Un­der­lay­ing Suc­cess

The Don­nelly Wat­son Story

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Start­ing a busi­ness dur­ing the re­ces­sion may sound like a risky move, but for Scott Wat­son and Daniel Don­nelly, it was a risk worth tak­ing. The co-own­ers of Don­nelly Wat­son, the Ip­swich-based car­pet and floor­ing com­pany, de­cided to strike out on their own in 2008, hav­ing worked to­gether at a car­pet shop for a num­ber of years. “We just be­came good friends, and he’s got the same work ethic as me,” says Scott.

Up un­til that point, both had been sup­ple­ment­ing their day jobs with evening and week­end work, so it made sense for them to share the load. “It made life a lit­tle bit eas­ier for both of us,” says Scott.

And it wasn’t long be­fore they saw an op­por­tu­nity to take things a step fur­ther. “We re­alised there weren’t many com­pa­nies in the area that spe­cialised in sup­ply­ing and fit­ting high-qual­ity floor­ing,” adds Scott.

A com­mer­cial premises wasn’t fea­si­ble at first, so the pair bought their first van and launched a home call-out ser­vice for cus­tomers in and around Ip­swich. “That van served us well for about a year un­til we needed a big­ger van to sup­port the sud­den growth in busi­ness,” says Scott.

Over the next four years, Scott and Daniel put in some se­ri­ous hours to get the busi­ness mov­ing in the right direc­tion – “we were work­ing un­til 9 or 10 o’clock most nights of the week, and week­ends.” For­tu­nately, they didn’t have to start from scratch. “I’d been fit­ting for 28 years, so I al­ready had a num­ber of re­peat cus­tomers,” says Scott. “They fol­lowed me and we gained ex­tra cus­tomers through rec­om­men­da­tion and pro­vid­ing a high stan­dard of work.”

By 2012, the com­pany had gen­er­ated enough rev­enue to es­tab­lish a high­street pres­ence. How­ever, with their busi­ness savvi­ness and eye for in­te­rior de­sign, Scott and Daniel weren’t will­ing to open “any old shop”. After pur­chas­ing a suit­able premises, they rented it out to a hair­dresser for around three years. This pro­vided them with the funds they needed to cre­ate a stylish show­room, em­ploy ad­di­tional staff and store high-qual­ity stock.

Ten years on from Scott and Daniel’s de­ci­sion to go into busi­ness to­gether, Don­nelly Wat­son is a recog­nised name in Ip­swich, with its team of em­ployed fit­ters and de­sign­ers de­liv­er­ing a first­class floor­ing ser­vice to com­mer­cial and do­mes­tic cus­tomers in the area. The com­pany now has five vans on the road and can count Ip­swich Town Foot­ball Club and Suf­folk County Coun­cil among its big­gest clients. It has even ful­filled jobs as far afield as Southamp­ton and Peter­bor­ough. “This year has just been crazy – I don’t know where the months have gone,” says Scott. “One week feels like a day to me some­times.”

While there are no plans to open an­other show­room, the cur­rent shop has re­cently been ex­tended, giv­ing cus­tomers more space to browse Don­nelly Wat­son’s ex­ten­sive range of car­pet, lam­i­nate, vinyl and wood floor­ing – not to men­tion ar­ti­fi­cial grass. So, if you’re look­ing to re­fresh your home or busi­ness, why not pay Scott, Daniel and the team a visit to­day?

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