After 14 years working for the family business, one Swansea son is leaving it all behind to follow in his father’s footsteps and start his own business.
Christian Brayley’s father Alan Brayley, founded AB Glass in 1991, and has built it up to a very successful business, landing big contracts including; Swansea University Bay Campus, Windsor House student accommodation and Wells Cathedral School’s new music building.
Christian originally joined his father’s business when he was just 16 years old, but after a few years, left to join the British Army and served with the Royal Engineers for five years. In 2001, Christian came back to AB Glass and has been there solidly for the last 14 years.
During his time at the company, Christian has worked as Trade Director, helping to develop the trade arm of the business. He has seen it through some tremendous growth and success, and has always been there to help others whenever he is needed. Christian will be hanging up his hat for the last time on Friday, July 31.
For his next venture, Christian will be working for himself fitting windows for customers in the local area.
“It is really surreal to be leaving after 14 years with AB Glass and it will be a sad day on Friday when I say my goodbyes. It has been a privilege to work alongside my dad for so long, as not many people get the chance to do that, and he has taught me a lot.
“I feel like now is the right time to venture out and follow what my dad did 24 years ago and start my own business. I am currently single so it is easier to start my own business now,” said Christian.
On his son leaving, Alan Brayley, managing director and founder of AB Glass, said:
“I and everyone at AB Glass wish Christian every success with his new venture, and we will support him in whatever way we can. Even though he is leaving, he will not be too far away.
“I want to thank Christian for the dedicated service he has given us over the last 14 years, and as a father, I couldn’t be more proud to see my son follow in my footsteps and start up his own business.”