Robin Antill, who founded the business in 1979 and is senior partner and manufacturer with a proven track record of manufacturing garden sheds to the customers' needs since 1979.
Originally his business, Marina Sheds Ltd, started in a smallish way but over a period of years grew to be the largest garden buildings company in Surrey and one of the largest in the UK. Initially, he was involved in making garden sheds but this evolved into garden workshops, summer houses and playhouses.
This was established by providing the customer with what they required and not what he thought the customer wanted. And this was the reason he started the company in the first place. He found that he was unable to buy a building to suit his needs of he decided to build his own. And from that initial building expanded into a thriving business. And how many successful businesses started because what they wanted was not available on the market? The experience gained over all these years honed his knowledge of what is required for the perfect garden building.
In 1990 he sold his business to his accountant so he could take a break from day to day involvement. Unfortunately, with the recession of the early 1990's and possibly the bad running of the company by his accountant, to whom he had sold Marina Sheds Ltd, went out of business.
Feeling protective of his former employees, and to the loyalty they had shown to him when he owned Marina Sheds Ltd, he felt honour bound to do what he could so he created Titan Garden Buildings Ltd in 1992 from scratch and re-engaged his former workers. Again, with his experience built up over so many years, he set about building Titan Garden Buildings Ltd into a second successful company and he eclipsed his first company within 6 years.
His experience within the garden buildings industry had grown extensively and had become known for his expertise and knowledge which was gained over a very long period. During this spell garden office and timber garages were added to the range as well as a large range of other purpose-built buildings including one for a 40ft yacht.
During the Titan Garden Buildings years his son, Craig, joined the business from school, although he did train at Guildford College in carpentry. And in 1996 Craig asked Robin about starting a website to help retail the buildings to the public. With full support from Robin, although at the time he was a little apprehensive as to whether it would be successful, Craig created the website http://www.titan.uk.com shortly afterwards.
This website was the very first garden shed company to appear on the internet, and this was pre Google and when AltaVista, Excite, and ask Jeeves were the goto search engines. Just imagine life without Google and Robin Antill and his son, Craig, were on the web before Larry Page and Sergey Brin got there.
The earliest record on the WayBackInTime website of Craig's new website was in December 1998. To show the significance of Craig's foresight Google only went online for the very first time, in a very small way, in November 1998. And at that time its URL was http://google.stanford.edu:80/ and not Google.com - that wasn't used until 2nd December 1998. And in that November of 1998 www.titan.uk.com had been online for over a year.
In 2000 a decision was made to expand the offerings of buildings available so a new website was born. https://www.leisurebuildings.com with the first record of it in April 2000. This enabled Robin and Craig to use their 26 years experience, at the time, in manufacturing as well as all technical aspects of garden buildings and to offer newer ranges such as log cabins, garden rooms, concrete garages and even light industrial buildings.
This was very successful and a customer feedback service was set up so customers could provide valuable feedback. This enabled all feedback - good and bad - to help improve their experience in these ever improving and popular ranges. The feedback can be seen on this page where, very happily, the majority of customers give glowing references in connection with the service offered and advice given.
To date, Robin has been in the garden buildings industry for over 39 years and has gained priceless expertise and can consider himself an expert in the subject of outdoor garden buildings. He was also recognised as an author under the now defunct Google Authorship.
After leaving full-time education in 1966 Robin worked hard in many varied positions, but the family business and customer service were always the by words in his early life. His father and grandfather were butchers and quality and service was key to success. This has always been Robin's view on business since then.
It was not until 1979 when he wanted a garden shed for his garden but all that was available were either too big, too small, the wrong shape or style. So he thought 'surely I can make one myself' and so he did.
From that first shed, he built a very successful business and helped many 1000's over the years to have a building, whether it's a shed, garden workshop, summer house, log cabin, garage or whatever to suit their needs.
Robin married in 1972 and has now been wed for 46 years to Molly. They have two children, Craig (who works in the business) and Kelly. They have two grandchildren Daniel and Rebecca, who may one day be involved in the family business as well.
Outside of work his hobbies include supporting his hometown football team, Grimsby Town, which can be challenging to say the least. He first saw them as a child back in the early 60's and now regularly travels by train (5 hours each way) on a Saturday to see them.
Over the past 15 years, Grimsby has been at a very low ebb and even was relegated out of the Football League for 6 years. They are now back in the League for the third season but still struggle badly. He must have the patience of a saint.
In 1992 he also started Kart racing (go karts) at the grand age of 40. This was at RAC approved racing circuits and included Blackbushe, Whilton Mill, Tilbury, Little Rissington, Clay Pigeon, Shennington, Fulbeck, Buckmore Park and Lydd.
Being rather older than most (most drivers were in the 16-25 year age group) he was never going to be a 'superstar' but tended to be able to race in the front of the middle pack and won over 40 trophies. His crowning glory was winning the Little Rissington TKM Clubman Championship in 1999 where there was up to 50 drivers at each race meeting. He retired from racing in 2009.
His other main hobby, which started in 2010, is riding roller coasters and travels all over the world to ride every size and type.
Belonging to the Roller Coaster Club Of Great Britain and the European Coaster Club helps as they arrange coaster trips but he has travelled to many places on his own as well. To date, he has ridden over 925 different coasters.
So with both of these hobbies, there is a lot of 'ups and downs'.
He also considers writing and programming the website as a hobby and, maybe, this helps to keep the 'old grey matter' ticking over.
You can contact Robin directly using this online form. He will be glad to hear from you.