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Retro Industrial Services

Retro Industrial Services

For Newport resident Julian De’Ath, running his own business had long been an ambition. And when his father retired and sold the Hemsby seafront arcade where Julian used to help out, he seized the opportunity to set up his own domestic, commercial and industrial cleaning company, Retro Industrial Services.

“I had wanted to run my own businesses since maybe 10 or 11 years old,” he said. “When you work for yourself, nobody tells you what to do and you can make yourself as rich you want. What you put in is what you get out of it.”

Julian had all of the determination, but needed advice and guidance to set up a business, so he approached enterpriseGY, the borough council’s business support service, which is free to all residents of the borough.

Julian, who has the additional challenge of being dyslexic, said he was taken through the process step-by-step by the enterpriseGY business advisors, who gave him the help he needed.

“I had never had a business before and didn’t know how to run one,” said Julian, whose partner and business partner Kirsty Lee helps with the administration. “enterpriseGY is definitely something I would recommend to other people. They are skilled people, they definitely helped me a lot.”

Since his first commission – carpet cleaning at the Hollywood Cinema on Great Yarmouth seafront – his business has grown over more than six years and he now has clients across East Anglia and further afield.

“I’ve cleaned carpets in London and jet-washed paving, churches and memorials all over the country,” he said. “I can’t remember the last time I advertised, I get business by word of mouth.”

In addition to carpet- and upholstery-cleaning and pressure-washing, his other services include office and shop cleaning, window cleaning, industrial steam cleaning and drain and gutter clearance. His newest business idea is selling cleaning supplies.