Daily Post gets the Lowdown on Ningbo Boss Chris Stockton
Leading North West and North Wales Newspaper, the Daily Post, recently caught up with Chris Stockton to find out how he combines his successful business enterprise with the demands of driving in the BTCC (British Touring Car Championship).
Destined to be an entrepreneur from an early age – Chris bought and sold chickens and pigs and started to make his first profits. However, his next foray into the business world would have to wait as he established himself as a quantity surveyor. It wasn’t until the sad passing of his grandmother and the £3000 she left to him that Chris finally realised the dream of being his own boss when he bought a marquee with the money, maxed out his credit cards to buy furniture and that was the very early beginnings of the company that has grown into Ningbo – a business that supplies furniture across the UK and Europe for clients both large and small.
Chris and Ningbo have had to dig deep and barely survived the recession in tact but a grit and determination to succeed just about kept the company afloat and slowly but surely the recovery began. In 2013, Ningbo expanded its enterprise to include a new facet of the company – a palletised freight delivery business which is part of the UPN (United Pallet Network). It’s fair to say it’s been a huge success throughout both 2013 and the first half of 2014. The furniture business (which imports tables and chairs from China and sells directly through the Ningbo Furniture website) has also gone from strength to the strength – with 2013 being its strongest year to date.
Across all areas of the company, there are now 25 employees, which has grown from just 3 during the dark days of the recession. The final aspect of the 3 pronged business is the racing! Chris has enjoyed many years in different aspects of motorsport (memorably competing in the 2004 Le Mans 24 hour race) and currently finds himself on the grid at the BTCC, driving a Chevrolet Cruze. Chris admits that although he takes it absolutely seriously, the racing is a hobby and the other aspects of the business always come first.
To find out more about the Chris Stockton and Ningbo Furniture success story, check out the Business Section of today’s (9th July 2014) Daily Post.