December 10 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
A Norwich man who was praised for his motivation and intuition for taking to Twitter to try and find a job has found success after starting his own company.
Gavin Wright, 44, who lives in Taverham, has set up his own firm Gavin Wright Ceramic Tiling to provide tiling for kitchens, floors, bathrooms and showrooms after deciding to go it alone.
Mr Wright, who worked for the EDP’s parent company Archant in the print department, received praise from social media experts for using Twitter to try and find a job, including Norwich-based Gordon Maw, of Maw Communications, who described it as the “21st century version of getting on your bike.”
“I worked for Archant for eight months on the print side of things and during that time I was reading the Norwich Evening News daily and it appeared that everything was turning for the good in the construction sector.
“I thought this should be a good time to branch out and go it alone. If anybody’s going to give me a decent job it is going to be myself,” Mr Wright added.
The businessman, who has a background in the construction industry, added: “There has definitely been an upturn in business. People are not moving house, but they are investing in their own homes.
“My income is much better going it alone, but it is not as stable as when you’re employed by somebody,” he added.
Mr Wright used to run Wright Distribution, a leaflet delivery company based in Camp Grove, Thorpe Hamlet.
But after that business closed Mr Wright, who has a six-year-old son, took to the internet to try and fix his problem.
He set up his own micro-blogging website on Twitter after becoming exasperated with unemployment.
His @NeedajobNorwich Twitter account was published to over 50,000 people.
On the small biography section of his Twitter profile, he wrote: “Hi, Im Gav. Will consider any type of work, I’m 43, fit (and) healthy, honest and reliable, Call me 0750 386 5807. Former business owner, RT PLZ.”
‘RT’ stands for ‘retweet’, which is a method used by Twitter users to share a post with their followers.
Shortly after setting up the account Mr Wright was already seeing his appeals get retweeted but he got some surprise celebrity help to get him on his way.
David Gold, co-owner of West Ham United, whom Mr Wright supports, retweeted one of his appeals to more than 49,300 of his followers.
The former Long Stratton High School pupil told was shocked by the big reaction he had including tweets from Africa, Cyprus and other places.
Mr Wright also fielded calls from all kinds of media organisations wanting to find out about his Twitter quest, including a radio station in the USA and a journalist working in Japan.