The 46-year-old has just been named as CHIPS Employee of the Year at the national video games chain’s annual award ceremony.

James, who lives in Middlesbrough, joined the Teesside-based games chain as a general Man Friday but his role has expanded into almost every area of the business.

The Employee of the Year Award is made to the staff member who “goes the extra mile” for the benefit of the whole CHIPS network. It was made at the 6th annual CHIPS Christmas Conference held at Ramside Hall in County Durham.

The award, sponsored by Microsoft’s Xbox 360, was presented to James by Simon Bray, Microsoft UK Retail Business Manager. He received an engraved trophy, inscribed plaque and ¬£250.

“I am delighted to have won the award. I really enjoy working for CHIPS and I will continue to strive to get even better at my job,” said James.

CHIPS Joint Managing Director Don McCabe said: “CHIPS now has more than 30 stores across the country and I don’t think there is anyone in the company who does not know James, wherever they work.

“He turns his hands to anything he is asked. He is known to many of the franchisees as the man who helps pull their store into shape before it opens.

“Recently has become an absolute bonus in the warehouse helping to ensure the smooth transfer of stock to and from stores.

“His quiet, unassuming, non-complaining manner makes him a hit with everyone and he was an extremely popular winner.”


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