When David Littlewood decided it was time to move on from the business he had built, Littlewoods Smash Repairs, long term employees Zachary Gordon and Richard Mill jumped at the opportunity.
Sunday, 1st January 2023, was Zach and Ricks first official day as owners of the business.
Rick recalls his path to owning the business, explaining, “In year 10 at school I worked here one day a week, I used to sweep the floors every afternoon with the hope of getting an apprenticeship. I worked for nine months everyday sweeping, but didn’t get the apprenticeship.
“I went and worked at Scotty Page’s for a year and a half then at another place for a bit, before coming back to Littlewoods. I have been back here for eight years.”
If you have met Zac and Rick, you will know they are great mates and love a good laugh. Rick originally helped Zac get the job at Littlewoods, joking, “I thought he (Zac) was a bit of a pest for a while.”
Seven years ago when Zac first started working for Littlewoods Smash Repairs he recalls the previous owner, David Littlewood telling him at the time he would “never amount to being a tradie”.
The fact that he is now a part-owner in the business is testament to his strong work ethic and passion for the job.
Busy times lay ahead for Rick and Zac with the business already booked out for the next six weeks.
Rick and Zac’s advice for the residents of Parkes is, “Forget the rest, see the best!”