Each month, The Listing finds out more about the person behind the business. This month, we chatted to Rob Radford from Oven Wizards. Rob lives in Moggerhanger near Sandy, in Bedfordshire, where he is well placed to serve customers in East Bedfordshire, North Hertfordshire and South and West Cambridgeshire, providing a warm, friendly, efficient and courteous oven cleaning service.
What’s your favourite place to eat? For family food then The White Horse in Southill or for grown up dining then The Black Horse at Ireland, both horses but both very different!
The last book you read? With a six year old and an eight month old I must confess reading is not something I spend much time doing now, so it was probably a couple of years back I read Ronnie O Sullivan’s biography!
What makes you happy? Family days out going somewhere we haven’t been before, or doing something we haven’t done before. Definitely experiences or memories over material possessions!
What is your favourite film? Trainspotting, I loved the recent sequel but nothing beats the original.
What do you love about your work? I get a real sense of satisfaction turning a ‘busy’ oven into a nice clean one although I don’t get the same satisfaction doing my own one!
What is your favourite way to spend a Saturday? I love watching football and when possible my beloved Barnet football club.
What are you looking forward to most this month? Some sunshine hopefully and spending time outdoors seeing family and friends.
How do you keep fit? Cleaning ovens! I love running and most sports although ovens seem to be my most frequent workout at present.
What is the most challenging aspect of your position? We have recently taken on our first employee so it’s definitely looking after someone other than just myself and a bigger workload as the business grows.
What is your proudest moment? It’s currently a three way tie between my wedding day and the two mini Radford’s arriving.
What has been the most valuable life lesson that you have learnt? Before I went travelling after uni I would probably say I erred on the side of caution too often. The lesson I took from that period was definitely to be more bold, consider carefully every opportunity to do or try something new and don’t be left with any regrets!
How do you relax? I think my small window for relaxation probably comes about 9pm every evening when the kids are in bed and the house is quiet and my wife and I hit the sofa and take a few deep breaths!
What inspirational quote sums you up? I think it’s probably one I heard years ago that has stayed with me which is “There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met” (William Butler Yeats)