In this episode, former guest Dan Braddock, Branch Manager of GB Liners, reminds us how he began within the industry some 18 years ago, working for the family business before joining GB Liners where he has spent the last 14 years.
GB Liners have 11 branches, run approximately 100 vehicles, employ in-excess of 250, and offer self-storage, containerised storage, document storage, and provide local, nationwide, European, and international removals for the domestic and corporate markets – and this year celebrate 100 years since the start of the family business.
One of Dan’s biggest challenges was when Sophie, Dan’s wife, was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2013, at a time where Dan was given an opportunity to move from the vans to the estimating and sales side of the business, and Dan will always be grateful to GB Liners for their continued support during Sophie’s treatment.
The one thing Dan would change from his moving past is to ask more questions, question a lot more things, and not to be so worried about the unknown.
Dan has had several highpoints of being within the industry so far, the development he’s had within GB Liners and the industry and what he’s achieved, becoming part of the BAR Young Movers Group, and being elected as the youngest DED (Directly Elected Director) of BAR, which we discuss in more detail.
The one thing Dan would like to change within the industry is have a mentorship program.
The advice Dan would give himself just starting out within the industry again is to listen to the advice and the criticism, to never stop learning, and getting the balance right.
Dan is very happy with what he is doing at the moment but feels that he should probably get his head up (rather than down) and answer that question for himself, so we will just have to see how the next 5 years pans out for Dan. Industry wise, Dan does see a change in trucks, but maybe hydrogen over electric?
We discuss getting new blood into the industry and Dan asks the question of whether it’s more of an issue retaining rather than getting new blood?
Outside of the industry Dan is ruled by his children, he enjoys being busy with family life, and loves to get away when the opportunity arises.
And as always we end Moving Matters with a funny moving story, regarding a Friday night in Cologne.
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