Employee Stories

David Bailey

Welder // Factory shop floor team, Stage 5

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What is your role at Tiger and what do you like?

I’m now a welder at Tiger, which I greatly enjoy as I can really get on with the job in hand, but I actually started as a coachbuilder, working at Tiger’s first factory when the company was originally set up. I have the lowest employee number, 68, and I’m proud to be at Tiger. I like the people here, feel I have a good relationship with everyone including bosses, and like that John and Steven always say hello when on the factory floor.

Tell us about your background…

I started as an apprentice coachbuilder at Boalloy, which I did for 10 years. Then I went on to Saxon Sanbec and worked on fire engines and snorkels for 12 years. My career then led me back to Boalloy as a supervisor, before joining Stobart, and then Cartwright, followed by Tiger.

What are your main life achievements?

My kids, definitely, I also share a birthday with my son which is great. I am also very proud of never having had a day off sick from Tiger in 8 years here.

What do you like doing outside work?

I like music a lot and really enjoy going to gigs and concerts – bands like Nirvana, U2, and REM. I went to see Nirvana in Paris just before Kurt Cobain’s death. I was a Cheshire champion table tennis player and I also boxed for Congleton.

Tell us an interesting fact or story about you…

I was once on holiday in Bournmouth at a hotel where they were filming and we were asked if we could be filmed. We were, including at our house where they filmed us too. They wanted to do more filming at a certain time but I had to get back North for my interview at Tiger, so I said no. I could have been a film star!