Simon Hall, branch manager at Jewson in Loughborough, tells us why he loves construction.
How did you get into the industry?
I left school at 17 and walked straight into a yard position at a builder’s merchant that is now Jewson, Bakewell Road, Loughborough.
I worked from the yard to the counter and then to the office. I was then given the opportunity to become an assistant branch manager and I am now a branch manager over two sites.
I’ve had great opportunities for professional development, including a variety of training courses, which is why I’ve stuck around!
What is the best thing about construction?
For me it’s the variety. I’m dealing with staff, trade and retail customers and a variety of innovative products, materials and services each day, plus I work with suppliers, handle proactive sales and marketing, and I sometimes look at recruitment.
Where else do you get this variety on a daily basis?
If you could change one thing about the industry what would it be?
I’d like to see cheaper VAT to help everyone that buys building materials.
How should we encourage young people to join the industry?
It can be a job for life and we should promote it better.
There are many routes to choose from, too, whether it be creating and improving buildings, working in supply or manufacturing, sales, marketing, branches, drivers and head office roles – the list goes on and on!
Simon Hall, branch manager at Jewson, Loughborough