HE’S conquered Snowdon in the dark and is a top man at DP Skip Hire Ltd, Stoke-on-Trent. Meet our Skip Hunk, Jon Price.
Well howdy… tell us who you are.
I’m Jon Price, I’m 30-years-old and I work as Director of Business Operations for DP Skip Hire Ltd which is in Stoke-on-Trent.
A director, no less! We are impressed. Tell us more.
My parents set up the company around 28 years ago and I’ve been here for over 10 years. I’m basically involved in everything: accounts, payroll, purchasing, employment, advertising and sometimes I cover on transport. I am currently studying to pass my high-level Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board qualification.
No stopping you by the sounds of it! What do you like about the job?
I love working at DP Skip Hire Ltd as it is my family business, always striving for new ways to innovate to push the business in new directions. Plus, I like being my own boss.
Is there anything you don’t love about the job?
The stress and dealing with difficult customers.
Thought so! Bet it’s good to leave it behind and relax – what do you do when you’re not working?
I love to go to the gym, spend time with family and friends, watch and play football, go on walks and have dinner out.
Cast your mind back to pre-lockdown, when we could actually do things – what’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I did a bungee jump, I did the ice bucket challenge which involved a 16-yard skip full of water, and last year I conquered Snowdon in the dark, rain and fog – the idea was to see the sun rise but I could barely see two metres in front of me!
Maybe best to just stay at home after all. How about a romantic night out – where to and who with?
I would say a barbeque on the beach with Megan Fox or Michelle Keegan.
We’ll just give them a call and see who’s free. First though, what superhero power would you like to have?
Teleportation, so I could be anywhere in the world in an instant.
Save us the cost of a phone call to Megan and Michelle – you can just nip over any time you want! What’s your theme tune?
It’s got to be Eye of the Tiger. It was my grandad’s ring tone for years and always made me laugh when his phone rang in a public place.
Tell us a fascinating fact about yourself.
I had an aneurysm, which is a bleed on the brain, when I was 21. Four years later, it left me with epilepsy. My epilepsy is well-controlled but it left me office-bound and I haven’t driven an HGV since.
Aw Jon, that’s lousy. We all hope you keep well. Let’s hear the three little words that sum you up best.
Spontaneous, positive and loving.
Reckon you’re due a break – where on earth can we send you for a holiday?
I’ve been to some amazing places including Lapland and Koh Samui. But next on the bucket list has got to be Bali.
If you could have anyone around to dinner, who would it be?
It’s got to be my grandad. He passed away eight years ago. We did everything together when I was growing up, we had so much in common. I will always remember waking up every Saturday morning to WWE – he was sport mad!
Sounds like a real legend. Any other heroes?
David Beckham: I’ve idolised him since I was four years old and he is the reason why I support Manchester United.
He’s a global superstar now – have you ever met anyone famous?
Eddie Hall, who was the World’s Strongest Man 2017, trains at my gym in Stoke. Darts players Adrian Lewis and Andy Hamilton, and boxer Chris Eubank.
Eddie sure gets around! Finally, make us laugh.
A guy walks into a pub and asks for 10 shots. The barmaid lines them up and the guy takes the first shot in the row and pours it on the floor. He then takes the last shot in the row and does the same. The barmaid asks: “Why did you do that?” The guy replies: “Well, the first shot always tastes like c**p, and the last one always makes me sick!”
We’ll remember that one for the next time we’re in the pub – whenever that may be! All that’s left is to thank you for being an excellent Skip Hunk.
Family-run DP Skip Hire is based in Stoke-on-Trent. www.staffordshireskiphire.com