A meeting with our Managing Director Barry

What is the best thing about your job?

Having the flexibility to do business my way and seeing how the teams across the business support your ideas, methods and culture.

What is your proudest achievement?

Gaining loyalty and huge commitment from employees at all levels over 27 years. I sometimes wonder what I’ve done to earn such loyalty but it’s very touching. Also seeing the company grow stronger, more professional and creating a great environment for staff to work in. A combination of all these things gives me a lot of satisfaction.

What advice would you give to someone starting in your career?

We’re a service business and our customers demand very high levels of support from their chosen wholesaler. So above all the intricacies surrounding our core activity, work hard, be honest and go that extra mile for your clients.

Which individual has inspired you most and why?

I can’t single one person out, but I’ve always admired anyone in any walk of life that has achieved something in their chosen field. Be it business, sport, music, politics, it doesn’t matter. I can’t help looking up to successful people and learning whatever I can about how they achieved their success.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Make sure you are in control of your business and don’t worry about the things that you can’t control.

What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career so far?

I’ve made some huge mistakes, some of which I’ve regretted and others not. I guess it’s all about learning from them and becoming a stronger, better person. Putting right mistakes and making difficult changes to the company. Managing change is much harder than the day-to-day running of the company.

How is your business going to change in the next 10 years?

We have to change and I like change! Our aim is to become the standout electrical distributor in the region and to do this we need to grow our products and services whilst embracing the changing world of technology, internet and environmental demands. We’ll move in whatever direction becomes necessary, hopefully before our competition.

What do you like to do out of work?

This is the easy answer, my two girls Rachel and Rosie are all grown up and enjoying life, so I’ve got more quality time with my wife, Hazel. We love travelling, music and walking our three dogs and I like to keep fit through swimming and cycling. I now have a cycle shop, Team Cycles in Gateshead and I love calling in for a coffee and a chat with the guys.

What do you always carry with you?

The same as everyone else, my phone! No matter where I am in the world, it’s always switched on and I never ignore calls or emails. It’s just how it is now.

What would you do if you had to change career?

I’ve never thought about this before as it feels too late for change. That said, I love riding my bike and I could see myself being a tour guide, cycling around those perfect roads in Mallorca, stopping for coffee and cake. One day, maybe!