A Fathers Tale
It all started a little over ten years ago. Back in those days, I was commuting up to London every day and had done so for some twenty years. Yes, bored with the journey, (two hours there and another two hours back and that’s if the journey went smoothly), bored with my job and if I’m honest – bored with my life.
Never had time for my family, especially when there was always another train to catch and always another journey to London, to be made.
Then along came the 9/11 terrorist attack in the United States. When it happened, I never thought it would affect me. Never thought it would change my life forever. After all, why should it. But strangely enough, it did.
At that time my Son had found employment in antique reproduction furniture and thoroughly enjoyed the manufacturing processes involved in the bespoke furniture industry. But sadly, as a direct result of 9/11, the Americans weren’t so keen to fly across the Atlantic, and the antique reproduction market plummeted to a halt as those all to important ‘Big American Orders’ became a thing of the past. The Company my Son was employed with ‘bit the dust’ and my Son found himself unemployed and with little hope of any local employment.
So one evening whilst we were chatting over a beer, I suggested we start our own business. We made a list of all the alternative businesses we could think of and after much deliberation – our kitchen manufacturing business was born. We found ourselves an industrial unit, purchased the machines we needed and set up our very own factory/workshop.
Needless to say, I packed up working in London and to some extent, got my life back. I probably work more hours now, than I did when I was travelling to London, but I look on these hours as an important investment. An investment in my business and for my family – and that just seems to make all the difference.
My daughter was about 13 when our business started and now she’s fully grown, in her 20’s and runs the Office and handles most of the computer designs.
So I’ve ended up working with both my Son and my Daughter, all day every day – and that’s quite a change.
Even now, there are times when I reflect back and think that it’s so strange how events happening on the other side of the World, can ‘kick start’ a business into life and perhaps more importantly bring a family together.