Mike Gee of Apollo Construction Northwest Ltd signed up to FindaTrade as a new business in the summer of 2012 after many years of working for Redrock Homes. As a new business it was difficult to find work and he was struggling to stay afloat.
He says ‘Starting off as a small builder and plumber by trade, I used FindaTrade.com to obtain work to keep me busy, to start with I just went after small jobs such as shower installations. The support from FindaTrade and their customer services team kept me going until I was successful enough to buy slightly bigger jobs’.
Mark’s first customers gave him positive reviews through the website for his work. Although only for small jobs the positive reviews made it easier for him to winner bigger contracts. One of his first reviews on a guttering job was 5 stars and the comment as follows: ‘Mike did a superb job, was punctual and the communication with him was great. Won’t hesitate to use Apollo Construction for future jobs’.
The customer was so pleased with his work on this job that he was then offered a much larger contract of work with a budget of almost a quarter of a million pounds. As mark explains, ‘After hard work and a positive attitude and with the help of FindaTrade I now have an annual turn over of just over 2 million. I am currently undertaking a large commercial extension which started off as a small guttering job advertised on the website’.
Mark has also phoned in to specifically thank Paul from our customer services team who advised him that now he has a couple of good ratings he should to start to go after the bigger jobs on the website. Mark wasn’t certain at first, but followed Paul’s advice and has reaped the rewards, winning many larger contracts and putting his company in a great position for growth and expansion.
With the help of FindaTrade Mark has taken his new business from struggling to find work to expanding rapidly and winning new work frequently. Mark is very pleased with the jobs and support he received through our services and is quick to point out ‘I have only been self employed for 18 months and now have 5 permanent staff, I can’t imagine having achieved this without FindaTrade’.
One of his most recent ratings for a larger bathroom job is as follows: We are really pleased with the quality of work done on our bathroom. Mike is an excellent communicator and always made sure we were happy with the work he was doing. We would highly recommend Mike and have asked him to do other work for us – including refurbishing our roof, replacing windows and he even solved a damp problem for us – all jobs were carried out to a 5 star rating. All of Mark’s ratings as well as his full profile can be seen by clicking the link with his name at the beginning of this article.
It just goes to show, with the right attitude, hard work and a little help to find work, even in today’s economic climate a new business can quickly grow and go from strength to strength. Here at FindaTrade we are just happy to be a small part of that and provide our customers with a platform for success.
From every one at FindaTrade, Well Done Mike!