After leaving university I worked for a number of years in corporate insolvency, always with the thought in the back of my mind that I needed to be outdoors and not sat at desk in front of a computer.

Thankfully, A family friend was able to offer me work with his building company (Darren Smith Homes) and I jumped at the opportunity. I was taught many different skills such as brick laying and walling and also worked alongside landscapers to learn paving, fencing and decking.

After 4 years I was ready to start on my own and had built up a small client basis nearer to home. Wintersgill Gardens began trading in June 2008 and I have never looked back.

Now working alongside Richard Breese our business is going from strength to strength.