Paul’s working career started at the age of 17 when he joined the armed forces. Having completed basic training, Paul was sent to 21 engineer regiment and served as a Royal Engineer for the next 9 years. During this time, Paul was deployed to a number of war torn countries and employed in a number of different roles, such as regimental crane operator and bridge commander. Through the latter stages of his forces career, Paul started to get more involved with driver training, training on LGV vehicles and Lorry Mounted Cranes. In April 2002, Paul left the forces and started working within recruitment, recruiting drivers for companies around the south. As the recruitment agency expanded a training division opened where Paul then gained the qualifications of Forklift truck instructor, LGV instructor and professional trainer.
In 2008, Paul acquired 2 Start Training. The company consisted of one other instructor and two training vehicles and it didn’t take to long for the business to start growing in size. Having started in a small office, it was soon apparent that with the company growing so rapidly that some bigger premises would be required. So 2 Start Training moved to Murrills Ind Est in Portchester. In 2013, 2 Start expanded once again and opened its second depot in Reading. With staff levels increasing and the awarding of an MOD contract, Paul’s attention turned to the growing fleet of vehicles, with an old for new replacement policy. Over the next couple of years, this involved the purchase of brand new tractor units, ridged LGVs, minibuses, Toyota Hilux cars and Iveco vans. The Forklift fleet also expanded adding different types to train on. In 2o16 Paul opened 2 Start Southampton and in February 2017 he moved 2 Start Portsmouth into a larger DVSA approved site. Paul still to this day can be seen in the vehicles and in the classrooms or warehouse training, whilst working on the new project for 2 Start.