Matthew Ingle left school in 1971 with four O levels. He went to work at a timber yard in Huddersfield. When he was made redundant in 1994, he had an idea for a business, but no products, premises or backers. Howdens was founded in 1995, and today is a FTSE 100 company with 10,000 staff. Matthew tells us the story of how he got there: the highs and lows, the disasters turned to triumphs, the unsung heroes and the grafters, and outlines the no-nonsense business principles that guided him along the way.