Paul was born in the UK and attended school, college, and finally graduated from Polytechnic with an HND in Art Direction and Advertising. After being compelled to move to London in search of a work placement because that was where the agencies were based, he soon realized that “The Smog” was not where he wanted to spend the rest of his life!
So, at the age of 20, after years of education, he left the UK. After working in various non-advertising-related jobs in the Canary Islands, he eventually ended up in Greece, where he established himself as a signwriter and developed a passion for sailing. This passion for sailing would become a lifelong pursuit as Paul accumulated numerous sea miles, cruising, racing, and delivering yachts as a freelance skipper. It seemed like sailing the seven seas would be his life, but he felt a desire for something more fulfilling.
He chose to enter the world of direct marketing and publishing, as it aligned with his skill set and accommodated his nomadic lifestyle. Paul generated ideas and outsourced the work, managing everything from his laptop while enjoying Sangria in Spain or Rum Punch in the Caribbean.
His first venture into publishing was in 1999 with a series of wholesale-related directories known as Sourcebook, which provided comprehensive trade sources worldwide. During this time, he also developed other websites that sharpened his internet marketing skills, skills that have contributed to the success of the GAUK Network in today’s increasingly competitive landscape.
Paul possesses a natural talent for copywriting and design, and over the years, he has helped create highly active websites for his own portfolio and clients.
“Government Auctions UK” initially began as an experiment. It was available for purchase as a printed document or downloadable ebook. Due to the limitations of the web at the time, it was a fairly basic platform that served as a starting point, providing access to the seemingly secretive world of government and police auctions. Although lacking sophisticated features, it contained all the necessary information for tracking down “No Reserve” auctions.
The book sold well and proved to be a great success over the next couple of years. The Government Auctions UK website took on a life of its own, organically growing through search engine exposure and word of mouth. However, it became evident that visitors desired a more comprehensive product than a mere directory of auction houses. As the web became more advanced, GAUK programmers began developing a system to enhance the delivery of auction information.
This demand drove the development of the site towards a much more comprehensive platform. What you see today is the culmination of years of research and development.
Recently, Government Auctions UK was rebranded as “GAUK,” which aligns more comfortably with the broader network. To “gauk it” simply means to find it cheaper using their services. The brand is now experiencing rapid growth and expansion, limited only by the constraints of programming.
After spending several years primarily based in Cyprus, Paul now resides with his family in New Zealand on their 150-acre eco-farm. He is building a strong team to manage the growth and expansion of the GAUK brand worldwide.