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By Mark, Aug 15 2019 01:01PM

I will put my hands up and admit that in all my marketing material, mentioning sustainability and the environment is something I completely overlooked.

I had just made the assumption that nowadays everyone thinks about these things.

For me it is just a normal way of life - to reuse materials, salavage something or be concious of waste.


The business is based on foundations of sustainability: upcycling (reusing) materials is at the core of the company and this is something that helps the environment. Rather than producing waste the business tries to take a waste product and make something beautiful from it.


Taking care of the environment is a local thing, seeing flytipped timber or building materials can be depressing at the best of times, but I see this an an opportunity, to challenge my creativity and see what I can make of it. Using a bike where possible is also important to me, did you ever see someone looking sad and unhappy on a bike!? With tools and materials on site theres no reason why all the commuting cannot be by bike, it helps reduce congestion, gets me to my destination faster and doesnt pollute the air.

By Mark, Nov 27 2018 11:52AM

The number of trade directory and lead generation websites seems to be ever-increasing! Just when you think you know them all, a few more pop up.

I've even done my own market research to try and figure out which ones the general public know about and trust.

Recently UIL has joined the following pages:

- My Hammer

- Houzz

- My workman (bit of a sexist name that one eh!?)

- My Job Quote

- Next Door

- ScoopLoop


Before that UIL mainly focussed on Rated People and My Builder. But I am now pondering, is online "chatter" replacing good old word of mouth or is it working alongside it?

Personally, if someone I know recommends a tradesperson then I'm quite likely to get them in to quote, whereas online forums can be completely hit and miss and without knowng the credentials of who is saying what how do you know if you can trust their opinion or not?


Check A Trade is a directory, a bit like the yellow pages - a business pays to advertise and then a customer could look up the tradesperson and then contact them directly. The customer choses the builder.


My Builder and Rated People are lead generation websites, whereby the customer advertises the job and then the tradesperson pays a fee to "buy" the customers contact details and provide a quotation. The builder choses the customer.


Is printed advertising dead now, do people still respond to ads placed in local newspapers and magazines?

What about local blogs, has this replaced the good old "small ad" in a newspaper?


Then there are local Facebook pages which are like virtual word of mouth, personally I respect what a local person says more than a random forum I might have found.Maybe thats becuase I trust a local trades person more, but I dont know why. Is there logic behind it?...



By Mark, Aug 24 2018 07:55AM

So much has happened!

I took the plunge: quit my full time (secure) job so I could set up professionally. In June 2018 we were finally incorporated at Companies House. The step had to be taken, there just arent enough hours in the day to work for someone else whilst trying to do my own thing and persue my passion. To be honest, the idea has been in my mind since I was studying my GCSEs at age 14/15 and I designed a small housing development... I always thought I would have my own firm. Then in 2007 during my Post Grad studies I really refined my style and started testing ideas.

Fast forward to 2012 and my property investment journey really began.

As I am sure most people will tell you, chosing to leave a well paid and secure (full time.... permanent...) employment contract is not a small step or anything to be taken lightly! It took some courage, but after more than 10 years working for other people it was time to work for myself.


After 2 months of full time property searching (which can feel extremely unrewarding at times, especially when you view property after property, make offer after offer and simply get nowhere... while not earning a penny) and meeting with estate agents we found the perfect property. The next renovation should hopefully begin before Christmas! :-)


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