Well, my background is in Engineering, in a (well known to Grantham) business called Grantham Electrical Engineering Company (GEECO for short) where I completed an Apprenticeship in 1994. Moved into and up the ranks to other companies in Grantham & Boston finally becoming a Sales Executive in 2008...Just when the recession was in full swing! Finding myself out of work in 2009 for the very first time, within 3 months I retrained myself in NEBOSH and PAT testing and started testing odd jobs from October and officially starting my business in Jan 2010. And this is where it all started!
Well, Starting any business in the middle of a recession was going to be a challenge, especially when nobody had ever heard of you and "isn't PAT testing an Electricians job?" was a regular phrase. Well a lot and I mean a lot of leg work, emails and networking paid off. Starting with a hand full of customers I started to build on the client base. My first year I was amazed to make any money let alone a wage!. I continued on where the client base grew organically networking slowed down, children arrived in our family; and the thirst to achieve and be a better provider to my family became the normal. I had a 5 year business plan and by 2014 I achieved what I wanted, help.
With the help of our local Job Center I offered work experience to people struggling to get back into work, I wanted to give back, I wanted to help in any way I could and this way they learnt about Electrical Safety, business to business operation, customer service and something to put on their CV with a reference from me. In 2015 I took on my first employee off the back of work experience. She was a University Graduate in Physics, I trained her up to my standards & values and she hit the ground running. A valuable asset to the business especially where we had work in places where vulnerable women were taking residence.