On cutting the cake with his wife Chris, chair Geoff Oldham said that when he launched the company from his front bedroom in 1994, he never could have imagined how far it would come.
The four directors served drinks to guests on arrival, looking dashing in their royal blue Suresite Wetstock aprons. The slogan ‘Don’t miss a drop’ said it all.
As canapes circulated, guests, including members of Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and local business owners, chatted and laughed.
Next came small bowls bearing tastes of foods from around the world, including traditional sausage and mash, green Thai curry, beef bourguignon and pomegranate seed topped vegetable cous cous.
Desserts followed, including cheesecake, chocolate mousse and chocolate dipped strawberries.
During a short video presentation, and informal directors’ speeches, guests were told about key company milestones, including the launches of Suresite Card Services in 2005 and Suresite Wetstock in 2016.
Geoff cited that the company was now turning over £2.5billion fuel card transactions, only to be corrected by chief financial officer Martin Eastwood that it was in fact £2.6billion.
Staff went home with full bellies and brandishing wellbeing themed goody bags, which included a personalised water bottle and a top of the range Fitbit fitness tracker.
Geoff said: “From a home-based business providing H&S and risk assessment for fuel forecourts, Suresite has grown into an award-winning SME that offers payment card processing, on- and offline H&S training and wetstock management to customers all over the world.
“In 2018, we moved beyond the forecourt for the first time, building a strong relationship with Costcutter and working with their convenience store owners to provide payment card processing.
“We’ve come a long way in 25 years and we couldn’t have done it without the amazing people who work for us. They not only give of their all, but they make head office a warm and welcoming place to be.
“I may not be around to see all of it, but here’s to the next 25 years!”