Belfast Telegraph

'Our academy will be a big investment in staff'

Q&A: Colin Johnston

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

A: Work hard, be humble and work as a team and you can't go wrong.

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

A: The key things are to do your research, network as much as you can and never be afraid to ask for advice.

Q: What was your best business decision?

A: A recent one that I took, to implement an Academy and Wellness Centre, which will take time to take effect but results will be very rewarding. It's a huge investment in staff, who are our greatest asset. We've also recently sponsored some local sports clubs, to give back to the community which has supported us over the years.

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

A: Originally, I wanted to join the RAF and be a fighter pilot.

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

A: This year it was China and Vietnam, which was an incredible experience, and on my next holiday I hope to climb Kilimanjaro.

Q: What are your hobbies/interests?

A: I've taken up running in the last couple of years, and completed the Belfast Marathon this year.

Q: What is your favourite sport and team?

A: I love rugby, and am a big supporter of both the Ulster and Ireland rugby teams.

Q: And have you ever played any sports?

A: I played hockey for Grosvenor Grammar and the civil service.

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

A: The majority of my reading is related to the industry, so I rarely get the chance to read for pleasure.

Q: How would you describe your early life?

A: I had a very traditional upbringing in Belfast with my parents and brother and sister. Our favourite thing was to get away to the country at the weekends, to visit our grandparents in Lisbane.

Q: Have you any economic predictions?

A: Specifically with regard to the Brexit negotiations and their outcome; whatever happens further down the line, every industry must adapt and react.

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