Above: Stephen Higgins receives a bottle of champagne and a cheque from Salop Leisure’s chairman Tony Bywater to mark his 25 years’ service, watched by the company’s accounts team

Stephen Higgins, the financial director of Shropshire and Mid Wales leisure company Salop Leisure, is celebrating 25 years’ service in the business. Stephen joined Salop Leisure on 1 December 1993, when it was known as Salop Caravans, having previously served the company for four years as an external auditor, employed by Whittingham Riddell, in Shrewsbury.

During his time at Salop Leisure, the company moved its Shrewsbury headquarters from Meole Brace to state-of-the-art premises at Emstrey, back in 2006, which provided the springboard for major expansion and diversification. Today, the company has satellite sales centres in Machynlleth and Stourport-on-Severn and owns nine caravan parks, the Love2Stay resort and Love Plants specialist plants centre.

Working alongside Tony Bywater, Salop Leisure’s chairman, he has contributed to significant business growth – turnover has increased from £5 million to around £40 million and staffing has risen from 60 to 300, so his years at the company really have been golden ones!