A success story was Chris who started in his kitchen and garden shed. Started over 10 years ago with his wife, Andrea, they developed a product which has won countless awards and has grown to become one of Cheltenham’s most innovative businesses. The product developed was a magnetic filtration system to remove sludge from central heating system. This sludge is responsible for many boiler breakdowns but their invention is designed to prevents the problem occurring in the first place.
They stated they were very happy and proud to have been able to start their business in their summer building. Clearly the low overheads and minimal risk took away some of the worries associated with starting a new business. Certainly these types of businesses which have to spend a great deal of time in research with no income coming in.
Now situated on a two acre site, they have been developing new products as they have the ethos – never stand still. They are looking to grow sales overseas and where, I’m sure, there will be a great demand for their products. Clearly a marvelous story for a company which started in the humble garden shed although any outdoor building would be suitable – even your summerhouse.
Other people who have used their garden building to kick start their business or career include St Christopher Evans who is a bio-tech millionaire, Tom Uglow creative director at Google, the property guru Kirstie Allsop, the authors Joanna Harris, Neil Gaiman and Rohal Dahl.
With over 80,000 people estimated to be using their sheds, workshops or summer buildings for some form of business it’s clear that these buildings, which the British people see as a typically British institution is helping the economy our country. Clearly this has to be seen as great thing for Great Britain.