Whilst the decision to leave the family business was a difficult one, Mike’s experience and contacts within the recycling sector enabled the growth of his new company, which specialises in portable toilets and site clearances. Although Mike is sometimes faced with some upsetting jobs that require discretion and understanding, the reward he gets from helping his customers, is in his own words; “unreal and fulfilling”.
He has loved developing the brand and especially enjoys the digital marketing aspect. He regularly posts on social media and has even started up his own podcast with his son, Oscar, called ‘Hero pow-wow’.
A local lad
In his free time, Mike is kept busy with his wife Lucy and three children. Otherwise, when he is not with his dog, Chilli, down by the River Orwell, he can be found coaching rugby at Ipswich Rugby Club where he has been a member since he was seven.
Mike loves Suffolk and all its quirky and diverse ways and thinks the county is the best kept secret in the UK.
Describe yourself in three words? Reliable, passionate, positive.
What was your first job? Working for my father in the family business, primarily in the summer holidays.
What frustrates you? Ungratefulness.
How do you spend your leisure time? Coaching rugby, skiing, clay shooting and playing golf with my eldest son, as well as spending time by the river with my family, via a pub.
What’s your favourite television programme? SAS: Who Dares Wins.
What’s your favourite food? Macaroni Cheese.
What food do you hate? Baked Beans.
What is your biggest weakness? Hoarding junk.
Where are you happiest? Watching my sons play rugby or going to Twickenham to watch England play.
What was the first record you bought? The Smurfs.
At school, what were you good at? Javelin.
What one material thing could you not do without? My Leatherman Multi Tool.
You’d go to a fancy-dress party as? Sportacus (don’t ask).
What poster did you have on your bedroom wall as a child? Cindy Crawford.
How many attempts before you passed your driving test? One.