When Paul, 52, heard that the James Hargreaves Plumbing Depot chain was expanding its national operation, he promptly put forward his home town for consideration.
Bosses at one of the country’s leading independent plumbers merchants not only agreed with his suggestion, they took the plunge and asked him to step in as manager of the £250,000 outlet at Mountside Park.
It means that Paul, who has worked in the plumbing and heating industry since he left Raincliffe Comprehensive School in Scarborough aged 16, can finally look forward to a better work-life balance.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me,” he said. “Most recently, as a divisional manager for a boiler manufacturer, I have clocked up around 50,000 miles per annum, covering a patch from the East Midlands to the North of Scotland.
“That kind of schedule takes a toll, so when I found out that James Hargreaves Plumbing Depot was looking for new sites I got in touch. They felt Scarborough made sound sense, asked if I would be the manager and also find them a suitable site.
“I knew of the company from my time as a supplier and I had no hesitation in agreeing.”