Peter Bonham Christie is a British businessman and entrepreneur who, by the age of 31, overcame severe dyslexia to build and sell his first company, Isis Office Hydration Ltd, for over £1m. From there he founded Straight Eight Logistics – a company specialising in Classic and Race Car transportation by Land, Sea and Air. Peter now also runs Straight Eight Engineering – a leading marquee washing machine manufacturing company.
His First Company
Born in Bath in 1981 to Richard and Shelia, Peter’s dyslexia was soon recognised. With this in mind, his parents sent him to All Hallows Prep School followed by Millfield, in Somerset. Here their renowned dyslexia departments and strong sports teams allowed Peter to channel his energies.
Peter found university unchallenging and pulled out of a business degree to start up Isis Office Hydration Ltd. utilising a water source found at the family property in Dorset. The company, established in 2002 with £20,000, achieved a regular turnover of around £1.2m with depots in Poole and London before Peter sold to a nationwide market leader in water coolers 10 years later.
Marquee Washing Machine Engineering
During this time, Peter also demonstrated his natural flare for engineering, designing a Marquee Washing Machine. Peter’s Father Richard, owned a marquee company and every holiday Peter’s job was to clean the marquees by hand.
This was neither efficient or enjoyable so Peter & Richard set about designing the first Marquee Washing Machine. Although it worked, many lessons were learnt along the way and it was decided another improved machine would be made. This machine represents what is now the industry benchmark. Peter has gone on to manufacture and sell these machines all over the world on a global scale.
“At Straight Eight Engineering, we have the best marquee washing machines on the market, because we not only act upon feedback from our customers but we are constantly developing methods to improve upon the cleaning process” says Peter Bonham Christie.
Striving for excellence is ingrained in the company’s DNA and resonates throughout its staff. Peter provides the inspiration and the motivational tools to enable every member to be the best they can be. The resulting unparalleled quality and service has rapidly established Straight Eight Engineering as one of the market leaders in marquee washing machines.
Far from being defined by dyslexia, Peter believes that it can actually be of benefit. As a teenager he recalls negotiating to buy a bike and having to drive the price down in order to be able to write the cheque in words he knew he could spell! He may still struggle to spell, but Peter instead excels at seeing solutions and opportunities where others cannot.
Straight Eight Engineering offers free advice and help if you are looking to buy a marquee washing machine. Please get in touch today
Or call Peter on