AGENT Q&A with Michael Sikorski, Manager, Slide Deco Wardrobe Solutions
“Start sooner and be bold”: Michael Sikorski is the Limerick showroom manager at Slide Deco Wardrobe Solutions, one of the most successful bespoke furniture companies in Ireland. Michael spoke to AGENT about his business story to date, his inspirations and motivations.
Slide Deco Wardrobe Solutions is one of Ireland’s most successful bespoke furniture operations, with warehouses and showrooms in Limerick and Cork, and a vibrant client base throughout Munster and further afield. Michael Sikorski is the Slide Deco manager in Limerick, where his skills in time management and unstinting attention to detail in customer service have helped to cement the firm’s reputation and to grow the business.
“People often underestimate their capabilities. My advice would be to start sooner and to be bold.”
Slide Deco CEO, Slawomir Sikorski, who started the company in 2007, has chosen the most highly skilled people for every aspect of the business, and has grown it into the leading provider of wardrobe solutions in the Munster region.
As manager in Limerick, Michael Sikorski works to ensure that the Slide Deco model—working in partnership with clients to supply and custom-build high quality furniture for individual requirements at competitive prices—is adhered to at all times.
Michael Sikorski presides over an operation where all efforts are made to accommodate the client’s choice and wishes. Slide Deco’s interior design products are available in more than 60 colours, with door styles available in an array of materials, including frosted glass, melamine panels, mirrors, lacobels and photolia.
The company’s expert designers can present storage solutions for even the most award spaces, including under-stairs spaces and attic conversions.
The designers use software to create a 3D rendering of the project, which means that customers have a full understanding of the appearance of their build, and of any budget implications if changes are made. The product will be installed in your home within four to five weeks of placing an order.
12 Questions for Michael Sikorski, Slide Deco
Michael Sikorski freed some time from his busy Slide Deco schedule to talk to AGENT about his work with the company, his challenges and inspirations, and shares importance advice about life in business for young entrepreneurs who are starting out today.
1. Briefly tell us about your business and your business goals.
Slide Deco provides customers with made to measure sliding wardrobes. The service includes measuring, designing and installing the sliding wardrobes, walk-in wardrobes, and much more. One of our priority goals is to ensure that rural based customers and clients in distant locations have greater access to our services.
2. What age were you when you realised you wanted to run your own business?
I think I was around 16, but I wasn’t sure at that point what the business was going to be.
3. Who are your business icons and inspirations?
Henry Ford. He was a revolutionary, in that created new demands on the market rather than following trends.
4. What has been your biggest challenge in business, and how did you surmount it?
The biggest challenge has been to make a strategic plan for the long term and adjust our short term actions to follow that plan. With input from all the employees in our daily work, each day we are getting closer to our long term goal.
5. What gives you the most satisfaction in business?
I take satisfaction from many aspects of running the business, such as the freedom of making decisions, and the opportunities to learn and grow. But get most satisfaction from the constantly changing and stimulating business environment.
6. Work-Life balance: is it possible? How do you achieve it?
I have heard of it, and I like to think that I have achieved it. However, in life you need to prioritise and be flexible. Be organised: it helps… at times.
7. What is the first thing you do every day?
I look for a cup of coffee.
8. How are the new technologies influencing your business?
It has become easier and more effective to run business and sales from your phone, and it offers instant access to customers, emails, files, notes, pictures and more. Mobile friendly websites, online sale, virtual reality… this is only the beginning of changing the industry. We are trying to follow, but there is always the risk that we won’t be able to catch up. However, that makes it even more interesting!
9. What is the most important app on your mobile phone, and why?
E-mail access and the Picture Viewer. I can use this to access customer’s projects or show them what we do.
10. What is the last thing you Googled?
Henry Ford quotes.
11. What item do you never leave the house without, and why?
That is too obvious!
12. What advice would you give to your younger self starting out in business?
People often underestimate their capabilities and what they can achieve. So my advice would be to start sooner and to be bold.