Early observations from Structure-flex's Chris Doughty
Melton Constable, Norfolk: Chris Doughty has been recruited by Structure-flex Limited to lead the development of good working principles and practical management skills at the company's sister business at Decin in the Czech Republic. Because Structure-flex CZ is a very young company, many of the business management systems are still in the embryonic stage, and it had become evident that some areas of the operation would need to be strengthened as sales volumes increased.
Chris is well qualified for his new role, having experience both home and abroad in a wide range of positions. He says: “My earliest work experience was in aircraft and engineering, serving my apprenticeship at RAF Halton. Since the late 80s I have been a management consultant and compliance auditor working in Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and even the remote Ascension Island in the mid Atlantic. I have worked with major graphic and display and transport and logistics companies, from a small sign manufacturer to as large an organisation as UPS.”
With his wife, Sandra, and border collie, Fred, Chris is living in a flat on a hillside overlooking the old town of Decin, and despite the culture shock of relocation from Dayton, Ohio, and difficulties with the local language, he and his wife are settling in well.
“We have now had time to explore much of Decin and discovered that many of the magnificent old houses are being refurbished and bought back to their former glory,” he comments.
“The cost of living here is relatively low compared to the UK. There is a Tesco's in Decin and the shelves are full of products that we had never seen or heard of before! We have found excellent bottles of beer (pivo) and extremely good Czech wine, very reasonably priced.
“I hope to be able to continue with my leisure pursuits once I've settled in. I used to scuba dive a lot, although I haven't done any for quite some time. I like to play golf as often as possible and also enjoy model making. We walk a lot with Fred, who has travelled everywhere with us over the last 10 years and still has boundless energy. I am very much looking forward to experiencing a different way of life as a result of my new role in Structure-flex CZ.”
Structure-flex Limited is one of the UK's most successful providers of bulk packaging solutions to the world's food, pharmaceutical, chemical and oil and gas industries, as well as a leading supplier of vehicle tension curtains and lifting products.