Adult retailer Nice ‘n’ Naughty can justifiably claim to have brought new meaning to the term ‘sex education’ after four members of its staff recently achieved university degrees. And to mark their achievements they are all being sent on a free two-week holiday to Egypt, courtesy of Nice ‘n’ Naughty boss Simon Prescott.
Thomas Buggins from the chain’s Seel Street store in Liverpool has joined Julia Taylor from the High Street shop in Bangor, Louise Jones from Brook Street, Chester and Richard Tandy from an outlet in London Street, Southport in a quadruple graduation success.
Julia earned a 2:1 BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Neuropsychology, Louise secured a BA Hons degree in Graphic Design and Photography, Thomas studied for a BA Hons in Theatrical Design whilst Richard graduated with a second class (2:2) foundation degree in Interactive Media Study and a third class (2:3) Bachelors Degree (with honours, in Art) in Interactive Media Creation.
In addition to the holiday, their success is being rewarded with a special celebratory dinner with commemorative gifts, organised by Prescott.
“I am really proud of all of them and want to recognise their dedication and commitment,” he said. “We have tried to support them from day one and now they have completed their studies I want them to celebrate in style.”
He added: “Nice ‘n’ Naughty provided financial help where necessary to cover the cost of books and other learning materials as not all of them qualified for grants or student loans. On occasions some found juggling the costs of living with increasing fuel, energy and food costs difficult to balance whilst being a part time student.”
Simon also emphasised that his staff’s achievements could also help to change the perception of adult retail workers: “They are highly intelligent, dedicated professionals who can combine productive careers whilst studying to achieve some of the highest qualifications available and I would like to extend sincere congratulations to all my staff on their university successes.”
Student Thomas Buggins commented: “It’s always been great fun working for Simon and his team but sending us to Egypt is just amazing. Throughout my studying I received tremendous support from the company, especially my branch manager who was always very flexible with working hours and recognised the difficulties involved of combining work with study. All the hard work has paid off now, thanks in part to a very understanding employer.”