This is the story of how Deckbuilders, established in 2003, became a highly capable decking company. It starts with Jason Wakley - a man who was destined for a successful career as a racing jockey, enthusiastically following the family tradition. So how did he end up owning and running a busy decking design and installation company in Worcestershire?
From racing blood
Jason's future appeared to be clearly mapped out when he left school at 16. With a passion for horses, Jason's father was a jockey and his mother a successful amateur jockey. Indeed, Jason's brother was a professional jockey. It was clearly in the blood.
Taking his first job in a point to point racing yard in Cornwall at 16, it was not long before Jason got the opportunity to work for David Nicholson - the top race horse trainer at the time - moving to the Cotswolds to become Pupil Assistant Trainer. In this role, Jason could continue his development as an amateur jockey whilst also carrying out much training and breaking in of new race horses. It seemed the perfect progression, until injury changed everything.
During one of Jason's many visits to hospital with a challenging knee injury, he saw his future. Watching some landscaping underway on the hospital site, he felt that this was something he could turn his hand to well and from that moment, Jason decided to set up a company called Unique Landscapes.
Success soon arrived, and the business blossomed, spurred on by winning notable awards such as Show Garden of the Year 2000 at the Royal Welsh Show and many RHS awards at the Malvern Spring Show.