After a decade of service to the Honiton community through her work at a town centre store, a local woman has spoken of the delight she gets simply from going to work.
Recently, Tina Nidd celebrated ten years at the Co-op’s convenience store in Lace Walk.
Having lost work at what used to be the bakery on New Street, Tina was keen to get back into a similar role.
“I saw an advert in the Co-op window, came in to enquire about the job and was interviewed straight away. They hired me on the spot and I haven’t looked back since,” she said.
“I started out on the checkouts and serving customers at the kiosk, but then progressed to the in-store bakery preparing freshly baked bread and pastries each day.
“I’ve worked my way up to being in charge of the bakery and I now manage a small team.
“I enjoy the job because it’s varied. While my main responsibility is the bakery, I also deal with deliveries and take care of promotions that we run in store.
“Every day is different and the role is multi-skilled. There is a good team working here. We all have each other's backs and care about each other’s wellbeing.
“Customers also make the job very rewarding. We have a lot of regulars and we are always there to help.
“You get to know people who come in most days and you miss them if you don’t see them.
“It’s an important part of being in the heart of a community; you can look out for people and you’re there if anyone has a problem."