Joshua Nicholls was born in Sydney in 1979 and raised by his parents to value hard work, save money and be appreciative. Josh attended a local high school and had to work extremely hard with the aid of a tutor to pass his subjects. Even at 14 years of age, he understood the power of delegation; he realised that if he was nice enough to the girls he wouldn’t have to do his school work, because they would do it for him.
At the age of 15, Josh left school after completing his Higher School Certificate and began his electrical apprenticeship. After completing his apprenticeship and spending a further three years as a qualified tradesman with the same company, Josh decided to venture out and start his own business.
In December 2001, when he was 22 years of age, Josh formed Platinum Electricians and started as every other ‘man in a van’ business does. He worked in the field during the day and completed paperwork at night on his bedroom floor in his parents’ house. Long days and long nights made for a tiring 90-hour working week.
From its humble beginnings, Platinum Electricians has now grown to have 30 employees and has witnessed much success. Platinum Electricians has been a finalist and a winner in many small business awards with the biggest achievement in 2005 when it was named the Australia Post NSW & ACT Small Business of the Year. Platinum Electricians was also named the 36th fastest growing start up company in Australia in 2006. In 2007, Josh launched the franchising of Platinum Electricians with plans to have 50 franchises within five years.
Josh lives in Sydney with his wife and is actively involved in a dynamic and contemporary Christian church. He enjoys balancing work with play by surfing and playing golf.