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‘When you walk out of Cardiff Central station, everything you see in front of you we’ve done’ The council house kid who made an £85m company from £250 in his bank account

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‘When you walk out of Cardiff Central station, everything you see in front of you we’ve done’ The council house kid who made an £85m company from £250 in his bank account

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One of Cardiff’s most successful businessmen, who started his own multi-million pound company with just £250 in the bank, has one motto: “It’s better to make a bad decision, than no decision at all.” Does that mean Steve Borley has ever regretted a decision he’s made? “No,” he said. “No regrets, you’ve got to keep looking forward.” It sounds like another motto.

We’re sitting in the newly-opened community café at Llanrumney Hall – which Steve took on in 2015. But he never planned to become the saviour of the former crumbling Grade II listed building. Nor did he ever plan on becoming a director of Cardiff City Football Club or the club chairman. There was no plan: “My plan was to have no plan,” he said. It’s how he’s approached nearly everything in life.

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He’s only half-joking, although he does later admit that he always planned on owning his own business. But even Steve could never have dreamed of heading up a business- CMB Engineering – which would go on to turnover £85m every year and employ 150 people across five offices.

It’s not bad for a lad brought up in a council house in Llanrumney just a stone’s throwaway from the exact spot we’re sitting and who left school at 16 to start an engineering apprenticeship. It wasn’t that he wasn’t academically able that stopped him doing A-Levels, it was just that he wanted to work. It’s a common theme in Steve’s life – a passion and drive to…

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