IRVING WEAVER was the third generation of the Weaver family to sign up with the contracting outfit that then bore its name. His grandfather Oscar had founded Weaver Construction ? not to be confused with the Worcester-based firm that still trades under the Weaver name ? back in 1919.
Oscar Weaver's son Jack followed his father into the firm before his son Irving joined in 1969, taking a part-time Higher National Certificate in building at Sheffield Polytechnic at the same time. He graduated in 1972 and took over the business six years later, aged just 28.
'I was quite young at the t ime, ' says Mr Weaver. 'But my dad had spent six years in the services during the war.
He was 35 before he had me, so even though I was only 28 when I took over, my Dad was nearly 60.' Since taking over, Irving Weaver has gradually bought back shares held by other members and is now a 100 per cent shareholder in a business he renamed St rata fou r years ago. He has three children ? Andrew, 31, is in the business, Simon plays professional football and Helen is an actress.