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Globetrotting days are now long gone; Working day: Shaun Doran IN ASSOCIATION WITH Rensburg Sheppards & DLIB.

SHAUN Doran is commercial director, FRC Group, based in Liverpool. Its divisions include the Furniture Resource Centre, retail venture Revive, which supports hundreds of low income families in Merseyside, and Bulky Bob's, a waste management and recycling business.

This was his day:

8.30am: Do the morning school run, dropping off the twins Jack and Meghan - they are five - before heading to my office at Brunswick Dock. This year is my 10th at FRC Group. I spent most of my professional life travelling the world in the timber trade. My wife Lindsay, then my fiancee, put her foot down and my globetrotting days were over.

9am: Catch up with emails and the previous day's figures. FRC Group is a social enterprise. We took the decision a few years ago to operate in a way that enables us to compete against the biggest in the commercial world.

9.30am: As I walk to our showroom, I spot a poster saying one of our Bulky Bob's trainees has won his HGV licence. There are around 100 of us at FRC, and we are like a big family.

9-45am: A buying team from a housing association are buying furniture to refurbish a major sheltered housing scheme and want to look at our range.

11am: Meet staff from our London Road store known as Revive. We are moving to a new building just along the road from TJ Hughes.

Revive sells furniture and white goods such as washing machines and cookers.

Most of the stock on sale has been rescued from the waste stream by our Bulky Bob's team - it is amazing what some people no longer have a use for.

12-15pm: Eat lunch at my desk and catch up on my reading.

There is a never-ending range of things to be read - new business proposals, government reports and procurement tenders.

1pm: Make my weekly call to the chairman of our board, Graham Morris. He's working in Russia at the moment, so I have to be aware of the time difference. Graham used to be chief executive at Rolls-Royce and Bentley, and we are so lucky to have such a high-profile person leading our board.

2pm: Meet the manager of Bulky Bob's. We now carry out collections of large household items in Liverpool, Oldham and Warrington. It accounts for 40% of the turnover of the FRC Group.

3pm: Conference call to our team in Leeds, who have just started what is our biggest-ever single contract for new furniture, worth around pounds 2.5m.

4pm: Some of our "family" will be leaving soon after completing their 12-month training programme. Some didn't even have a car licence when they came to us and now they are fully experienced HGV drivers. It means going through applications for newcomers to replace those who are leaving to take on new jobs.

5pm: Head home to see the twins, with a bundle of papers to read. Have a few speeches to write for forthcoming events..

Some staff didn't have a licence when they came to us


Shaun Doran - he used to travel the world until his wife insisted he stay put. Now he says working for FRC is like being part of a family Picture: COLIN LANE
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 25, 2009
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