Bob joined George A Moore, the kitchen manufacturers of Wetherby in Yorkshire in 1972 as Financial Accountant. His appointment had an immediate impact on the company and he was promoted 3 times in just 9 months.
In 1973, at the age of 27 he was headhunted by Ladyship Industrial Holdings and accepted the position of General Manager of kitchen manufacturer Gower Furniture in Halifax, West Yorkshire. He progressed quickly within the company and was appointed Holding Company Director of the Ladyship Group in 1975.
When the owner moved overseas and expressed a desire for an exit strategy, Ladyship was sold in his absence for £5.2m in 1978. After the sale Bob was determined it was the right time for a new business venture.