If you’d met me back in 2011, you’d have found a fairly disenchanted chap – enthusiastic about and experienced in fire and safety but pretty unhappy working as an employee. I was convinced I could enjoy a more satisfying working life and provide a more effective and personal service by striking out on my own … which is exactly what I did. In June 2011, Tec Fire and Security was born, and I was on my way!
Sure, I knew about fire, safety and security. I also knew about customer service and the importance of putting my clients at the forefront of everything I did. But, boy – I had plenty to learn about setting up and then running my own business. Fortunately, I was able to surround myself with great people who gave me wonderful support. I combined this support with plenty of diligent study and research. I soon learned the value of developing a vision with goals, as well as the importance of having a good team who shared my values.
The company started as a security systems provider, with a couple of Astra vans, lots of determination, but with no real plan or sense of direction. It really was a ‘go with the flow and enjoy the new-found freedom’ approach.
I soon realised this wasn’t enough for me, but I didn’t have the skill set or knowledge to grow a business. I delved into personal development and business books and invested in a mentor and spoke to lots of other business owners, this gave me a new lease of life and a new-found enthusiasm for meaning and purpose. To grow a business, you need to be enthusiastic and clear on your goals so others will invest in your journey.
Just recently we were excited to announce a development aimed at keeping schools safe and secure – a partnership with EduTec, founded by Adam Goldsmith. With Edutec, we’re able to offer an up-to-date visitor management system into schools as well as an all-round IT consultancy service. We already work with many schools, so this new partnership is very much a natural progression that will strengthen the services we offer.
All I will say is the first 10 years have been a roller coaster ride, but with vision, continued learning and investment into systems and processes we are in a great position to continue growing.
What about the next ten years? Well, I expect in our newsletter of May 2031, I’ll be telling you how TEC Fire & Security has continued on its successful path of growth while sticking to the fundamental principle of keeping our customers as safe and compliant as they can possibly be.
Find out more about TEC Fire and Security on 01234 345117 or visit www.tecfireandsecurity.co.uk