Belfast Telegraph

'Ask plenty of questions when you're starting out'

By Margaret Canning

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

A: The advice I receive from my dad always makes me second-guess myself. I think having someone that can make you think differently is essential to success within business.

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

A: The simple things such as being on time, never missing deadlines and staying on top of your workload are key. In addition to that, I would encourage those starting out to ask plenty of questions. This is vital to developing the initiative required to progress.

Q: What was your best business decision?

A: Accepting the role of managing director and building on what my dad started almost 40 years ago. Working alongside my brothers and a very strong team, the firm has grown organically, providing additional employment and diversifying our services.

Q: What are your hobbies/interests?

A: Since I realised a career in professional football wasn't going to happen, I started to take part in my local parkrun. It's a really successful initiative and one that has helped a lot of people ease into or ease back into exercise and meet people.

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

A: I had hoped to become a professional footballer, but unfortunately I've had to face reality.

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

A: Marbella with the family and Ibiza for my brother's wedding later this year.

Q: What is your favourite sport and team?

A: Football and Liverpool. I've played football, tennis and table tennis.

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

A: I recommend the insurance handbooks for insomniacs. I'm not a huge book fan, but I do love The Godfather novel, by Mario Puzo.

Q: How would you describe your early life?

A: Sports, sports and more sports.

Q: Have you any economic predictions?

A: Our clients are growing and are optimistic about the future, regardless of the inability of our local Executive to move forward in the best interests of all voters.

Belfast Telegraph