Determined Chatteris man starts up own firm

Barry Murkin set up own training firm after 86 job rejections. ANL-151123-154852009
Barry Murkin set up own training firm after 86 job rejections. ANL-151123-154852009
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More than 80 job rejections did not stop a former serviceman who has started up his own business.

Barry Murkin, 54, spent 27 years in the RAF Regiment but, on leaving the forces, he struggled to find a job.

After receiving 86 rejection letters, Mr Murkin decided to set-up his own firm.

Using skills that he had gained in the military, along with studying for further qualifications, Mr Murkin has founded First Safety Training (Cambs).

He recently moved into his new offices in South Fens Business Park, Chatteris, where he will be able to offer training including first aid and fire safety.

Mr Murkin, who is classed as disabled after suffering a spinal injury in a training accident, is enjoying running the business after a challenging job search.

The Chatteris man said: “I had been getting down to the final part of the interview stage and always ended up getting the same thing back.

“So I decided to set up my own business and I have not looked back.

“The business is going fine. I’m finding it really rewarding and a lot of hard work.”

Mr Murkin was discharged from the armed forces in 2008 after the training injury.

He provides fully certified training in Health and Safety in the Workplace, Fire Safety and Manual Handling.

He is also working with the firm in Bedfordshire on training courses.

For more information go to www.firstsafetytraining.com