THE New Year has brought new job joy for a group of hard working Christmas temps at a busy Chorley bargain store.
Five of the eight Christmas temporary staff employed to cope with the festive rush at B & M Bargains at Market Walk have been made permanent members of staff in 2012.
One of the delighted recipients of a new work contract was Josh Hope, 20, of Chorley, who had been unemployed for almost four years since he left school.
He started at the store in October last year on an eight week unpaid work experience placement via the local Job Centre which is set up to help the unemployed gain valuable experience for their CVs.
Manager of the store, Gill Purgac, was so impressed with his attitude and hard work that she offered him a temp job through December.
Then on Christmas Eve he got the best gift of all - a full time permanent position from the beginning of January.
Josh, a keen sportsman who enjoys playing American football and squash, said: “I think it was the best Christmas present I have ever had.
“I wasn’t expecting it all and I was so shocked and pleased when they told me.”
His manager Gill said: “It was a nice feeling to be able to give some of our temps a permanent job for 2012.
“They have gained their positions because of their hard work over the festive period and the fact they have proved to me that they can show up on time every day which is obviously very important.
“We had a very busy time in the run up to Christmas and sales were up substantially on the year before.
“So I felt that if they were able to cope in a busy December with the demands of a retail job, then they were an obvious choice as a new permanent member of our team.”
Neighbouring New Look also made three of its temps permanent.