“ In the beginning God created man, then he created RDS. One thing is certain; this industry has always been in my blood. My dad successfully managed Bolton Gate Company for many years, and during that time, many family members successfully created their own prospects – some of them right through to retirement, which proves that once you’re in the chances are you’re in for good. We didn’t see this at the time, but it is something I’m sure you all feel at some point.”
“For me, my role model was my dad. I watched him for many years dedicate 100% of his life to ‘the empire’ even well beyond his retirement age. His passion was his work. Even at his ripe old age, he would want to come to work with me just to keep his hand in and to keep himself moving. Sadly, age got the better of him, and this was not always possible, but he always enquired about the business, which spurred me on even more.
My mom was my grounding person. She ensured that my feet stayed firmly on the ground as long as she could. I was very lucky to have had these people in my life. I still believe their watchful eyes are watching over me every step of the way.
After leaving school and with the added benefit of my family working in this industry with a company that was known as ‘the empire’ (Bolton Gate Co), my dad suggested that I at least do an apprenticeship which I decided to start.
I proceeded to work on a daily basis with only one thing in my sights – to start my own business. I started my apprenticeship at 16 and finished at 21.
In 1983 I decided that this was the year. I hated working for Bolton Gate, which had now been taken over by Tarmac, so I decided that, at some point, the time had
come. This came much sooner than expected, and with the help of my cousin, who gave me £250 to paint their garage and a Datsun van, I was up and running. Things were tough. I remember my first Lloyds bank manager agreeing to a £200 overdraft with a guarantee which was my cousin once more.
Once I had started to gather speed and get some regular work, I knew I would never be able to look back, only forward. RDS grew quickly. We became a limited company, and things really started to accelerate.
Along the way, I have made some great contacts who supported me through those early days and have become friends as well as colleagues, so I personally thank you all.
There are far too many names to mention, but I do honestly thank you all truly for your loyalty and support shown to RDS throughout our 40 years of trading. We have some great suppliers & trade partners who have been a constant source of support as we have grown. Thank you to every single person who continues to play a part in RDS’s successes.”
To celebrate our 40th anniversary and give back to the local community, we’ve partnered with the B30 Foodbank – an organisation established by local churches in September 2013 with the aim of delivering emergency food packages to families.
We are taking part in a variety of exciting fundraising events throughout 2023 to raise money for the B30 Foodbank, including the Birmingham Marathon and Half Marathon and the 3 Peaks Challenge. All of the money raised will be donated directly to the food bank at the end of the year, along with regular donations throughout the year.
As well as participating in local events, we’ll be hosting our own fundraisers throughout the year, including a summer BBQ and a golf day. Staff and clients are encouraged to get involved and help to raise money for this excellent local cause.