Martin Murkett (1978 – 1980)

Alumnus, Martin Murkett

Martin Murkett is the proprietor of Tick Solutions, a premier supplier of office furniture and workspace equipment and facilities, and has recently been awarded “Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year.”

Martin attended Denes from 1978-1980, having previously attended Roman Hill infants and middle schools. Whilst a student at our school, Martin was allowed to attend sixth form on a day-release basis in order to study Economics at O-Level. Martin regrets that two-thirds of the way through this course, he lost interest and dropped out. He recalled that he was taught by Chris Seviour, also known as “Capt Cuthbert” who he described as a lovely guy.

Martin also recalls his Geography teacher, Mr Gardiner, who he describes as being very dedicated in his subject and a very clever man. We asked Martin what had the most impact on him during his school days here. He told us he has wonderful memories of being in the school production of Joseph in which he played the drums. It was a huge success, and Paul Hobbs (now a partner of the Ferini Gallery in Lowestoft) came into the school and recorded it on a 12” vinyl. Martin still has a copy.

Martin was heavily into live music – music was indeed his favourite lesson. He has fond memories of live music nights with other students and staff such as Geoff Lake (a geography teacher), Bruce Wayman (Head of PE) and Mr Newall (French teacher).
As well as the school band, Martin played for others outside of school. He played with one called “The Stretch Receptors.” Martin even considered becoming a professional musician.

Having investigated becoming a fireman, Martin was disappointed that he wasn’t able to become a cadet until the age of 18, so he moved into the world of work.

After leaving school, he became a trainee butcher when he “worked with a real Eastender!” He recalled how he used to deliver meat to the Mincarlo trawler (now the last surviving sidewinder fishing trawler of the Lowestoft fishing fleet, also the last surviving fishing vessel built in Lowestoft). Martin referred to his experiences there as being “The university of life!”

Next, Martin began a clerical job with the DHSS where he worked for four years. He decided to move on as this just wasn’t for him, and he began working for Jarrolds as an invoicing order clerk. In 1985 Martin became a sales rep when he felt he had found his vocation in sales. His market was primarily stationery supplies but he moved into office furniture following a contract he won to furnish Gt Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court. It was then that he identified the need for a dedicated office furniture supplier.

Aged 45, Martin made the decision to go it alone. In order to pursue this, he attended a business start-up course and Tick was born in 2010. Carters gave him his very first order and his business grew to include a customer base consisting of schools and colleges, local authorities and private companies; his prime area being East Anglia from King’s Lynn to Ipswich, Colchester, Cambridge, Norwich and Thetford.

Martin believes in impeccable customer service and this is illustrated throughout his dealings.

When we asked Martin if he had a message for our students, he said: “Make the most of every day. School is just the beginning. You need to make an effort at school to be able to go forward and be successful. I’ve got where I am today through hard work.” Martin added: “Be honest and show integrity.”

Recently, Martin was very honoured to be awarded Business Person of the Year 2015 by Lowestoft & Waveney Chamber of Commerce, having been nominated by Hugh J Boswell and Phil Marler following the refurbishment of Boswell’s reception area. Martin thanked his team for their support in winning this accolade. The award ceremony was held at Ivy House Country Hotel and was attended by his team and family. We asked him how he felt, when his award was announced. He told us he went completely blank for a moment. But his thoughts went to his father who passed away in 2010; Martin would have liked him to be able to share in this moment. However, when Martin moved his business to new premises during February, he named the building Gordon Francis House, in memory of his father and his wife’s father.

Tick Solutions are also pleased to supply Ormiston Denes Academy.

See also

Tick Solutions website

March 2016

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