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STEVE IS BOXING CLEVER AS COMPANY BOSS.

A FORMER boxer is punching above his weight in business.

According to Steve Kavanagh, boss of Wrexham-based ANL Drainage, the discipline he learned in the ring is standing him in good stead more than 30 years later.

Steve, 56, also runs building firm R&S Construction with his older brother Robert, but, given the current economic climate, it''s the drainage company that''s taking up most of his time.

He is being kept on his toes by new regulations that mean property owners have to register their septic tanks as part of a massive upgrading of drainage systems by the Environment Agency.

One of the keys to their business success, says Steve, is the expert advice and strategic guidance he''s received from chartered accountants Coxeys, who have offices in Wrexham and Saltney.

Steve said: "The support and guidance we have had from Coxeys has been absolutely magnificent.

"The business advice from Gill Atkinson has been spot on and, in uncertain times economically, has ensured the company remains on firm financial foundations supporting business growth.

"It gives us peace of mind to concentrate on the things that we are good at."

Steve, who lives in Bradley, was a member of Llay Boxing Club under the tutelage of well-known local policeman Jim Jones.

He boxed for Wales in his early twenties - first as a light middleweight and then as a middleweight - and rubbed shoulders with legends like Sir Henry Cooper, Pat Cowdell and John Conteh.

Steve added: "My background as a boxer has certainly helped me in my business life, boxing instils discipline and the ability to focus on what is important to achieve your goals.

"I wasn't good enough to turn professional but the lessons I learned then have stayed with me."

He added: "ANL Drainage, which we bought about nine years ago, is now the main part of our business.

"We do lots of work for the local authorities like and housing associations as well as other public bodies, businesses and households across North Wales."

Gill Atkinson added: "ANL are great ambassadors for local business and industry, SMEs like this are the backbone of our economy." ? For information, visit the website: www.anldrainage.co.uk.

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Packing a punch: Steve Kavanagh of ANL drainage with Gill Atkinson and Rhian Williams of chartered accountants Coxeys
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Feb 8, 2012
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