a bank teller and lifeguard at Toronto University. When he returned at the age of 20, he began his career as a self-employed mechanical design draughtsman, discovering quickly that working for different companies on contract was a challenge that suited him. It was also a time Gerry discovered the love of his life, Margaret, who he married in 1962.

 

 

Despite the temptation to settle down, the draw of international travel, particularly Canada, remained strong. So, when the opportunity arose in 1966 to open and manage a Toronto office for UK firm Cromwell Engineering, Gerry jumped at the chance, taking Margaret and their two-year-old Ged and one-year-old Carmen with him.

Two successful years passed with Gerry learning much about developing a business and management. But all the while, a burning ambition was driving Gerry in another direction; recalling “I always had the ambition to come back and start my own business and basically work for myself.”

The cupboard under the stairs

Gerry believed firmly that “back then there was a pool of talented engineers and designers in the North West. The people were all hard working and honest.” With this in mind, he decided to realise his ambition by founding his own recruitment business, providing technical contract staff to the engineering industry. Their new home was a four-bedroom house in New Lane, Eccles. “It was a nice house,” Gerry recalled, “with a big open plan staircase and the desk underneath was the office.” And it was here, under the stairs, where Gerry’s new company J. Morson & Son, a combination of his surname and that of an old work colleague J. Corbett, was born. Unbeknown to him was the fact this would provide the foundations from which an international business would eventually grow; one that 50 years later remains rooted firmly in the fabric of the North West. 

 

 

With no money to hire staff, Gerry’s family were immediately thrown into helping get the business off the ground.

“When we got a call in the early morning or weekend my wife would answer saying she was the cleaner,” Gerry recalled with a smile. “Then, during the day when she answered, she was the secretary.” Gerry never took his family support for granted: “There was quite a bit of pressure on my wife and the family; mostly my wife. She supported me throughout the early years and during the growth in many ways. She was always there to support me every step of the way. I’ll forever be indebted to her for that.”

The time would soon some where the fledgling business would require its own permanent office space so the business could take on permanent staff to fulfil the growing demand…

Part two coming soon

Watch our video, 'No Finish Line: The Story So Far' and hear the Morson story as told by those who have been part of it

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Senior Buyer - Construction/Plant & Equipment

Senior Buyer - Indirect Procurement required to manage the end to end procurement process of Construction and Plant & Equipment projects for our client BAE Systems in Samlesbury, Lancashire however it is likely that for the immediate future this will involve remote working. These projects typically include; key infrastructure upgrades, utilities installation & removal, building refurbishments, office accommodation upgrades, introduction of manufacturing plant & equipment and site rationalisation work.Typically this will involve working with multiple stakeholders including; engineers, budget holders, SMEs, external suppliers, contractors and consultancies in order to devise and execute a suitable procurement strategy & implement contract documents.Roles & responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:Liaise with key stakeholders to determine product and service needsLead the process for undertaking market surveys of potential suppliersLead the process to prepare and issue pre-qualification documentsAssess the commercial status of potential suppliers including use of external financial advisers where appropriatePrepare & issue reports outlining recommendations for the use of potential suppliersLead the process for supplier de-briefsWhere required undertake visits to assess potential suppliersCorroborate the commercial and procurement aspects of business cases for proposed investmentsHelp devise procurement strategies and contracting routesPrepare & maintain procurement plansAttend & support project reviewsAssist suppliers to register & use e-RFX systemsProvide commercial advice on scopes of work & schedules of service prepared by othersPrepare & collate RFP packs (in conjunction with our professional advisers where necessary)Develop assessment criteria to be utilised to select the successful bidIssue tenders using e-RFX systemsEnsure tenders are run in accordance with the appropriate governance guidelinesRespond to tender queries as received from biddersManage tender returns in accordance with appropriate governance guidelinesUndertake commercial assessment (in conjunction with our professional advisers where necessary - 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Supply Chain Manager

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