From mixes to mixer taps - DJ’s recession born business booms

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 27 Jun 2018

TURN the clock back a decade and  the worst recession in a lifetime was sinking its teeth into Britain.

The impact was felt everywhere, and northern Lincolnshire was no different, with small businesses that had sprung up in previous spend, spend, spend years facing a stern test.

However, with others exhibiting wary surprise, one local man decided it was just the right time to start-up. 

Now in 2018, Dave Beeson’s eponymous Beeson Plumbing and Heating Ltd employs nine people, offering domestic and small commercial services, taking apprentices on and building a strong future.

But the memories of 2008 will never be forgotten, or the lengths he went to. A Toyota van had been purchased from the North-East – it was the most economical he could find at the time, and his supportive sister Caroline provided the transport to collect it.

“She did not know it was in Newcastle until we had set off, but as ever, she helped out and I am ever-grateful for her support,” remembers Dave.

And so, with the basic tools in the van he went on his first job, which he was called to on the back of the economic collapse.

“It was a hair and nail salon right in the centre of Grimsby that was closing down due to the crunch and needed disconnection work doing inside. For many, it may have seemed like the wrong time to set up a new business, but for me it was right,” said the Wilton Road Industrial Estate businessman.

A worth ethic as large as his personality, he was a well-known DJ who lived out his dream to be resident DJ at Pier 39 in its heyday. 

DJ Dave Beeson with his ‘other’ tools – the decks

For 25 years, he was behind the decks, both at home and abroad – summer seasons in Corfu were followed by stints in Cleethorpes’ Park Lane, JDs and The Flamingo. But now he is well aware it isn’t a solo gig.

“There is no doubt that you need good people around you and as we have grown the business, we have never tried to push faster than we wanted to go, and that continues. Instead, we have let the business unfold at a steady rate, always with the aim of being the ‘go to’ people,” he said.

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A family man whose forefathers worked in the heart of Grimsby’s fishing industry, his life in the plumbing businesses saw him learn his trade with Fred Margarson Ltd, a company he will be forever grateful to.

With a passion for music remaining, he made a guest appearance at this year’s Hull’s Humber Street Sesh. And he was not the only ‘Beeson’ to star as his teenage daughter Jaz played an accomplished acoustic performance – the up-and-coming singer-songwriter and guitarist has just released her first EP, before heading off to a prestigious London music college.

For Dave, music was his life for many years – with his wife Kay offering her full support. It was not easy though when their young family came along – their eldest daughter Ellis arrived 10-weeks early and had a lengthy stay in Grimsby’s Special Care Baby Unit, leading to long days and nights for the family.

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With a change of career in the pipeline, Dave enrolled as a mature student on the City & Guilds plumbing course at what is now Grimsby Institute. He then began to grow his team and has never looked back – with an increasing client base and formal accreditations from the likes of Ideal. The training of young local people is also at the forefront of the business, with the progression of the next generation an important factor. The firm has the full support of the Ideal School of Excellence, along with TradeHelp – and continues to enjoy close links with Steve Hilton at the Nuns Corner campus.

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