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'I quit MMA as I was never going to be a world champ'


Gareth loves Italy and recently visited the island of Capri

Gareth loves Italy and recently visited the island of Capri

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Gareth loves Italy and recently visited the island of Capri

Q What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given? A On my placement year at university my employer told me: "Always treat people how you want to be treated."


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

A Don't be scared to take a risk in business. However, ensure its a calculated one.

Q What was your best business decision? 

A Acquiring Mascott Construction in August 2016 which has allowed us to enter the construction market with a reputable brand.

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

A The majority of my career has been spent in the utilities and infrastructure sector, however, I always had a passion for construction so I would have ended up doing something. With the acquisition of Mascott I now have the chance to make that career a reality.

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

A Capri in Italy and back to Italy every chance I get.

Q What are your hobbies/interests? 

A Marathon running, I have done six, I have four to go. The next one is Belfast 2017.

Q What is your favourite sport and team? 

A Having competed I'm still a big fan of MMA.

Q And have you ever played any sports? 

A I competed in MMA and had six professional fights, I was never going to be a world champion so I drew a line under it having accomplished my goal.

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

A I never get the chance to read anything that isn't a contract. However I enjoy reading business articles on the move.

Q How would you describe your early life?

A I've always had an entrepreneurial spirit and used it as my training ground to be where I am today.

Q Have you any economic predictions?

A The local market will continue to grow, particularly in the construction sector.

Q How would you assess your time in business with your company M&M?

A It's been a challenge with a succession of growth.

Q How do you sum up working in the construction sector?

A In the relatively short time I have been involved it's been successful and I foresee a growth of 35% for the company.

Belfast Telegraph