Boasting a career spanning four decades in the potato industry, Philip Williams reveals his journey from farming the fields of his father's farm to now being one of the most recognised potato merchants in the south west, and supplier of catering equipment across the U.K. and overseas.
Son of a farmer, Philip barely out of his teens knew that a career in his father's footsteps was not for him, being ambitious by nature he wanted to follow a different path, so decided to open his own fruit and veg shop in his home town of Kenton.
At the young age of 20 Philip soon built up a strong customer base, and started supplying potatoes to fish and chip shops around the south West Country. Hard work and ambition soon paid off, and as business grew he decided to swap fruit and veg for potatoes and soon became to earn himself a good reputation in the potato industry.
Philip soon became more ambitious and after supplying potatoes to fish and chip shops, cafes and hotels recognised there was an opportunity to offer a service repairing, servicing and re-gritting customer's potato peelers and chippers.
The business grew from strength to strength, and today Philip of Williams Potatoes and Williams Catering Products are a result of his success.
Philip attributes his company's success to his reputation of reliability' and is now able to offer new and second hand equipment repair and supply spare parts and also part exchange old equipment for new, covering all of the U.K. and overseas.
He states that one of the key things of his success is continuing reliability, if a customer finds themselves stranded and urgently needs potatoes or their chipper or peeler has broken down, his company and its workforce will be there to help them out.
Insisting on mentioning his staff who he says he owes a lot of his success to especially Steve Hervin and his son Brendon he quotes "They have been so loyal to me over the years and have really helped me push the business forward.