DRIVEN businessman Ian Jobling says starting up his own company was one of the best decisions he ever made.
The Castle Eden-based entrepreneur becomes the latest entrant in the Hartlepool Mail-backed If we can, you can challenge.
He set up Product Revolution in the Old Brewery building in the village last September after previously working in a £50,000-plus job in the product design trade.
The married dad-of-two said: “I have worked as an employee since I was 16.
“I was a general manager in one of Europe’s largest design and innovation firms.
“People said I was crazy to resign.
“It was a big call and it was a massive decision, but you can’t beat the freedom that being your own boss brings. I have never felt so motivated in my life.
“I entered this challenge because I wanted to say to other people ‘I did it and if you really want it, you can do it’.”
Product Revolution employs three full-time staff and is a product and packaging design and development firm.
Its projects have included packaging for children’s table-wear, through to developing plastic moulded components for the food industry.
It covers three fields which are health care, food and drink and consumer electrics.
It works in one of two ways. A client can contact Product Revolution with an idea and ask them to develop it, or Product Revolution will hold a workshop in which it will ask questions in a brainstorming suggestion to help them come up with an idea.
The company also holds one-day training courses in areas such as injection moulding and tooling and innovation tools for design leaders.
Ian, from Durham City, added: “I am eight months into business and it is the best thing I ever did.”
The closing date for entries has now passed in the challenge, which aims to reward the best in rising business talent.
Judges are due to begin the process of choosing the finalists in the Hartlepool section of the challenge this week.