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Morson celebrates 50th anniversary

Morson Group celebrated its 50th anniversary on Saturday 6th July with a concert party for over 800 employees in Cheshire.

The party took place at Gawsworth Hall, a Tudor manor house that dates back to 1480, with a guest list that included former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Mancunian boxing legend Ricky Hatton and 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 the company’s 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 £866.7m in 2018, now occupies 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 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, shared, "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.

"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."

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