Teenage manager feared for safety
"CLIENTS said if they saw us in the main street they'd take us down a dark alley and leave us worse for wear.''
That was the threat faced by Brad Evans, the 17-year-old put in charge of Innovative Steel Impression Kit Homes and Buildings and the Atlantic Pools distributorship for the six months he worked for the company.
"I was apprehensive even about doing my weekly shopping because I was on the front line and people might take their frustrations towards the owner out on me,'' Mr Evans said.
Kim Marshall owns the company Versatile Steel Impression Homes and many spin off businesses including Innovative Steel Impression Kit Homes and Buildings and Great Ozzi Pools.
The building firm was also a distributor for Atlantic Pools - blamed by customers for a string of problems including shoddy tradesmanship and delays in installation.
The businesses hit this paper's headlines for all the wrong reasons recently when clients came forward complaining about work done.
The phrase jack of all trades is scarcely enough to explain what Mr Evans was required to do while working for the company, employed as sales and marketing manager of one firm and manager of the other.
He was selling, installing and trying to repair faulty equipment - a incredible expectation considering his age and lack of qualifications.
Mr Evans said while he may have been the face of the company, he was not to blame and had been made to mislead clients and do work beyond his job description.