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'I've been lucky to have such an amazing team'

Q and A with Gareth Macklin

By Margaret Canning

Q What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given? A Find something you love doing as it makes everything easier in the long run - a piece of advice that was often said to me by both parents down the years.

Q What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?

A Surround yourself with an amazing team of people and work hard. It is also important - and something not a lot of us do- to take the time to look back and reward yourself on your achievements.

Q What was your best business decision?

A I started a new software company last year as we couldn't source an appropriate solution to help with employee development and engagement. Whilst still in the very early stages, it has been going super so far and has lots of potential.

Q If you weren't doing this job what would your career be?

A I'd always dreamed of being a professional football player, but I think the excessive number of birthdays definitely rules that out!

Q What was your last holiday and where to next?

A My wife and I spent some time in Edinburgh last year and we have planned to go to Wicklow this summer with the kids.

Q What are your hobbies/interests?

A Outside of my family, I enjoy a bit of golf and have recently started getting on a mountain bike which is proving interesting after not being on a bike since a child.

Q If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?

A Anything by John Grisham will do.

Q How would you describe your early life?

A I have great memories of my early years, always lots of fun with my family with lots of outdoor trips and activities.

Q Have you any economic predictions?

A It's always going to have its ups and downs.

Q How would you assess your time in Macklin Care Homes Group?

A We're very fortunate to have such amazing people as part of our team across all aspects of the business, many who have been with us upwards of 30 years. The care and dedication shown by them all on a daily basis is something that as a family, we're extremely proud of.

Q How would you sum up working in care homes and hotels?

A I absolute love it. It has many great aspects alongside the occasional challenge. But it's always going to have its ups and downs.

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