Barry - 40 years of service
"One Saturday morning in August 1976, I called in to our motorcycle showroom on Worth Way to pick up some 2-stroke oil for my RD. Whilst there I got chatting to Stuart Feeny and within a few minutes Colin joined us and asked if I would be interested in working for Colin Appleyard in the parts and clothing department. That brief chat was my job interview! I started a week later and that was 40 years ago.
Doesn’t time fly when you're enjoying yourself?"
Jeanette - 30 years of service
"I only came in for a spark plug! I started at the bike shop in August 1985, a young and naive 17 year old and was interviewed and trained by Peggy to do hand written paper invoicing. There were no computers back then, just a typewriter - oh how things have changed! I actually wanted to be a veterinary nurse, but the pay wasn’t too good at that time so applying to Colin Appleyards as a receptionist/admin seemed like a pretty good alternative.
I’ve seen staff come and go with many coming back for a second or even a third time, so on the whole I think Colin Appleyards is a good company to work for."
Malcolm - 38 years of service
"After serving as an apprentice in the building trade and getting hooked on motorcycles (all purchased from Colin Appleyard), I was one day leaning on the parts counter when Stuart Feeny told me they needed a delivery driver. I jumped at the chance and started my career on March 30th 1978. I was employed as the driver/used bike preparer until a mishap on August 11th of that year, saw myself and our parts person Jarno spend a lengthy spell in Bradford Royal Infirmary.
On my release from hospital I was collected by my parents who drove me straight to work where I started work in our parts department. After what seemed like an eternity (15yrs), I moved to run the service department where I have worked ever since."
Lee - 27 years of service
"I came to Colin Appleyard for work experience in February 1989, and was offered a job in March of that year. I finished school on Friday 2nd June and started work on Monday 5th June. I began as an apprentice technician at the bike branch, going to all the other garages to do valeting, car servicing and repairs etc. in quiet spells.
In 1993 I worked as Robin Appleyards technician in the race team and we won the British Championship that year. From 1995-2004 I rode for the race team in the British Championship on Supersport 600 and 1000. Then in 1997 I went to oversee the workshop at our new bike shop in Leeds.11 years later, I was promoted to Aftersales Manager for the group. I've never written a C.V.!"