Our Meet The Team this week focuses on our very own Chairman – Chris Wollen. We took some time to get an insight on what makes him tick and what life is like outside of Ergro.
What was your dream job growing up?
“I didn’t really have one; as such, I just liked working and earning money. My first job was filling up cars in a petrol station when I was about 11, but in the garage where I used to work, you had to tell them you were 14 to work there! Whilst I was filling up cars my friends were waking up really early for less money doing the local paper rounds. I then got into the jewellery trade when I visited Romford Market and I really enjoyed it, so perhaps my dream job would have to been in that”
Where is your favourite holiday destination?
“It’s got to be France. I like travelling, I like going anywhere new, but France is like a second home to me. I can switch off when I’m there.”
What are your goals for Ergro in the next 5 years?
“We have a strategy in place to grow the business and get the right people into the business to help us grow. What I would like to see is more of what we are doing now, which is getting the right type of clients on board, receiving feedback from them, and maintaining a relationship where they trust us to give us more projects and more service contracts.
So, in the next five years what we have planned is growth, but manageable growth. Not trying to get too carried away. We could pick up a lot of other work, but it’s not right for our business strategy. Also, the faster you grow the more staff you need on board, we want to pick the right people, good people for the business.”
Is there any advice you would give an aspiring business owner?
“Yes. Go with your gut. If you think somethings right and you’ve thought it through and you still think it right, and then you’ve listened to what others have said giving you guidance and feedback and you still think it’s right, then go for it. And don’t give up as soon as you have a setback. Keep going. Try and find a way around the set back. It’s all too easy to give up when you’ve tried something and people might have advised you against it, but if you feel it’s right, 9 times out of ten it’s the right thing to do.
Also, be genuine and true to yourself. Treat people how you expect to be treated. You can go through life in business and make a lot of money by making enemies. Theres no point. What goes around comes around. If you can stay true to that, rather than trying to find quick wins all the time, then you’ll do well.”
When asked, what is the fun fact about yourself you tell people?
“The one that surprises people is that I was a diamond mounter and setter, before I got into this. Very different to what I do now. It was intense because you really have to concentrate, but I’d do it again I used to really enjoy it. Perhaps when I retire, I might get myself a workbench and do it again.”