How I started: Lessons in Entrepreneurship

Stephen Grant established Grant Engineering in Birr, Co Offaly, in 1978.

21st September, 2014
Stephen Grant.

Stephen Grant established Grant Engineering in Birr, Co Offaly, in 1978. The company manufactures and distributes heating appliances in Ireland and Britain, employing 300 people, 60 of whom are based in Britain.

I started out by inventing a high-output, high-efficiency back boiler. I'd make the boilers at night in a friend's garage and install them the next day. I have a background in engineering and, as well as wanting to be financially independent, I saw a market for...

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