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'My early life was fun... probably too much fun'

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This Week: John Lunn

Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?

A: I am a firm believer that business is fundamentally about people; and the key is having the right people focused on the right things.

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

A: A good quote I recently came across was 'Vision without action is a dream, action without vision is a nightmare'. A roadmap to success is crucial i.e. knowing where you are going, and how you are going to get there.

Q: What was your best business decision?

A: At Lunn's we have never lost sight of our key values: the best possible quality and world-class service, no matter what economic conditions have been at play. Those values underpin every decision we make.

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

A: I'm not sure of the career, but I probably would have moved back to Madrid where I once worked. It is a fantastic place to live.

Q: What was your last holiday? Where are you going next?

A: We recently came back from a week in Tuscany at a close friend's wedding. We are thinking of a road trip around the Irish coastline sometime next year.

Q: What are your hobbies/interest?

A: Away from work, I like getting as much time as I can with my family. I also like to run when I get the chance.

Q: What is your favourite sport and team?

A: I still love watching football when I get the time. My favourite team would have to be Manchester United.

Q And have you ever played any sports?

A: I played football at university and was, up until recently, competing in triathlons. My last big triathlon was Ironman Mallorca in 2014.

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

A: I'm currently reading Legacy by James Kerr, which tells the story about the ethos and drive behind the success of the All Blacks rugby team.

Q: How would you describe your early life?

A: Great fun - probably too much fun in fact.

Q: Have you any economic predictions?

A: With so much change, it is very hard to predict what is ahead of us, but I really believe Belfast is only going to improve as a destination with so many plans in place for positive development.

Q: How would you assess your time in business?

A: Firstly, it has been a constant education, particularly with so many changes in both the economy and retailing as a whole. In addition to that, the opportunity to meet so many interesting people, both locally and overseas, through business, has been brilliant.

Q: How do you sum up working in the jewellery sector?

A: It is hard to complain when you get to work with some of the finest timepieces and gemstones on a daily basis.

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