Enterprise Design began as an idea while I sat drinking coffee during a break in
voluntary work. It grew from the impression that it was a good idea, to the realisation
that it was something that really needed to happen.
My working life was in the oil industry in Peterhead until, in the 1980’s, I found
that I had a serious heart disorder. This came to light when I went to the doctor
feeling unwell and had some tests, then six weeks later my brother died suddenly,
and the post-mortem showed he had the same heart condition that I had. He was only
21 years old. My younger sister was tested and she was found to have the condition.
So I changed my life style, and became a professional freelance photographer. This
was not enough of a change however, and as my health deteriorated my doctor recommended
that I stop full time work and claim Incapacity Benefit.
However, I decided that I needed to keep going and went to college where I studied
for three years to gain my Higher National Diploma in Computing at Banff and Buchan
College in Fraserburgh, and in the meantime I began working as a volunteer with a
number of charities throughout Aberdeenshire where I began creating web sites for
them and for friends of mine.
Over the years my health has improved due to better
treatment, and meeting the love of my life, Flora, now my wife, who has helped me
realise my hopes and ambitions.
In August 2006 I decided that I had to get back into full time work again and increased
my voluntary work. Marina Lawlor who was the Disability Working Advisor at Fraserburgh
Job Centre was a great help as she worked with me to find suitable employment. Ross
Martin from Remploy Aberdeen was also supportive, and when they heard of my ideas
for a business using my skills and experience, they supported me wholeheartedly.
Business Gateway has been a source of information, advice and ideas and I would like
to thank Roz Caudwell and Dave Percival in particular, for their help.
In August 2007, on my 50th birthday, Enterprise Design was born and already with
the support of friends, and a lot of hard work, it’s making its mark in Aberdeenshire.
Today in 2013 the business continues to grow and we are proud to say the vast majority
of our work comes from “word of mouth” referrals and repeat business.
To work well with a web site designer you have to trust them and know that they will
be around to help with your website in the future.