because the recession hit, but by then I was better skilled. I was doing bits and bobs on the weekend to get by. I lived on Super Noodles, Pot Noodles and white bread for six months! T e potential to earn more
money drove me to continue with the training and after six months, I became a qualifi ed gas engineer. From there, I managed to get a position with OnStream, owned by National Grid and, at 19, was earning £30,000 which allowed
It’s all about me
Expelled from Stanground College at 15
A sister, Chiara, who is 29 Location
Squash, golf and eating out at nice restaurants
One of my ambitions with Impra-Gas is to give back and get more apprentices on board
me to buy a car and get a house. I worked there for six months,
then went to K&D Heating & Plumbing for two years. I did that for two years, before deciding to take a career break and travel around Australia for six months. I returned to Peterborough and got my old job back, but I became depressed. T at Christmas, my mum bought
me Lord Sugar’s autobiography. I was addicted to the book and didn’t put it down, reading it every night. I was inspired to start my own business. I got the idea for Impra-Gas, secured a £15,000 personal loan through Tesco Bank and quit my job.
Who or what inspires you?
Success inspires me; evolution in my organisation inspires me; achieving goals inspires me, but most importantly it’s that we all have the ability to wake each day and go after whatever we want from life. Now that’s exciting! One of my biggest inspirations
growing up was my uncle. He’s very successful and I got to see two diff erent lifestyles. My family didn’t have much money – my dad didn’t work. However, my uncle showed me
the life you could have. He was the managing director of a car fi nance company. He had a similar route to me as he left school with no qualifi cations. He attended night school to get his O’ Levels and went from being a debt
Australia and London Book
I enjoy listening to audiobooks about inspiring people, such as the inventor Thomas Edison – he failed 10,000 times, but never gave up
I listen to all genres, I haven’t got a favourite
iPad, Mac and iPhones are the centre of my world
collector at the company to becoming the MD within ten years. He worked his way through the organisation and was earning a lot of money. Alan Sugar was my second
inspiration, and he was the reason I started the business.
What has been your lowest mo- ment, and what your noblest hour?
When you run your own business, there are a lot of dark hours in the early years, especially when
you go it alone. It can sometimes seem like you’re under water and you’re trying to get to the surface, but no matter how hard you swim you can’t get there. But you have to keep swimming and you will eventually get that breath you need. I have two noblest hours: one
is my fi rst day of offi cial work as a business owner. T e other is winning T e Apprentice.
What and when was your career turning point?
I have three. T e fi rst was being expelled from school. T e second was the day I decided to start the business and the third was the day I won T e Apprentice. I have invested T e Apprentice money in our set up, bringing in a jobs booking and management system. We’ve also acquired four new offi ces and got new vans and uniforms. We are expanding county by county – we’re in Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire, and we’re hoping to move to London in the next fi ve years.
What’s next in your career?
I want to grow the business and expand it nationwide. My aim is to compete with British Gas. I feel very strongly about
apprenticeships. One of my ambitions with Impra-Gas is to give back and get more apprentices on board. At the moment, we have an
offi ce apprentice called Ellie who is 19. We also have a work-based programme where we partner with a number of secondary schools, following youngsters having trouble at school or close to being expelled. We have three youngsters who come in once a week to get a taster of what plumbing is like. I’d like to expand this. I also want to be a millionaire by
the time I’m 30. If Lord Sugar, who lived on a council estate and came from nothing to become a billionaire, can do it, then why can’t I? T at’s exactly how I live. I tell the world what I want to achieve. I have a schedule of things that I visualise and say to myself every night, and it works. Having a strong belief and working towards it will make it happen. I have everything I’ve ever wanted.
I’m not scared of failure; you have to fail to become successful.
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