Early career break
One of Gary’s early successes arose around 1984 when there was a big increase in council funding for house modernisation including grants being issued for up to 90%. His family firm became very experienced in this work, which led to winning a local award for modernising a block of four terraced houses in Waterloo Street, Burton on Trent. Putting the frontage back to the original 1930s condition, they also brought the interiors up to a modern day standard. Plus, they built a bathroom extension on the back of each home creating an extra bedroom. This resulted in the family business being put on the council’s recommended list.
Global scuba diving
One of Gary’s passions is scuba diving across the world in exotic locations such as Antigua, Jamaica and the Red Sea in Egypt. Gary also dives closer to home in Spain, Plymouth and regularly at the diving training centre at Stoney Cove, Leicestershire. In warmer waters, Gary has come face-to-face with Atlantic Whitetip Sharks and Hammerhead Sharks. Gary has recently achieved his Recreational Trimix qualification. Trimix contains helium which makes a good breathing gas when used in combination with oxygen and nitrogen because it reduces the narcotic effects of the gas mixture. Plus, Trimix increases the depth to which a diver can safely dive by lowering the percentage of oxygen in the breathing gas. For Gary, scuba diving gives him the opportunity to explore, “another world underneath the water which is both peaceful and weightless”.
Other hobbies include raising money for various charities including taking part in the Wolf Run and Tough Mudder (supporting Help for Heroes). Gary supports the incredible work of the Footprints Orphanage in Kenya, a charity close to his heart due to previous family involvement, and he now donates 1% of his earnings to support this worthwhile cause. What’s more, Gary also sends toys to a Romanian orphanage.
“No matter how big or small the donation, I strongly believe in businesses giving back to worthwhile causes and charities.”
Gary Earp, Managing Director – GE Commercial Construction Ltd.