Me & My Job - Callum Davis, owner, Eco-Charlie

- How did you get started in horticulture?

I took environmental studies at A-Level, which inspired me to set up an environmentally sustainable business when I left college. Eco-Charlie produces pest repellents made from 100 per cent natural products that are not harmful to the environment. I developed our Natural Slug and Snail Deterrent, initially using waste coffee grounds from a cafe, but it became too expensive to collect the amount I needed. After some research I found a different sediment to use, which is a physical barrier like coffee.

- What does your typical day involve?

Get to work at 8.30am, check emails and catch up with suppliers and stockists. Then I am off to meetings to form new relationships. I have regular meetings with the Prince's Trust as it is mentoring me. Later on I head to the warehouse, where I check the orders going out that day and the next.

- What takes up most of your time?

Answering emails.

- Do you get out of the office enough?

Yes. I am out the office most days for a few hours.

- What is the best part of your job?

Getting to meet new customers and negotiating deals.

- And the worst?

I don't really think there is a worst. Although the paperwork can become mundane.

- What piece of kit can't you do without?

My laptop and my car.

- How do you wind down after a day's work?

I sometimes go to the gym but I prefer to go out on my mountain bike. I also try to see my friends as much as possible.

- What does the future hold?

I believe Eco-Charlie will continue to grow and develop, despite the economic turmoil, because it is such a unique business. Our main aim is to raise awareness of the negative effects some chemicals can have on a garden's ecosystem.


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