After messing around with websites when he was young, including the Tackle Tart site, Ben wanted to start an online Paving Store for the business, since everything was being sold to the trade. There was very little in the way of online stores for Paving Slabs in 2018 and it was a great time to launch another. Despite push back from Customers and the board of Directors Ben got the all clear and pushed forward with the project. After seeing a Sports Direct lorry get stuck out the front of the local pub and then Googling to see if the Domain PavingDirect.com was available, which it was! It was purchased there at the bar, and he could then push on!
Ben decided to push to have his friend Brad brought into the business. Brad had worked for an e-commerce store in angling and had a great knowledge of back-end systems and social media marketing. Together they worked hard to build and launch the website, which went live at the end of 2018. After a very slow and miserable few months, especially as we launched on the run up to winter (traditionally the worst time for people doing their gardens!) sales finally started to trickle in and the business began to gain traction and people. At its peak during lockdown in 2020 the business was doing some serious numbers as it was one of the only businesses open and with stock available!
In 2020 the worst happened, and Bens Father Kevin very suddenly Passed away at the age of 58.
Ben made the hard decision to sell the whole business and in February 2021 Ben came to an agreement with the Minority shareholders to sell the majority share back to the company. The business deal was the single most stressful and hardest thing to ever get through and put together, however it finally went through in October of 2021.
Now Ben would describe himself as a podcast host, entrepreneur and investor utilising his skills in business development and blue sky thinking.