September 11, 2015

11/09/2015: Best wishes to Richard Sago from everyone at Perry's

After a successful career spanning half a century in the grain trade, Richard Sago will finally be retiring from his post at Perry of Oakley in the UK. Managing Director David Perry writes:

"After 12 years of diligent and accomplished service with ourselves and over 51 years of work within the grain handling and drying trade in general Richard Sago will be taking full retirement as of the end of September.

"Richard will be missed by all of us at Perry’s and all his customers alike. Although he has agreed to carry out some consultancy-type work for us from time to time as needed.

"Richard started work 4th August 1964 at Eastern Counties Farmers Ltd in Ipswich, Suffolk as an agricultural engineering apprentice (a position lasting 5 years) and during those early years spent 12 months in the Grain Installations department, both in office on the drawing board and out on installations.

"He was first involved with Perry’s in 1969 - 70 when we supplied an inclined conveyor in Suffolk from inside a Jack Olding bin store to fill a 21’-0” diameter silo outside.
Image: Mark Fischer
"Richard remembers going to the factory at Oakley to collect it and being outside the yard when Nigel Perry opened the gates at 7.30am; he can’t remember what time he left home in the morning or what route he took, but it must have been early, bearing in mind there were no bypasses or M25 in those days.

"He married Jane in April 1971. They have 2 children, and now 5 grandchildren.

"Late 1971 till 1983 Richard went on the road as a retail sales representative later specialising in grain equipment, sprayers, fertiliser spreaders and drills. After the Grain department closed in 1972 he also drew basic schemes for external grain bins and silos for planning and ministry grant applications for himself and 4 other colleagues.

"1983 – 1986 Richard worked for Bamletts as Eastern Area Sales Manager selling drills, fertiliser spreaders and cultivation equipment. This was an enjoyable time and some good years, but unfortunately the banks were not helpful in those days and they decided to close in September 1986.

"October 1986 – September 2003 Richard joined Carier at Braintree as they were looking for an area salesman at that time (his old boss from the grain department days at ECF Clive Simpson was working there) for the Eastern region. His field of operations eventually spread from Suffolk to South Wales then, with colleagues' retirement, southern England as well.

"Richard had many enjoyable years working both in agricultural with farm work as well from Grain merchants and into Industrial sites: maltings, feed & flour mills, tea, rice and breweries, to name a few. Similar to today’s job with Perry’s - if it's dry, free-flowing and in bulk we can normally handle it.

"During late 2002 and 2003 he was asked by Nigel Perry to consider a move to Perry’s on the industrial side and agreed to join in October 2003.

"Richard says his last 12 years have flown by with a good family company, good colleagues and an excellent range of products to promote and sell, sometimes in difficult circumstances. He has made many friends along the way and wishes to pass on his many thanks for their help when it was needed.

"Richard arrived at Perry’s during a time when we were just beginning to push in a more industrial, non-grain direction to spread our product range to a wider audience. At the time I remember saying to Richard that I never saw him coming to Perry’s as being an extra cost, as I knew we could develop the business to our benefit in this direction, and today this has proved to be more than correct. Richard was influential in helping choose some of the directions to head in and influential in helping us to bring a few ex-Carier employees into the fold when they unfortunately ceased trading.

"Richard has been and will always be seen as a friend of both myself and my parents and we very much hope to stay in touch over the coming years and we, and all the staff at Perry’s, wish Richard and Jane all the best in the future and hope that they have a very enjoyable retirement."

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