Tuesday, 4 November 2014

You’ve Got a Friend In Me

FATHER AND SON: David and Joe Broadway 

Choosing the right or wrong business partner can make or break your business. Zoe Efstathiou speaks to some great business teams to find out how they make their relationships work.

Joining the family business seemed like an easy option for Joe Broadway, who had just graduated with a degree in Political Science when he took on an account manager role at his father, Dave Broadway’s, delivery firm, CFH Docmail. Four years on, Joe is responsible for running his own division within the company, which is currently the third largest end-to-end delivery service in the UK.

Joe recounted: “I had just finished university and was planning on going travelling, but there was a position open at CFH that paid more than any other job I could get at that time. My plan was to work at CFH for a year, then take my savings and travel, but somehow I really got into it and, four years later, I’m still here as a director of the company.

“Working with my father is actually very rewarding. I had a huge amount of respect for him anyway, and this only grew as I worked with him. We both have very strong personalities and we are both stubborn, so if we do clash over a difference of opinion, it is quite easy for us both to get heated.

“Keeping the relationship professional at work is tough, and you have to remember that you can’t have a row with the managing director - even if he is your dad! It’s also difficult being the bosses’ son. Everyone thinks I’ve been handed my position on a silver platter, so I have to work twice as hard to prove myself. Despite this, it is a really rewarding experience, and having someone that you can trust completely in your business is invaluable. My father has been a pillar of support in my career so far, and without his trust and encouragement I would not have gotten as far as I have.”

Read the article here (pdf): Talk Business Article 

Or visit: www.talkbusinessmagazine.co.uk

For further information, contact:
Joe Broadway, CFH Docmail Ltd, Tel: 01761 416311