Belfast Telegraph

'Be prepared to get loads of knocks along the way'

By John Mulgrew

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

A: Always look at the long-term picture, the short-term is not as important.

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

A: Basically, the same thing - always look at the long-term. Also, it's important to be resilient.

Be prepared to take, not just a few, but loads of knocks along the way.

I've had things going great then something comes out of the blue and you feel like you're back to square one. The thing is to keep going and learn from setbacks.

Q: What was your best business decision?

A: Businesses are made up of so many decisions, it's hard to pick just one.

Generally, though, I'd say it's the decisions in who to hire which have been my best.

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

A: To be honest, from a very early age, I've never really wanted to do anything else.

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

A: It's important to take breaks. I always try to avoid working at the weekend. My last holiday was in Spain. That's were my next one will be as well.

Q: What are your hobbies/interests?

A: We have a great golf course at Edenmore Country Club. When I get a chance I enjoy playing a round there.

Q:  What is your favourite sport and team?

A: Golf. Team wise, I'd have to say it's my boys' football team.

Q: And have you ever played any sports?

AI play a little bit of golf when I get the chance.

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

A: To be honest, no.

Q: How would you describe your early life?

A: Very normal. I was always interested in trucks from a very early age though.

Q: Have you any economic predictions?

A: It's always going to be unpredictable. The experts don't really know what the future holds, and neither do I.

Q: How would you assess your time in business?

A: Busy.

Q: How do you sum up working in transport?

A: Hard work and busy.

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