It’s hard to believe I’ve been working for myself for 5 years now; in some respects it seems like only yesterday, and in others it feels like 20 years but in October 2009 I set up my sole-trader business DRA Electricals. At the time I was living in Seaham, Co. Durham, so that’s where the business began and what a road we’ve come down since.

We started off as a company offering PAT testing and Electrical Maintenance to businesses, and that’s where my story begins.

the earliest photo of Richard Ayre doing a PAT Test

an early photo of me PAT testing a smoke machine










This photo was taken as a publicity shot; I couldn’t afford to use professional photographers in those days so I got a mate with a camera to do it. When starting out in business I think it’s very important to live with in your means – don’t spend money you haven’t got.

Over the next, however many posts I publish, I’m going to tell you my story on how I have built up this start up business into a thriving limited company, and how little old me became director of a national PAT testers association.

The next post, Why PAT Testing will tell you how and why I got into this wonderful industry, and have never looked back.