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An interview with Ian McLeod

Konect March 2015

When Ian McLeod turns up to quote for your new windows, doors or home extension project, his name may ring a bell with you if you know anything about Scottish boxing.

And yes, sure enough, the Ian McLeod now running Weathertight is the former professional boxing legend who was British No 1 in the eighties.

Ian grew up in Livingston, and only discovered his boxing talent by accident; he walked in on a boxing match in Craigshill one day, along with some friends, and ended up doing some sparring for fun; the champion boxer he was up against couldn't believe Ian had had no previous training – he was a natural. He took the sport up with enthusiasm and by the age of 16 became the youngest ever Scottish boxer competing at an international level - a record that still stands.

So how do you get from being a professional boxer to running a home improvements business?

Ian McCleod boxing

It turns out that Ian served a carpentry apprenticeship as a young man - “although at that stage I wasn't interested in it, I just wanted it over and done with as quickly as possible so I could get back to fighting” he says. It's just as well someone made him go through with the apprenticeship though, as it meant he had another skill to fall back on when he left boxing.

“I started off in sales, selling sheet materials,” he says, (and I reckon Ian is as much a born talker as he is a born fighter) “and moved on to set up a security company with my brother which we ran for many years.” He sold out around seven years ago and has been back in the home improvements business since. After working for a couple of other companies, he set up Weathertight, along with George Graham, and a team of fitters. He located a suitable site at Standhill Industrial Estate and set about building the showroom himself. Weathertight opened their doors for business in August last year.

So what's different about Weathertight? It's a competitive market with a lot of businesses serving the local area, how does Ian think he can make a difference? “It's about having proper values. You don't pay until you are happy with the work we have done, and so far we've not had a single unhappy customer. We have a premises here in Bathgate with a showroom that you can visit, so you know who we are and where to find us. You'll be dealing with either George or myself, so you know where you stand. We come to your house, measure up and give you a quote, it is a simple as that. There is no hard sell where you can't get us out of your kitchen until you have signed up, or any nonsense like that.” Besides doors and windows, Weathertight sell UPVC roofline, A rated boilers, sliding wardrobe doors and larger projects such as sun lounges and garage conversions. They also supply made to measure blinds - the finishing touches for your project.

Ian has maintained his interest in boxing, participating in various charity fights, and taking part in the Commonwealth Games last year. He is planning to open a boxing gym in Livingston in the near future. It sounds intriguing but I couldn't get the details out of him as the project is still under wraps, but his motivation is clear – to help local young people the way he was helped through boxing. “Boxing was my life from the day I walked into that ring in Craigshill until I retired at 30.” He wants to provide professional coaching using his network of contacts in the boxing profession, and pass on his skills. “Who knows, I may have been on the streets without that outlet. Maybe now I can help other young people.”

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Ian McLeod at Weathertight Showroom