After 14 years in Lloyds Insurance in the City of London, Stephen joined Hicks Brothers (Produce) Ltd in 1989, a small brokerage company trading in Shellac, Waxes, Gums and Resins. This led to a merger with A.F. Suter & Co. Ltd in 1997, before a full takeover of the company in 2000. Stephen became Managing Director in 1997 and is the current President of The European Shellac Association (TESA). "With over three decades of experience in the business, I enjoy the daily challenge of dealing with suppliers to bring the right product to our customers. Shellac is no longer a commodity, but rather a specialist item, highly versatile and unique, with new applications still being discovered".