Leaving UK in 8 days….

…The weather is freezing cold, so what better time to buy a sports car without a roof.

Well what am I supposed to  do? I went to price up a job yesterday where an established clearance stock warehouse was looking to move on 40 pallets of surplus stock. The owner was one of the nicest guys I have met in business and could see I was in the mood for a bargain. He took me over to his garage where he had a beautiful Robin Hood Lotus 7 Style kit car under wraps. The car has been hand built over the last 10 years and the attention to detail is spot on, a true credit to its builder. Sadly it  had never been out on the road until today. It was a great feeling taking this little toy out but in the back of my mind I was thinking how am I going to sell this on while in China?

Thankfully a very good friend of mine, Alan Murphy from Beaumonts Garage in Darlington offered to put it in his showroom and help it find a new owner. With a bit of luck it will bring a tidy profit and go towards my first container back from China. Until then I better manoeuver it off my icy drive and take it for its first proper run out. Where’s my helmet?

10 day countdown


As I sit here in my home office – that I only just decorated and moved a PC into a few days ago, I wonder if my last minute spontaneous “It’s new year I need to make a change” idea was a good one.

In ten days I’m moving from Darlington, North East England to Shenzhen in China to see if I can build a new business.

I guess we all have something we think we will do one day but never do, I suppose I don’t want the never do aspect to bug me anymore.

I have been importing and selling online since about 2003. I owned and ran a successful business importing from Taiwan, Germany and the USA until about 3 years ago when the market changed.

I have been toying with a few things since then but I have been putting off making any real life changing moves perhaps because I’m human and that’s what we tend to do.

So this is my grassroots documentation of a young man looking to make money in China, you can follow my steps over a cup of coffee while you too may sit there deliberating some changes.

Oh, I hope you like my new logo…… YMC4Life 🙂