Hello, I am Richard – In 2009, at the height of the UK recession I left my employer to become self employed – I was ready for a new challenge and new opportunities and for me running my own business was it.
It was a difficult period starting up but I relished the challenge and loved how it worked. It changed and improved me in so many ways and really built my self confidence. The satisfaction of getting that first client, is something that is hard to explain, then looking at your profits and thinking “I did that”, it’s an amazing feeling.
In the ten years I’ve been self employed I have dabbled in different areas to make ends meat including deliveries, social media management, search engine optimisation, electrical maintenance and PAT, but I have always seen PAT as number 1, and have specialised in that for a long time now.
The company is limited, and VAT registered, and in 2018 we took on our first employee which is a great feeling. We also use contractors from time to time when required, and have an electrician who does our fixed wiring inspections work; he is registered with the NICEIC meaning I don’t have to be.
The business, DRA PAT Testing Limited (and still also trading under DRA Electricals) is growing every week, I love working for myself and with Kyle, and the others, and get a lot of satisfaction every time I gain a new client.
I’ve ran this business for 10 years now, and like any other business owner suffer plenty of stresses and inability to switch off but my ethos which I try to stick to is to keep it simple yet professional; I find it works so well for me and my clients.
Kyle is employed as a PAT Technician and has been with us since the beginning of 2018