UK: Private enterprise - Mayking Music.

UK: Private enterprise - Mayking Music. - One minute you can be at the top, the next you have hit the bottom. Mayking Records has experienced both in the fast-moving, action-packed audio and video zones of the entertainment industry.

by Geoffrey Foster.

One minute you can be at the top, the next you have hit the bottom. Mayking Records has experienced both in the fast-moving, action-packed audio and video zones of the entertainment industry.

Why should you want to start a business, especially one which manufactures things? You can probably look forward to spending the rest of your days pushing a heavy cart up a steep slope strewn with boulders. That's if you're lucky. And you stop pushing at your peril. But suppose you're exceptionally lucky. You might even - given an abrupt change of metaphor - be borne along on the crest of a wave. Suppose that you're in a rapidly developing industry and, quite soon after you take the plunge, the whole sector surges forward. Suddenly you're surfing. Everybody's expanding, and investing, at an incredible rate. It's turmoil. Various rivals are taken over, but not you because you own your company. You scarcely have time to worry, you're concentrating too hard on keeping going and staying upright. It's exhilarating, like nothing else. It's good spectator sport too, watching one competitor flying along the face of a comber while another gets himself "dumped" - as they say on Bondi Beach.

Brian Bonnar has been surfing for most of the past dozen years. To be more precise - and prosaic - he has been pressing gramophone records and duplicating tapes, both audio and video (and filling much the same role in relation to the distributors as a printer does vis-a-vis a publishing house). This, too, is a young man's game, being fast-moving and action-packed. And as anyone with just one eye and half an ear knows only too well, the audio and video parts of the entertainment industry have exploded during the past dozen years.

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