Dave started work for ICI Chemicals and Polymers and worked on PVC and engineering polymers, qualifying as a polymer chemist.

He also worked for Zeneca Pharmaceuticals on bulk drug manufacturing including beta blockers and antipsychotic drugs.

This work took him all over the UK and to the US.

He joined VEKA in November 1994 as manufacturing manager, moved up to operations director then became MD in 2008.

In 2011 the firm acquired one of its larger competitors to create a combined business of £80m.

Since then it has continued to integrate, innovate and further drive business improvements.

The Manchester United fan used to live next door but one to George Best when growing up.