Long Service Awards

Working at Ernest Doe

A company is only as good as the staff that work for it. We are extremely proud of our staff retention figures and celebrate long service with an annual 'gold watch' ceremony celebrating the 25th work anniversary of each of our team members who reach this milestone.



The first gold watches were presented in 1958 to mark the 50th anniversary of Lou Atkins and Jack Whybrow. Jack Whybrow, in turn, surprised Ernest Doe’s son, Ernie, with a gold watch for his own long service of 40 years!

In 1972 a decision was made to present a gold watch to every member of staff on their 25th work anniversary – an incredible 29 gold watches were presented that year! To date, we have presented 307 watches in recognition of the loyalty and dedication given to the company.

In October 2023, we were delighted to celebrate a truly remarkable 400 years’ collective service with the presentation of 14 gold watches and a special 50th anniversary barbecue! Steven Houlding, one of our agricultural service technicians based at our Colchester branch, has reached an impressive career milestone this year with 50 years’ service, having joined our business in 1973!

50 years is a remarkable achievement – thank you for your loyal service and dedication Steven.

Colin E Doe, Chairman


Previous recipients

Previous recipients

Please browse our archive of long service award winners.

Long service news


Honouring 400 Years’ Collective Service

Read More

2023 Graduation Ceremony Apprentice Day

We were extremely proud to host our 2023 Graduation Ceremony Apprentice Day at our Ulting headquarters last week. The event brought together a total of 21 first and second-year apprentices, along with this year’s 7 graduates, in a celebration of their skills development and achievements.

Read More
Ernest Doe Ulting First Aiders #1

How quick thinking and first aid training saved a life at our workplace!

Read More
Prime Minister meets our apprentices

Prime Minister meets our apprentices

Our apprentices met Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at Writtle University College when he joined them for a lesson on tractor maintenance

Read More
Ernest Doe Where you buy with confidence