Drugs, theft and violence blighted the last few years of my business

In our glory years, I believed us to have amazing staff relations. We were expanding fast, working hard, high on energy and hitting the pub a lot.

But my door, always open to the staff, brought sob stories (some genuine) of financial hardship and endless requests for free loans. I had naïve notions about how much of a team we all were, believing there to be no employer/employee divide.

The party atmosphere helped. Combine that party reputation with one of an easily suckered boss, and we soon attracted a the wrong crowd – and there was plenty of wrong crowd locally to be had.

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