Building was always in the background for Mark Preedy, growing up. Subsequently at 16 years of age, the Boston Manor resident embarked on a building trade apprenticeship.
It was during his apprenticeship, that Mark set up his own business: take a bow, Preedy Builders. “I just used to do small jobs on the weekends while training - I always wanted to do this. I have a real interest in architecture,” he explains.
Fast forward 30 years and Preedy’s company - chances are you’ll have seen a white van emblazoned with ‘Preedy Builders’ drive past you while out and about in Ealing - and work is celebrated industry wide.
One of Mark’s most high profile jobs was on chimneys at Hampton Court and many of his jobs involved recreating period pieces, by combining modern methods and vintage materials such as reclaimed slates.
It transpires that Preedy’s passion lies in restoring heritage buildings: “I like to walk away from a building and people think the work we have done has been there since day one.”
But the born and bred west Londoner, whose business has been around even longer than Madonna - a rare feat in these economic times - also offers construction services ranging from domestic internal work to grand scale new builds.
The father of four has an innate niceness about him - positivity comes off him in waves - which perhaps explains why some of his team have worked with him for nearly 20 years.
Preedy has been nominated by his proud daughter, Lucy Boulter, for the ‘Business Champion’ category in our ‘Pride in our People 2014’ awards. Boulter is in awe of Mark’s commitment to his work projects. “He only employs the finest of trades and works mostly by word of mouth in the west London area.” she says. “If you asked him to take your house down and rebuild it - including your back fence and front garden wall - he would.”
Despite a packed work schedule, Mark still manages to be “an amazing father,” says Lucy. “He works so hard to provide for his family and also somehow finds the time to give back to the local community.”
Preedy clearly believes in taking action. “Over the years he has raised thousands of pounds for charity by running several London marathons and partaking in parachute and bungee jumps, golf days and most recently a Spartan Race,” reveals Lucy
As if all that wasn’t enough, Mark has “for the last 20 years helped out at our local church,” says Lucy - pride and passion emanating from her every pore. “I’m sure you can see why I have nominated him.”
Yes Lucy, we can. Even if he doesn’t emerge triumphant in the Pride Awards, Preedy has plenty to be proud about.