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Gloucestershire plumbing boss leads way in male dominated industry

By BHawes  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

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Tracey Sprason

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Mother-of-two Tracey Sprason is celebrating 10 years of being the only woman licence holder in a male-dominated plumbing business franchise.

Tracey, 41, from Cambridge, near Dursley is the sole female to have a licence in the Dyno plumbing franchise which is part of British Gas, with more than 700 engineers across the UK and Ireland.

She started out by attending catering college with aspirations to work in hospitality gaining a BTEC qualification.

Then she made a swift career change by selling nuts and bolts to engineering firms.

 Tracey moved on to sell cars into the fleet market for Ford, Mitsubishi and Toyota, before giving up working for other people in 2001 to have her daughter Charlotte.

Enterprising Tracey then set up a childcare service.

It was in January 2004, after given birth to her son Marcus, that Tracey got the plumbing bug and became a Dyno franchise holder.

 She began her plumbing business, GBBS Ltd, from her bedroom. Now she has a fleet of 15 vans and 15 engineers working across Bristol, Gloucester, Bath and Swindon – an accomplishment she is very proud of.

 She has continued to expand her business area purchasing the Gloucester area from FF Services in 2007. By 2012 GBBS Ltd engineers had added Swindon to their service area.

Tracey said: "I'm proud to be flying the flag for women in this typically male dominated franchise business.

"It's a great industry to be in and you have to have a good sense of humour. But there's of course a serious side and we help hundreds of people every week.

 "I manage the business full time around our two children, three cats and two ponies – and I'm proud to be a busy working mum who runs a thriving company.

"From starting in my bedroom with two vans, to servicing customers from Swindon to Bristol, we have continued to expand rapidly.

 "My son and daughter have both grown up around Dyno-Rod and still enjoy spotting our vans on the road.

"I can't wait to see what the next 10 years has in store for us – who knows; maybe my daughter will take over the reins one day."

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