Nick Tyler got into his car at his home near Heathrow and drove for an hour in his search for a base for his business.
Without a game plan, he reached Banbury and this is where he duly moved his fledgling business – the Tube andBracket Company – now part of a £100m global enterprise.
“Our British customers now include Land Rover, BMW, Airbus, Aston Martin, Caterpillar, Rolls Royce and Royal Mail. One of our favourite jobs recently was providing a mile of drinks stations at the London Olympics.”Nick Tyler, Tube and Bracket Company
“I started experimenting on the structure system in my bedroom and to start with my wife and I made the structures in our garage,” said Mr Tyler.
“We used to watch television through the structures! Eventually we decided to find somewhere more suitable and that was when I decided to find a good location to really set up the business.
“The M40 was a good motorway and I decided to drive for an hour and see where it got me and here we are,” said Mr Tyler.
“Our British customers now include Land Rover, BMW, Airbus, Aston Martin, Caterpillar, Rolls Royce and Royal Mail.
“One of our favourite jobs recently was providing a mile of drinks stations at the London Olympics.”
From those early days in his garage at home, making all sorts of useful industrial support structures out of tubes and brackets (he describes it as a bit like Meccano), Mr Tyler is now managing director of the British arm of the company turning over £4 million a year and on the board of the worldwide parent company Trilogiq, based in Paris, France.
Its products are designed to meet the needs of each client to assist in their manufacturing or service processes.
After that Sunday drive to north Oxfordshire, the company began its Banburyshire life in an inexpensive unit at Woodford Halse in 2002 and, as the business grew, subsequently moved to an industrial unit in Canada Close, Banbury.
Expanding into two adjacent units, it has now outgrown itself again and is on the move.
Mr Tyler is taking his company to a new £1-£2m factory to be built in the former Purely Plants Garden Centre at Middleton Cheney.
In the 13 years since the Tube and Bracket Company has been trading, Mr Tyler worked in collaboration with international organisation Trilogiq.
Trilogiq eventually bought a 70 per cent stake in The Tube and Bracket Company and the organisation now has subsidiaries in 27 countries around the world enjoying £100m trade.
Trilogiq is expanding and has a headquarters with 160 staff in Paris.
The Tube and Bracket Company’s development will involve taking on some of the head office functions and it could double its staff to more than 60 in the coming year.
“We have an ambitious 12-month building programme on the Purely Plants site. It will cost £1-£2million and we hope to move at the end of March 2016,” said Mr Tyler.
“We are already taking on more staff – four in the past week – and we’re going to be taking on a lot of functions from our head office in Paris.”
The company employs 32 people currently in Banbury and is hoping to double that number when established in the new Middleton Cheney offices.
The new jobs will include account managers, sales force, web developers, technicians and operations people.
Planning consent for the industrial unit and offices with parking for 60 cars, was approved by South Northants Council in mid March.
Middleton Cheney Parish Council expressed concern about an increase in traffic to and from the village and on the community Facebook page, a number of residents expressed discontent at a perceived lack of consultation.