JMS Sports UK

JMS Sport UK are manufacturers, importers and suppliers of quality sports ground equipment for all sports. Director Jonathan Smith, shares his thoughts below.

What do you do?

Lots! There are many different elements to the business: artificial carpets for cricket nets, contractor work, preparing for or closing down for the season, provision and manufacture of covers, sight screens and cricket nets, seed and turf preparation, these are just a few of the things we do. We also have an online shop and retail premises within the unit at Keighley.

Why do you do what you do?

The thrill of sorting out problems and resolving clients issues. I'm a 'doer', I enjoy developing things – new screens, carpets, covers etc, for the cricket/sports industry.

How did you get into your field?

Whilst at school I was interested in helping with the ground of the local cricket team. Then, through the school holidays, I had a chance to work at Headingley, working alongside Keith Boyce, the Head Groundsman. Eventually I started working under Keith full time and worked my way through the ranks. However changes in cricket meant a change was required and I ended up spending three years as Head Groundsman at Bradford City. I then set up on my own business and won the contract to maintain the Yorkshire County Cricket training ground at Bradford PA before moving into what I do now.

What drives you?

That's very simple – devising new products.

What's your greatest success story?

Like a lot of people no doubt over the past few years – SURVIVING!!! There are a few others though: designing covers that everyone else has now copied, having around eight different aspects to the business and bringing them all together to coexist with each other, selling products all around the world, and working in India at the HPCA Stadium.

What's the most important lesson you've learnt while building your business?

  • Believe in what you are doing. 
  • Have the confidence to follow your convictions through but still take advice along the way. 
  • Listen, and research well.
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