When I first met Jordan, it was before Dragons Den, and I had no idea what he did, I had never heard of GripIt and to be honest when he explained what it was I thought he was a plasterer. Me and Jordan have been together just over 3 years and lived with each other for two of them, when we brought our first house we were so excited to get in, start decorating and start our life together that I didn’t really think about the fact that we would actually be with each other all the time. We had been on a few holidays together and I had stayed over a lot when he lived in a rented apartment so we already spent a lot of time together.
Since GripIt has expanded so has Jordan’s stress levels and the amount of work he has to do! I know he loves his work very much, it means everything to him and his Grandad to see how far GripIt has come in a short amount of time but it hasn’t all been plain sailing.
At home, when Jordan has had a bad day at work maybe because there could be a problem that he can’t solve that day he brings that stress home, he won’t always tell me what the problem is straight away but he is unusually quiet, I can tell something I bugging him and I know it’s because he’s thinking to himself of ways that he could fix that problem, he’s brain is always working overtime and will never stop! Just before we go to bed he’ll usually tell me why he has been ‘off’ that day and will explain the problem that he has, sometimes it’s something really small and we’ll laugh it off saying ‘have you really been in a mood because of that?’ other times it’s something bigger and he’ll get out the laptop until stupid times at night trying to fix it.
Lots of friends and family ask ‘does he ever switch off?’ The answer to that is no. He cares a lot about his work and the staff at GripIt so he will always answer calls if any of the staff have a problem, if there working late or over the weekend and he’ll always be on his phone either on emails or the social media, he tried to have a work phone and a social phone once but it never worked he always used the work one so there was no point in him having both. I find this the most annoying part of living with an entrepreneur! Sometimes it is like talking to a brick wall- it can drive me mad! If were at dinner or out for the day I make a point of putting my phone away and hope he does the same. On holidays, he does try his hardest to stay away from the emails but I know when I’m getting ready he’ll have a sneaky look or he’ll go inside when I’m enjoying the sun!
Going along to some of the events with him can also be a bit of a bore, I try my hardest to support him but I’m defiantly not a business women and quite embarrassingly I don’t always understand what they’re talking about, I zone in and out of conversations and just nod along a lot of the time, it’s not that I’m trying to be rude it’s just that I don’t understand! I feel so bad when I can’t answer the questions, I have picked up on a few things since being with Jordan but quite honestly I don’t have the same interests as
the people he mingles with, we’ll always laugh about it at the end of the night and he’ll say ‘you didn’t have a clue what we were talking about did you?’
It’s not all as awful as I’m making it out to be, Jordan is so caring and is a problem solver so if I’m having a bad day he will try to solve it at that moment and will come up with all kinds of suggestions to make me feel better. I love to see how much he cares about the staff at GripIt, he loves to see everyone he works with be so passionate about their job and if they give 100% into their work he will help them out and make their work life as fun and help as he possibly can. Some days he will come home and just feel so happy and pleased for the amount some staff have improved since they have been there and how much their confidence has grown. He will have a real buzz when he gets home if it’s been a good day. With his job, there seems to be really good highs or really bad lows, there doesn’t seem to be an in-between.
With the work he does we are fortunate enough to be able to go on holidays and to do things that not many couples our age can do together, we have both always wanted to go to the Maldives and we were lucky enough to be able to go in May 2016, we had the best time and they are memories we will never forget! Its fair to say that he does spoil me a fair bit, especially on my birthday and Christmas. I have made him take back a handbag once as I just couldn’t justify him spending that much on me for one bag .
All in all, I wouldn’t change what Jordan does at all yes at times it can be stressful and irritating but I love seeing that he’s making something for himself especially at such a young age, he has achieved so much and I couldn’t be prouder!
Written by Laura Potter