Family business succession has proved to be the driving force for a Morpeth-based firm that will soon celebrate 35 years of trading.
Brian and Iona Gott, founders and directors of Gott Technical Services, are fast-approaching their collective 70th corporate anniversary.
In 1980, the entrepreneurial duo set up their garage equipment supplier business from their spare bedroom and following six months of successful trading, they made the decision to take the next step.
Almost 35 years later, they remain valuable components of what is now a successful second-generation family firm.
At the age of 19, Ian Gott ventured into the automotive industry and he began working within the business, which eventually saw him take on the director role. Under his leadership, the business has grown its service area up to Scotland and across to the North West and Cumbria regions – where it has seen increased demand for its services.
It now serves more than 500 active clients, from independent garages to motor retail groups.
Both Brian and Iona remain an active part of the working culture.
Brian, as managing director, is responsible for the accounts, while Iona is the company secretary, assisting across various departments of the business including purchasing, administration and HR.
Brian said: “It’s strange to look back and think that almost 35 years have gone by since we started out.
“If we’ve learned anything during that time, it’s that working initially as a couple and now as a family, has only strengthened the business and brought us all closer together.”