After serving a 5 year apprenticeship in engineering I moved into sales, working for Swish Products, a well-known brand leader in curtain track suspension systems.
After 10 years working as Area Sales Manager, I moved across into the newly formed Building Products Division as Sales Manager, promoting maintenance-free Roofline products and trims for the window industry.
In 1990, Swish were bought out by Williams Holdings and in 1991 I was made redundant. This was devastating at the time, but 3 months later I joined a small extrusion company as Sales Manager, promoting similar products to Swish.
The turnover was around £3million and with hard work by everyone concerned, Eurocell Building Products opened up numerous distribution centres. When I retired in 2008 the yearly turnover had reached £120 million with over 100 trade centres around the UK.
Since retiring, an equity company has bought the company which is stock market-listed, and they now have over 200 depots nationwide with a turnover around £250 million.
Now I have free time I am busy fundraising for muscular dystrophy causes. Every year I have held a Charity Golf Day which has generated around £100,000 for muscular dystrophy charities. The 2020 event has been postponed but should now take place on Thursday September 24th.
Other charity events I have arranged over the years include quiz nights and bridge drives. During the winter I play bridge badly.
In the summer I watch cricket at Worcester and when time permits I visit my grandsons, who are 11 and 9.