Longest serving employee at MENTA retires

Sandra Nolan (with flowers) with MENTA's board members
Sandra Nolan (with flowers) with MENTA's board members
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The longest serving employee at Suffolk entreprise agency MENTA has taken early retirement.

Sandra Nolan, of Barrow, has bid farewall after 16 years at the organisation where she started as an administrator on reception and progressed to become finance manager.

She said: “When I first started work for MENTA at The Vision Centre, in Eastern Way, Bury St Edmunds, it was just myself and the chief executive.

“In the early years we worked solely in West Suffolk, helping people start up a business with advice and training.”

MENTA, which was established 33 years ago, now works with established companies, small business owners, home based businesses as well as start-ups across the county.

Its offices in Bury and Haverhill are home to more than 40 businesses.

Mrs Nolan, who was presented with a bouquet of flowers and bottle of prosecco to mark her retirement, said: “I believe in everything about MENTA and to have worked for them has been an absolute joy.

“It’s to help ordinary people start up their own business and watch them grow.”

She plans to spend more time with her garndchildren, enjoy her garden and has trips planned to Burma and Northern India.

Alistair Ponder, chairman of MENTA, said the organisation has changed ‘immensely’ since Mrs Nolan joined.

This has included the introduction of monthly networking events, regular business information seminars, a personality profiling service as well as the expansion of its business skills training.

Mr Ponder added: “Our warmest best wishes to Sandra as she enjoys her well-deserved retirement.”