September marks the 21st anniversary of receiving my first order after I took the decision to leave my job and set up my own company!
What a journey it’s been, full of highs and lows. The years certainly have proved challenging as we fought our way through several recessions, economic instability, political changes and, of course, covid.
I had no idea all those years ago just how difficult and all-consuming running your own business can be. It’s certainly a roller-coaster ride, but after 21 years I think I can honestly say “I’ve got the tee shirt”.
Along the way I have had the pleasure of working with many people from all walks of life, some great, some not so, but it has all been a learning curve and has helped create the organisation and culture we have today.
When I look back and reflect on the past, I feel extremely proud of what we have achieved and very much look forward to the exciting growth ahead.
Of course I couldn’t have done this without the support of my long-suffering wife, family and friends, as well as our Operations Director, Tonita Smith, who has kicked my butt on numerous occasions. I must of course mention the fantastic team at AKP, who believe in our vision and work tirelessly to make that a reality.
Lat, but not least, a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved, however large or small the contribution, to make AKP Limited such a great success.
Here’s to the next 21 years!