Entrepreneurial types may tell you their route to success has all been carefully planned, but the truth is often they were prepared to seize their opportunities.
Aron Matthews comes cleans clean straight away that is was part judgement and part luck that allowed him to take on his first business – Ultimate Accident Repair Services in Bristol Road, Gloucester.
After a career in the vehicle accident repair industry the 46-year-old father-of-three has long harboured the idea of running his own operation, and when the door opportunity arose he knew the time had arrived.
“When I first came to work here I said to the boss (Jamie Smith) I was looking to get back onto the shop floor, but would really like to take over or start my own business and he said it just so happened he was considering selling in the near future,” said Mr Matthews, who went to what was Saintbridge School in the city.
What followed was a seamless handover which has allowed him to retain all the staff of the previous company and invest in new equipment with a view to growing trade.
“I have actually been here for 11 months now which has been great and I took the keys last week. I have been able to keep on all of the staff. There is a team of six and myself working here now.”
The business has broadened its offer and will cater for everything from trade vehicles to specialist jobs for enthusiasts.
“We have a Volkswagen T4 Transporter and an old Land Rover in for restoration. We have even done the bodywork on a child’s quad bike,” said Mr Matthews.
His career began in 1985 as a panel beater before he moved through the ranks and into management working for some of the biggest body shops in the county.
Pictured above:Aron Matthews, pictured with his father Michael, has taken over a car repair shop in Bristol Road, Gloucester, now called Ultimate Car Repair.
It was the commute to work in Swindon which saw him leave at 6.30am and not return to his Gloucester home before 7pm and sometimes as late as 10pm which was the spur for action.
The talents of the team assembled at Ultimate Accident Repair Services have already been spotted for help building a rather special vehicle, news of which we hope to bring you in the very near future. Watch this space.