Nick's background of project management and company leadership in a variety of industries over the last 20 years has been invaluable in order to direct and lead Xbite through the technical and fast-paced world of e-commerce.
''After completing my A levels in Business Studies, Mathematics and Statistics, I had an opportunity to attend university but I just wanted to get into work - any kind of office role. My first job was a glorified tea boy (Office Junior) earning £6,500 per year with a shop fitting design company in Leicestershire. I just wanted to learn everything and within a couple of years, this approach paid off and I was running a project with Starbucks helping them roll out stores in the late 1990's.
Following this, I moved to a joinery company running a 10-man joinery shop, the first time I'd run any kind of company. This was a random opportunity as I knew very little about joinery. In 2002 I moved "Up North" to Sheffield and secured a job as General Manager for a prestigious motorhome manufacturer. In these roles, I learned a lot about accounts, HR, and the ecosystem of a company. In 2003 I left to start up my own business called 3r, a disc repair service for DVDs and Video Games serving consumers and trade customers and a business that is still operational today. Six months later Xbite was founded and with help from my brother, who was in the video game industry, I quickly grew sales online at a time when internet sales were on a high growth curve.
Looking back when the business started in 2004, it seemed like an exciting time, but it wasn't all fun and games. There was a lot of trepidation and a tremendous amount of learning. As in all small businesses, my role at the start covered everything from accounts, sales, buying, goods in and out, development of processes and systems - even walking the boxer dogs, Harry and Charlie who came to work every day for 10 years.
Working with Directors, Managers and Staff, my core focus today is to empower and promote employees and give them the best opportunities to shine. Processes, IT systems and HR are areas I particularly value and we have exciting projects running to create efficiencies, ensuring we stay competitive in this very dynamic sector.'' - Nick