'I'm energised by what I do every single day'
Q&A: Lawrence Kenwright
Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?
A: The first managing director I ever worked for pulled me to one side when I was 17 and told me that whatever I had to do in life, always do it to the best of my capability, and I have always used that as my guide to life. I am totally passionate and energised by what I do, every single day.
Q: What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?
A: Always seek advice from people who have done it before.
Q: What was your best business decision?
A: To jump right back into the arena that had made me go broke, armed and galvanised by the process and with the knowledge and drive needed to ensure a successful career in hotel development.
Q: If you weren't doing this job, what would your career be?
A: Social platforms and content writing is an area that I find extremely interesting. I really love seeing how to get your product/content through to prospective guests.
Q: What was your last holiday, and where to next?
A: Cyprus, with my wife Katie and our 18-month-old twins. We had our own pool and I spent the entire time playing with the twins for hours a day. It was fantastic family time. Our next holiday is in August, in Spain for Katie's 40th.
Q: What are your hobbies/interests?
A: I love to play tennis and table tennis. I'm a tennis coach and I also played high-level table tennis for over 25 years.
Q: If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?
A: My Life and Work by Henry Ford. Now there was a guy who lost it all many times but he came back stronger to build one of the largest companies in the world.
Q: How would you describe your early life?
A: Traumatic. I had no qualifications, having left school at just 15. I suddenly realised that in order to get on I had to work harder than anyone else, which I did, but looking back I certainly chose the harder route. My background has left me socially aware of other people who are starting out on their journey at a disadvantage - I will be looking to help kids with no qualifications learn skills in the hotel business as well as understand the importance of working in paid employment.
Q: Have you any economic predictions?
A: The UK will go from strength to strength. As a country we are held in such high esteem and, as I travel all around the globe, I feel that I am qualified to state that.