Close friend and next door neighbour, Ian Radford, joined as designer. Ian was gifted in design and business acumen, and as the business grew he took on the role of Sales Director. On a side note, I had also worked alongside Ian's dad, David, at Kendal builder's merchant - AP Kendal - my very first job in kitchens.
My wife (Mandy), sister (Lynda), mum (Pearl), brother (Ted) and Ian's brother (Noel) all stepped in to help when needed and the business went from strength to strength. Customers from the early days still say that "Mum sold kitchens with charm and a tea pot".
My wife's close friend, Sharon, joined early on and was quickly promoted to General Manager and Buyer (she still is... in fact, everyone still is!).
Gary Birkett started out as an installer and is now our Technical Manager - providing full project management and technical solutions.
Rebecca Luisi joined as showroom assistant and is now our Financial Manager. Des Donovan has been our ever cheerful delivery driver for over 15 years and was recently promoted to Warehouse Manager. One of my sons, Daniel, started an apprenticeship with us recently and assists in computer aided design and website updates.