I started out in engineering as a sixteen-year-old on a YTS scheme in welding and fabrication.
I wanted some money in my pocket and a motorbike, and the means do the things I enjoyed.
I have always strived to be the best at whatever I do, and although I have found that's not always possible, it drives you to learn and expand your knowledge to achieve.
My father ran his own business and from an early age, I dreamed of starting and running a successful business of my own, a company that would have a reputation second to none, not only for its customer service, but also for the team involved with it, and the suppliers supporting it.
So, in February 2004, I sold my home and using the equity started Swift Precision Ltd.
A company that could be a one stop shop for customers wanting a turn key solution to their metalwork procurement.
And to create a team that can give quality first and foremost, for a cost that not only delivers for the customer, but for the company, helping to secure jobs and futures to all those who work for us and strive to be better.
This would take longer to achieve than I first thought, but it has always been the goal.
I have steered Swift through the 2008 crash and came out the other side, down but not out! Since then, we have gone from strength to strength, moving to bigger premises in January 2012 and securing a lease with an option to purchase.
Through this time, I have always had the support of a former colleague, and now my business partner Roy.
After many hours chatting over the years, I managed to persuade Roy his future lay here at Swift, and in July 2014 with the small team, Roy and I embarked on our ambitious plans and together we have grown our company to new levels, attaining a reputation for making it happen and going the extra mile.
In 2015, the company acquired the site it presides on and is now planning to develop a new factory to grow in to, and to realise a dream of a boy who used to clean his father’s bakery for pocket money.