A late-night conversation with a multimillionaire client turned Gavin Goates’ dream into a reality.
Gavin had registered his business in 1998, but didn’t feel he had the experience to run it. Two years later he had worked his way from Sales Manager to MD in his current job, and finally felt ready. His client provided the final catalyst he needed. “One day he said to me ‘why aren’t you doing this for yourself?’. Basically his machine shop had shut down and I was able to get in and get him parts and keep him selling,” remembers Gavin. “I said ‘I don’t have the money’, and he said: ‘I’ll give you the money!’” The business was soon up and running and going from strength to strength.
Gavin started the business with his Dad as purchaser and seller of machine tools, and Kevin and Diane Miller as Production Director and Company Secretary respectively. “Kevin Miller was constantly trying to employ me,” says Gavin. “And I got the feeling he was technically very clever. I knew his wife had a financial background. When you bring that together it was pretty powerful.”