Belfast Telegraph

'Work life is challenging, enjoyable and satisfying'

Margaret Canning quizes Raymond Acheson

Q What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given? A. You have two ears, two eyes and one mouth. Use them accordingly.

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

A Don't be backward in asking for payment.

Q What was your best business decision?

A I don't keep a hierarchy of such things.

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

A Never thought of it. Don't know, but probably wouldn't have been in Northern Ireland.

Q What are your hobbies/interests?

A Family and grandchildren.

Q Have you any economic predictions?

A I wish I had. I do know if you had six economists looking at the same issue, you'll get six different answers.

Q What is your favourite sport and team?

A F1 racing.

Q And have you ever played any sports?

A Played hockey to reasonable level for Cookstown.

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

A Was in USA on business in February and then spent a week in California. No holiday plans at present.

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

A I read books occasionally when on flights or holiday, mostly about World War Two.

Q How would you describe your early life?

A I had good parents, good schooling, good friends, so my early life was all you could have asked for.

Q How would you assess your time with your company?

A Challenging, but enjoyable and satisfying.

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