Meet the team: Spotlight on Mike
From a thrilling career in the Royal Engineers to a new mission ensuring things stay intact… you couldn’t ask for a more dependable individual to handle your plumbing needs. Let’s introduce the fresh face of MPS Plumbers, Glasgow’s own Mike.
Hello Mike, it’s a pleasure to meet you. What is your role at MPS Plumbers?
It’s wonderful to meet you as well. I serve as a plumber and am also in training as a gas engineer.
Where are you based?
I’m from Glasgow, currently residing in the heart of the city.
What inspired you to pursue a career in plumbing?
I spent many years with the Royal Engineers, specialising in explosives and mechanics. It was an exhilarating, hands-on career, but after a long stint in the army, I felt a yearning for change.
I dipped my toes into the world of insurance brokering but felt an increasing urge to utilise my practical skills and secure a job that offered more autonomy. Over time, I found myself desiring a change from the constant hustle of city life.
Opting for a plumbing career seemed a sound choice: the service is always in demand, it provides a substantial amount of freedom, and the potential financial reward can be significant for those ready to put in the hard work.
When did you retire from the army?
Over ten years ago.
How long have you been leading MPS Plumbers?
I established MPS Plumbers six years ago, after obtaining my certification as a plumber.
What do you enjoy about running MPS Plumbers?
Indeed, I enjoy it immensely. I take genuine joy in taking care of those around me, be it my customers, team, family, or friends.
I’ve come across a few unsatisfactory bosses in my time, so being in a position where I can create a positive work environment is truly rewarding.
What qualities help you excel in your role?
The discipline and punctuality instilled in me during my army years have been extremely beneficial.
I also find that I build good relationships with people… at least most of the time. There are instances where one needs to put on the diplomat’s hat.
And, of course, being proficient with my hands and having a firm grasp of mechanics and engineering have greatly aided me in excelling at my trade.
What’s the most challenging job you’ve ever undertaken?
I once received a call from a branch of a famous sushi restaurant chain. My assignment was to unclog their Saniflo pump – an unpleasant task involving toilet waste.
The downpipe was 20 feet below ground, and when I unfastened it, I was instantly engulfed by a tremendous amount of human waste. It was beyond horrific.
That sounds terrible. Did you receive any compensation for this task?
No, the only response I got was laughter.
That’s awful. I intended to ask about your most memorable job, but it seems hard to top that one.
You’re spot on there.
Have you worked for any famous clients?
Yes, I have. While I’d love to share stories, maintaining client confidentiality is a key aspect of my job.
Do your friends work in similar trades or jobs that involve hands-on skills?
While there aren’t any fellow plumbers, many are property developers and contractors. A few are still serving in the army.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
My family is my top priority. Beyond that, I am an avid sports enthusiast, with a particular fondness for cricket, football, and rugby.
Are you a member of any sports teams?
Yes. I’m part of a cricket team called the Glasgow Greens. I play as a batsman and wicketkeeper.
Do you have any pets?
No, but I am the father of a 2-year-old son.
Does he possess any unique skills?
Not in particular, although he is potty-trained. However, my 10-year-old daughter is quite skilled at football.