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Business Leader Profile - George Ruddick, Managing Director

Business Name:          Thistle Help Ltd


Social Media:             Facebook: Thistle Help @ Thistle Help

Contact Details:         Laura Hays – 07973218446 (01294 313369)

How long have you worked in the business?

I established the business in 2007 with Laura Hays.

How many people do you employ?


What is the vision for the business?

Enabling our customers to live independently, recognising everyone matters.

What’s a typical day for you?

Typical day? What is that? What I love about coming into work at Thistle Help is, no 2 days are the same. I work from 9am til 5pm. I lead the team in their every day duties, supplying equipment to elderly and disabled customers. I also assist with the Health & Safety within the company.

Why did the business choose to locate in North Ayrshire?

As I live in North Ayrshire and I already had a printing business in Irvine, it seemed an ideal opportunity to establish Thistle Help in my home town.

Best 3 things about working in North Ayrshire?

The people

The support we get from North Ayrshire Council Business Growth Team is invaluable.

Local loyal staff


What is your biggest business achievement to date?

Securing the Pan-Ayrshire framework contract.

Which business person or company do you most admire and why?

Lord Alan Sugar – He is direct and impulsive with his decisions, a bit like myself!

What is a skill you would like to learn and why?

Better financial forecasting. Although this has improved in recent times.

What did you want to be when you were a child?

I always wanted to run my own business.

What do you do to relax away from the office?

Drink Jack Daniels.

Who is your favourite band?

Texas and Meatloaf

What is your favourite movie?

Bridget Jones Diary

What 3 words sum you up?

Direct, Humorous, Thoughtful



Posted on Wednesday 21st November 2018