Fresh start after job search woes

Danny Greenwood, who returned to the UK after living in Canada, has had to set up his own plumbing business because of the lack of jobs.'Danny prepares to set off.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'30-11-2011
Danny Greenwood, who returned to the UK after living in Canada, has had to set up his own plumbing business because of the lack of jobs.'Danny prepares to set off. PIC BY ROB LOCK'30-11-2011
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A POULTON plumber, recently returned from Canada, has founded his own firm after being shocked at the state of the UK jobs market

Dan Greenwood has now been congratulated for starting his own business during the current economic crisis.

Dan went to Canada two years ago for a ‘different life experience’, but decided to return home when he started his family – and wanted to make sure baby Lennon -– now eight months old - grew up near his extended family.

Dan said: “I was living in Canada and decided to come home to be closer to our family.

“I didn’t realise how bad England had become for work in the recession and I was trying and trying to get a job.

“It was a real shock to the system – but something we’ve had to deal with.

“I’ve been a plumber for almost 12 years and before I went to Canada, could walk into a job any day.

“Because of the difficulty getting a job, we decided to make a go of it ourselves.”

Dan founded D Greenwood Plumbing as an direct response to the state of the jobs market.

Business leader Steve Pye, chairman of the Blackpool branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, applauded Dan’s decision to become a self-employed worker.

He said: “It’s a very brave decision, making the leap from being an employee with rights to self-employment.

“He’s no longer just a plumber – he’s an accountant, marketeer and whole host of other roles, as well as a plumber.

“It is a whole different ball game and a different set of rules to play by.

“It’s brilliant to see new any firms setting up at a time like this.”

Mr Pye said some of the world’s biggest companies had been founded during recessions, including Hewlett Packard, Burger King and McDonalds.