By Tristan Harris Friday 18 October 2013 Updated: 18/10 12:47
TRIBUTES have been paid to the man behind Littleheath Garden Centre, Barry Hall, who passed away at the age of 68.
Barry and his wife Julia took the chance to run the aquatics franchise at Littleheath in 1981 and the pair bought the whole business in 1988.
Since then the Lickey End centre has gone from strength to strength.
Because of his achievements Barry, who would have been 69 on Wednesday (October 16), became a very well-known and very well-respected figure in Lickey End and the surrounding communities.
Barry was born in Birmingham at the end of the war during very tough times, which included rationing and bomb damage, to contend with.
He showed his entreprenerurial spirit from a very young age, earning cash from barrowing coal and he started work as an apprentice mechanic when he left school at 14.
Before taking over at Littleheath, Barry joined a landscape company in the 1970s and, having previously studied A-level maths at evening classes and even taking elocution lessons, he went on to become the firm’s contracts manager.
Barry was well-known for leading with quiet words and example which, in turn, led to loyalty from staff and customers.
His wife Julia said he understood business, people and the ethos that success came from hard work. He had a determination to succeed, whilst helping and supporting those around him who were also prepared to make the effort.
He was described as being a ‘big man with a big heart who had genuine care and concern for everyone around them’.
“I would like to thank all of our loyal customers and dedicated staff for their kindness and support.
“All of us here at Littleheath look forward to building on Barry’s legacy and I welcome the challenge of continuing to grow the business and getting to know more of our customers,” added Julia.
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