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  • Well… I finally took option 2

    Posted by David Rogers on May 9, 2023 at 10:51 am

    Not been around on UKSB for a while – been head down, nose to the grind and generally killing myself.
    After 15 years as ‘AW signs’ – working as an employee, but with the role of ‘it’s all on me’ the company owner had to bow out due to serious medical issues.

    Option 1:
    Go stack shelves for an easier life & better money.

    Option 2:
    Be a dumb-ass and buy the company over, hire staff & re-brand

    I took option 2.

    Mark Johnston replied 1 year, 2 months ago 13 Members · 16 Replies
  • 16 Replies
  • Simon Worrall

    May 9, 2023 at 11:18 am

    Good choice David. You wont regret it.

  • David Hammond

    May 9, 2023 at 1:14 pm

    Congratulations! A brave, bold decision. That said, you’re probably well suited to taking the role on with your experience working within the company. You may even have ideas on how to ‘improve’ and now have the ability to do so.

    Can’t help much on the money front though 😂

  • Phill Fenton

    May 9, 2023 at 2:33 pm

    Well done David. I always thought you were the company anyway. Onward and upward

  • Gordon Smithard

    May 9, 2023 at 7:29 pm

    I’ve not met anyone yet who’s taken a giant leap like that and regretted it, well done.

  • Leslie Anderson

    May 9, 2023 at 9:16 pm

    Congratulations David. 👍🙂

  • David Rogers

    May 9, 2023 at 11:06 pm

    Cheers guys. Yes, not my first rodeo with running a company…(3 in the last 20 years) but first as full owner.

    Bought a new van for myself a month before it was official, kinda a ‘hey ho…doing my own thing no matter what”
    Bought all the kit that wasn’t already mine, stock and paid a “goodwill gesture”.
    Books are rammed full and can’t get it out fast enough, creating the issue of turning away jobs, jobs from good customers.
    Being kinda ruthless, dropping more and more waste of time jobs and customers…a trick I’ve spent the last year perfecting by ejecting people from the office for getting stroppy!

    The First month under my belt…

    • David Hammond

      May 10, 2023 at 5:29 pm

      This makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. 👍

      Very easy to get bogged down doing sh**y little jobs, or pandering to demanding customers over tiny orders. I’m quite fond of showing customers the door, let them be someone else’s problem 😂

  • RobertLambie

    May 10, 2023 at 12:04 am

    Good to see you back on the boards Dave and even better with the news of you taking over the company.
    I am sure you will have a list of things you want to chop and change as well as try new ones. Exciting times ahead, I’m sure!

  • Kevin Mahoney

    May 10, 2023 at 9:20 am

    Congratulations Dave. Can you send me the details on that shelf stacking job at Tesco please

  • Jamie Wood

    May 10, 2023 at 10:58 am

    Good luck – I’ve just done the same thing…..

  • Hugh Potter

    May 10, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    Well done, David, you seem to know what you’re doing and always churn out nice work, you’ll smash it!



  • Karen White

    May 10, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    congrats 🙂

  • Jeff

    May 12, 2023 at 7:12 pm

    nice move. 👍
    when you say rebrand, are you changing the name?

  • David Rogers

    May 17, 2023 at 11:22 pm

    A wee change. Went to A1 from AW…and colour scheme from red, black and white to grey, blue and white.

  • Mark Johnston

    May 18, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    brave leap of faith but i think you made the right choice. 😎

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