The young man that I'm shaking the hand of is a man of courage. Today he is setting out on the tough all consuming road of setting up and running his own business. His name is Paul Hill, and his business, based in Newtown, Montgomeryshire will be to quick fit tyres, exhausts, batteries etc. This morning I joined him at his new currently empty unit. The tyres etc are arriving later this week.
Over my lifetime in public affairs, I must have attended hundreds of 'official' openings and launches of business expansions - probably about one per week during the five years I was Chairman of the Development Board for Rural Wales and quite a few during the seven years I chaired the Local Planning Authority in Montgomeryshire in the 1980's. Many of them were very big businesses. But I always took most pleasure when one or two young people were taking the inevitable risk associated with entering the world of self employment.
So its very best wishes to Paul.