Andrew’s Story

“I still make furniture covers for my own, private customers 17 years on, and I will carry on for many years to come.”

Find out more about Andrew’s story below…

Andrew and his mother Barbara are great examples of how working with Plumbs can make a real difference to your business. Watch the video below to see what they have to say…

Find out more about Andrew in his own words…

“Where did becoming self-employed start for me? Well I was in-between jobs. I had no clue as to what I wanted to do. I had been in catering, but I didn’t want to continue with that line of work, so I approached my parents and asked for their help.

My parents had their own company and I hoped they would help me out with a job. It wasn’t an easy ask though. I didn’t know how I would get along with my dad, especially with him being my boss, and I didn’t want to let my parents down by deciding not to pursue a career in the family business further down the road. They were good enough to give me a chance though, so I threw myself into the family business and I learnt the family trade of loose cover making. I even completed an apprenticeship.

After a while, I got itchy feet again and I left the industry completely. I pursued other ventures but I eventually came to realise what it was that was wrong with every position I had held. They were all employed roles and I always had someone else telling me what to do, how to do it and when to do it by. Although I consider myself a people person, I realised that it was having a boss that didn’t suit. I had thought it was the type of work that wasn’t working out for me. That’s why I went from one job to another. When, all along, it wasn’t that at all.

So, back to the loose cover making industry I went but this time under a separate entity to my parents. I set up my own loose cover making business. I have not had itchy feet since. I still make furniture covers for my own, private customers 17 years on, and I will carry on for years to come.”

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