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Entrepreneur Philip Bain's late father key to success

By Claire McNeilly

A local entrepreneur has emulated his late father by forging a successful business in the midst of adversity.

Philip Bain (40) said he was inspired by his dad, Ronnie, who set up the first Pizza Hut franchise in Northern Ireland despite suffering from terminal cancer.

Now Philip, whose shredding business has enjoyed an unrivalled 10 years of successive growth, is to share the secret of his success at an event in Bangor. It is aimed at young people aged 16-24 who are not in employment, education or training.

"My father was dying, his previous business had collapsed, yet he had four Pizza Huts up and running by the time he passed away. He's my role model," said ShredBank boss Philip.

"I remember clearly sitting at home and my mother coming into the room and saying, 'Your Dad's just off the phone from North America and he's been diagnosed with leukaemia'. At that time we were told he may only have had a few weeks to live."

Having gone into remission, his father set up the first Pizza Hut in Carryduff in 1991. He passed away two years later, by which stage he had four establishments up and running.

Philip worked for several companies, rising to the ranks of general manager for a large Dublin-based firm by the age of 28.

Then, in July 2007, after deciding that he no longer wanted to be an employee, he established ShredBank, an on-site document shredding company, with business partner and good friend James Carson.

The organisation was set up in the midst of, perhaps, one of the worst recent global recessions and Philip will share his story during an event that has been organised by Ards and North Down Borough Council.

The free career building workshop will take place today at the Marine Court Hotel, Bangor

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