Belfast Telegraph

'I hope NI becomes a gateway into the EU'

Q and A By John Mulgrew

Q What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given? A If you help enough people get where they want to go, you will get to where you want to go too.

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

A Focus on building up your network of business associates - they will be crucial for support, advice and referrals along the way. And tell everyone you meet about what you are doing because you never know who they might know who needs your service or product.

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

AI would be in sales of some sort, I would imagine. I enjoy the problem-solving, strategy and psychology behind it, so I couldn't imagine not being involved in sales.

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

A Puerto Banus was our last trip away. The next one will probably be to our holiday home in sunny Ballycastle, Co Antrim.

Q What are your hobbies and interests? 

A Family takes up most of my time outside of work, which I enjoy. Aside from that, getting out a few times a week to indoor soccer helps me wind down.

Q What is your favourite sport and team? 

A Arsenal is my favourite team.

Q And have you ever played any sports? 

Yes, I played Gaelic and soccer from an early age. I had to give up both when I started the business because I just hadn't the time any more.

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

AI don't read a lot of traditional books - most of my reading would be online now - but I remember reading Alan Sugar's autobiography, which I took a lot from about how he started his business.

Q How would you describe your early life?

A Great. We have a very large wider family, so I would have spent a lot of time with cousins playing football or roaming fields, or with other cousins on their farm.

Q Have you any economic predictions?

AI suppose I live in hope that Northern Ireland becomes a gateway province for economic activity between the UK, Ireland and the EU. I think there is a real opportunity for us if we get the right focus in place.

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

A Fast-paced. We have grown significantly in a short space of time, which requires a lot of long hours and learning along the way.

Q How would you sum up working in the sector?

A I would definitely say it's a buoyant sector. With the move away from traditional hardware products to cloud-based subscription models, there are real opportunities for everyone.

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