We’re getting to know the Bluestones One team so, we’ve asked Managing Director, Gary White, about his journey in the merchandising and installation industry and what it’s like leading the team at Bluestones One.
How did your journey at Bluestones One begin and what has it been like since?
I joined the business in May 2018 and it’s been a whirlwind experience ever since. We built the business from scratch with the support of the group and have gone from strength to strength. We now have a market leading business that will continue to grow and I’m very excited for the next few years.
What do you enjoy about working in this industry?
No two days are ever the same. We are constantly engaging internally and externally on new projects, ideas and initiatives. As with every business there are always challenges, but as a team we face them head on and come out stronger for the experience.
What is your proudest professional moment?
There are a few, but we have been very fortunate to be part of such a supportive Investment Group and have won 3 awards in 3 years at the annual awards. Our first one (Best New Business) was incredible but to have recently been awarded Most Profitable in our third full year of trading was a huge achievement and I’m immensely proud of the team.
What are your values as a leader?
My key values are about focusing on the people, which for me is our teams and our customers, as we simply don’t have a business without them both. I try to empower the team to make their own decisions, but have to fight my own need to know everything in order to let them get on with things!
How would you describe the company culture at Bluestones One?
To be honest I think our culture is constantly evolving as the business and the team grows. We set out with some very clear objectives relating to how we treat our people and customers, and as we’ve grown we’ve worked extremely hard to maintain those and ensure that focus isn’t lost. We are still committed to reward, recognition and growth for our teams and believe this drives our culture.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wife, daughter and family and friends but also try to ensure I play 5 a side football twice a week (think I’m too old for 11 a side now!).
Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t expect
I’m a proud ‘Jersey Bean’! This is the term for people from Jersey, Channel Islands, where I was born and lived until the age of 10.