Far East Research Puts Wheels in Motion
"HONG Kong is busy, really manic - but it's a great place to do business," according to Leamington entrepreneur Rob Semple.
The devoted family man set up his own supply solutions company, CAD Equipe, in 2006 - which he runs from his home in Cubbington Road.
Business Warwickshire And this week he has arrived in Hong Kong as part of a trade visit led by the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, with the goal of launching a new kids' scooter to sell in the UK.
Father-of-three Rob has spent the past five years taking products from different trades and designing better, more efficient creations for either the same price or cheaper. His company has a suite of dry lining products, building and cold rolled sections - which is proving to be a success, having already sold nearly a million metres of one of the main runners since 2006.
But when his children found his work less than inspiring, Rob decided to encourage greater input from his family to help launch a new range of product.
"The reason why I am here today in Hong Kong is for the final design of our children's scooters and stunt scooters, we are going to start bringing those into the UK and then putting them through distributors to get them around the country.
"It is quite exciting. I have wanted to drag the children into the business for some time now. They do a little bit of accountancy and paperwork just so they can see what business is all about.
"But my wife and I noticed that they would start to glaze over when we were discussing the business. I am not surprised really as it is not the sexiest of trades. …