'Have faith in yourself and work hard to a worthy goal'
Q&A: Dr Peter FitzGerald
Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?
A: Starting a business is difficult. There will be times when you think it is not possible, but just keep going; there will be light at the end of the tunnel.
Q: What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?
A: Keep youthful curiosity, because the world is so exciting and fast changing and you can make a big difference. Have faith in yourself and work hard to a worthy goal - anything is possible.
Q: What was your best business decision?
A: Marrying my wife, Nuailin.
Q: What was your last holiday?
A: The East Coast of America.
Q: If you weren't doing this job, what would be your other career?
A: Medical researcher.
Q: Do you enjoy playing any sports?
A: I am a keen polo player. Randox hosts an International Polo Tournament every year in Errol, Perthshire. Our customers from all over the world attend the event, enjoying educational seminars, polo matches and networking. The weekend of celebration ends with a Highland ball and some traditional Scottish dancing. This year we hosted a second tournament in Bushmills, which was a great success.
Q: How would you describe your early life?
A: I had a very good upbringing. I had great parents and had a very happy childhood. I used to help my parents with the hens and pigs we had in a few acres on the Randox Road.
Q: Have you any economic predictions?
A: Predictions are always very difficult. My main advice is that in business you have to optimise the opportunities and minimise the risks. This would be sound advice regarding Brexit and any other circumstances that prevail.
Q: How would you assess your time in business with your company Randox?
A: One of relentless progress, continuously seeking to push the boundaries to improve healthcare through innovation in diagnostics.
Q: How do you sum up working in the medical devices sector?
A: This is a key part of the knowledge economy. A challenging, exciting environment, but one of high ethical value - with the opportunity to both save lives and improve the quality of life for many, many people.