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37 years and looking forward to celebrating many more
General News & Events - 1st Apr, 2021

Today officially marks J-Flex 37th birthday 

The last two years have flown by since our 35th birthday celebrations and of course, a LOT has happened since then.

Our Managing Director, Chairman, longest-serving member of the team, and Head of Marketing reflect:

“Like many family businesses we have had to overcome plenty of challenges in our 37 years, and the last 12-months have been no different. However our resilience and solid foundations laid down by our founders during the early days are helping us to overcome the current global, economic, and political challenges.”

“Our Shareholders have put their trust in a new Senior Leadership Team, and remain firmly committed to business in Retford and are actively looking at investment and growth opportunities. Suffice to say we head into our 38th year in business with renewed optimism and excitement.”

Sam Kirk, Managing Director

“Since Jill and I started the business in 1984, it’s been an incredible journey, and amazing to watch how J-Flex has adapted to technological advancements over the years.”

“We started out with a typewriter, fax machine and written ledgers, whereas nowadays almost everything is done electronically, with many colleagues able to work from home.”

Sam and John – supporting last years National Family Business Day

The old typewriter!

“Even our meetings with friends around the world are done via video calling platforms like Teams or Zoom, and although this has been a welcome alternative during the pandemic, we cannot wait to get back to meeting people face-to-face when things get back to ‘normal’.”

John Kirk, Chairman

“Having worked at J-Flex for 28 years, I’ve seen many changes along the way.”

“The company has been extremely supportive, understanding, and flexible over the years.”

“Passion, compassion, hard work, and loyalty have made this family business successful and I am proud to have been part of it.

Denise Parkinson, Team Support Assistant

Denise Parkinson, Team Support Assistant

Neil Duckmanton, Head of Marketing

Although I have only be working at J-Flex for two and a half years, I had worked closely with and alongside the company for most of its existence.”

“There is very much a family feel and working togetherness aspect with a firm but fair approach. Everyone is respected and supported and allowed to develop, along with transparency around company plans and sharing of info – which helps to make everyone feel like they are part of something.”

“We have thoughts, plans and ideas and for the future and foresee exciting times ahead.

Neil Duckmanton, Head of Marketing