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Building your own startup

My name is Andrew Colman and I am a Welder/Fabricator. Back in 2011 I started working for a large engineering company called Main Road Sheet Metal Ltd.

Working my way up the ranks starting from the bottom each year my skill set improved, I was then moved across to the fabrication side of things manufacturing all kinds of work that was required. During my time at Main Road there was highs and lows but I knew where I wanted to be and if I was going to learn the skills I needed to learn I had to work my way up, After endless hours and many mistakes and yes there were times when I wondered if this was the career for me, but I stuck with is as with anything in life you have to too reach your goals.

In my last year I decided I needed more of a challenge and wanted to make more of myself as I believed I had more to offer. Whilst working full time I decided to rent a small unit in Bamber Bridge, Preston. When I first started I would work from 6am-5pm and most Saturdays at main road then after work I would go straight to my workshop and on occasions work till 2-3am the following morning. This was not easy, as you can imagine and I never actually knew if it was going to work or if I was just wasting my time.

It was a struggle to start with

Starting off was a struggle as literally all I had was a borrowed welder from my boss, as time went on I slowly bought my own van and tools and built the workshop up with everything I needed. I remember there being times in the early stages where I could literally nearly burst into tears as I struggled with starting from nothing, having to work endless hours just on the hope that it would take off, however I stuck with it and did everything I could with what I had.

As the business rapidly grew I started to get orders from big and reputable companies which was a relief and exciting. I then had to make the decision to stay at my secure job or try and make a go of it on my own which was a big risk as at the time, I was expecting a new born baby and had bills that had to be paid, not only that the company I worked for was a company I have a lot of respect for and didn’t really want to leave them. At the time I remember everyone surrounding me advising me that it was a big risk as I never knew if the work would continue,  I decided if I was going to make something of myself and be who I wanted to be there was no other option to give it a go!!

Growing nicely from nothing

Now 8 months on we have currently turned over approximately £80,000 from nothing, manufacturing catering equipment and wrought iron gates and railings with bespoke custom designs (electrical and manual) and are seeking a new premises. The reason I wanted to write this blog is to make people aware that you can achieve anything you set your mind to all you need is some imagination and drive. I believe if you truly want something you should give it your best and always try to be your best and not what other people expect of you.

So you can contact him by: 
Phone: 07340 987465


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