Matt Wilson’s Story

At 16 years old Matt had no job and £100 in his pocket – but now he is a chief executive of his own highly successful business.

After finishing school Matt became unemployed and was trying to find his way. His dad convinced him to take an apprenticeship in electrical engineering, but at the same time he started the company that would become Crosby Communications. He’d had a keen interest in electronics from an early age; the budding entrepreneur in him hunting out and fixing old TVs and radios and selling them in the local newspaper, and so the apprenticeship seemed like the next logical, and safe, step.

Once Crosby Communications was successfully up and running, Matt turned his attention towards self-development. With the business expanding, Matt decided it was time to get recognition for his growing management and technical skills. So he became a member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, one of the largest science, engineering and technology institutions in the world.

His next achievement is to achieve Chartered Engineer status, which he has now applied for. “I’ve wanted to get Chartered for a very long time,” he explains. “ When I was younger I felt it was way out of my league, but as I’ve become more experienced and picked up some qualifications along the way, I wanted to go for it.”