Korrie bid fond farewell to popular staff member
Korrie Mechanical and Plumbing (Ltd), part of the Ingen Group, said a fond farewell to one of their long-serving employees last week as Andy Davidson left the company to begin a new life in Australia.
Andy, who has been with company for just shy of a decade, joined back in October of 2007 and has been on a personal journey of development from day one that has seen him climb the ranks to become an important cog in the Korrie machine.
During these formative years, Andy undertook almost every role within the office and has been mentored and moulded to allow him to become a senior member of the team.
On route, he was able to study for an honours degree in Building Services Quantity Surveying which has only enhanced his personal development as he gained his qualifications, whilst gaining invaluable experience in the working environment at the same time.
Andy admits he owes everything to the senior team in the company, as they have mentored him from a young boy into the man he has become today.
He said: “I started with Corrie, as it was back then, back in October 2007, so I had some ten years working with the likes of Donnie Fraser, Peter Corbett and Peter Shaw from the early days to the transition to being Korrie with a K and part of the Ingen Group as it is now. It has been an absolute pleasure and I have gained so much from everyone of those guys so I cannot thank them enough.
“I am not the most emotional person, but it was very strange feeling to leave some of the guys behind after working with most of them for the best part of ten years. I know I will certainly miss some of the guys and the banter that goes with being around the office as well.
I owe Korrie for everything that I have achieved so far in my career. If it wasn’t for guys like Peter Corbett, Donnie Fraser, Peter Shaw and Warren MacDonald supporting me when I was young, then there is no chance I would be able to do what I am about to do or have the opportunity to even try this sort of thing.
“Everyone at Korrie has been so supportive of me and we spoke about it almost a year in advance of it coming to fruition. I told them it was something I had to and they respected that. I cannot thank them enough though because they reshuffled the office about in a way to make sure I could still play my part without hindering the progress of the business as I make my exit. I know 100 percent that if I ever comeback that the door will always be open here and I am really appreciative for that.”
Andy is now emigrating to Australia to start a new life in the land down under, but says he takes away nothing, but fond memories and more than a few laughs along the way from his time in Inverness.
He added: “I am now at the point where I feel like I have to go and do something completely different, so that is why I chose the switch to Australia. It is a completely different way of life and obviously the weather is a huge factor for me as I am the first to get the winter blues and they can sometimes last the whole year round in Scotland. It is a challenge for me to set up a new life for myself over there and I like the idea of that, so that is definitely my main motivator.
“I have a lot of fond memories, but I think my most memorable one was a few years back when Karen from servicing got Peter Shaw a cake for his birthday. Peter loves his cakes and treats and has a real sweet tooth, so he was absolutely thrilled by the gesture.
“The problem for Peter was that it was actually one of these Lush soap bath bombs that looked like a cupcake. In his defence, it did look very tasty, but I will never forget his face as he bit into this elegantly decorated piece of soap, thinking it was cake. What a great laugh we had that day and it is something I will never forget.”
Everyone at Korrie and across the Ingen Group wish Andy all the very best on his travels and hope he keeps everyone up to date with his new life as it progresses.