Meet the MD: Jim Nicholson of Pochin's Ltd

Meet the MD: Jim Nicholson of Pochin's Ltd

When he's not dreaming of being a pro golfer, Jim Nicholson is running a successful construction and property development group founded by his grandfather in the 1930s. Here he tells BQ more about continuing his family legacy.

What is it the company does?

We are one of the North West's leading construction and property development groups, responsible for some of the region’s most recognisable buildings. Delivering new and exciting projects for over 80 years, our portfolio takes in a wide range of sectors, from large commercial and industrial builds through to smaller residential and leisure projects.


Describe your role in no more than 100 words

My grandfather founded Pochin’s as a small Manchester joinery in the 1930s so I see myself as a custodian, alongside my brother Bob, ensuring the family business continues to thrive in a modern landscape. I feel it’s my personal responsibility to continue his legacy and inspire a culture within the business that follows the great standards he set in terms of quality and relationships.


What do you believe makes a great leader?

Leaders have to see the bigger picture and be thinking several steps ahead. If you can do that, and then communicate with and inspire your colleagues, then you have the foundations to deliver on your vision. A good leader should also be an example to others by living and breathing the company’s culture.


How do you alleviate the stress that comes with your job?

I’m a big believer in leaving work at work where possible. Pochin’s has always been a family-run organisation so I hold my wife and children very close to me – and I’m not averse to enjoying a beer when I get the chance.


When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A professional golfer! As anyone who has been to our annual charity golf day will testify, I had to change my mind quite quickly.


Any pet hates in the workplace? What do you do about then?

‘Ongoing’ – what does that mean?  Banned. 


Where do you see the company in five years time?

I’d hope we’ll continue to be the regional contractor and developer of choice thanks to our ability to add value to our clients’ projects. We’re already stronger for the recent corporate change and it’s my intention to build on that good start and continue to enhance the working culture for our staff.


What advice would you give to an aspiring business leader?

Make sure your colleagues have access to you and see you as someone they can talk to. If you can employ those with more brains than yourself as well then you’re on to a winner.