THE FORMER manager of Portsmouth International Port has spoken of his delight after being awarded the Lifetime Achievement accolade at last year’s Business Excellence Awards.
Martin Putman worked at the port for 28 years before retiring.
Now he is encouraging other businessmen and women to put themselves forward for an award.
Martin said: ‘I felt as though the award was for all of the 300, highly-skilled people I worked with who helped us achieve what we did.’
Martin was asked to present an award at last year’s ceremony, so the win took him by surprise.
He said: ‘I was astounded. It was so unexpected. As a bystander it was lovely to see new start-ups and apprentices trying to become established and getting that recognition.
‘When you see a team on stage you can see it gives them such a boost.’
Martin added that the win left him wanting to thank people.
He said: ‘It made me realise how many people I wanted to thank, the team, the council, the ferry companies.
‘They all played a part in my job running smoothly and I would certainly recommend people put themselves or exceptional colleagues forward. It is worth it.’
On his retirement, Martin said: ‘I’m currently catching up on years of DIY! I’m also still involved with organisations like the British Ports Association.
‘It’s a big transition, going from a high-intensity job to retirement and, although at times I might miss it, I’m thankful most days that I don’t have to go to work!’