Couple launch successful new Ulverston business by accident
Last updated at 15:34, Wednesday, 27 August 2014
A COUPLE who were left with unwanted stock managed to turn their fortunes around thanks to a remarkable twist.
Property investors Glenn and Julie Doherty inadvertently established their Plastic Bottles Company when their acetone supply firm came to an end.
Left with a huge amount of plastic bottles which they had been using to hold the acetone they were selling, the husband and wife team put their bottles on eBay.
The stock sold quicker than they had expected and the Dohertys realised they could use their success to set up a new enterprise.
“Once we put the bottles on eBay it just took off from there,” Mr Doherty said.
“We went back to the supplier and got a load more bottles and that was it really.”
The company, run from a unit at Cross Lane in Ulverston, ships thousands of bottles out every week with “no two days ever the same”, as Mrs Doherty explained.
“One of our more unusual, recent customers was the props department for the new Peter Pan film,” she said.
“We’ve also sold to Dolce & Gabbana and Toni & Guy.
“Most of our business, almost 100 per cent, is online although we do sometimes get customers driving over to collect.”
The company has already witnessed rapid growth but the Dohertys have no intentions of resting on their laurels.
Mr Doherty said: “At the moment we buy stock in bulk, and ship it out, but I would love to be that person who is making the stock.
“The plan is to continue growing and to expand our reach and market share.”
Mr Doherty, 52, worked as an offshore diver for around 20 years until a stroke forced him to quit.
Since then, he has thrown himself into the plastic bottle company, although says he misses working offshore now he is on dry land.
Mrs Doherty, 50, accepts her husband’s dream to return to his offshore career.
She said: “We’ve been together since I was 15 so it’s a way of life for us, I knew what I was signing up for!”
First published at 15:31, Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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