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'If I wasn't in this job I'd be a show jumper'

Paul grew up with showjumping and would have liked to do it for a living
Paul grew up with showjumping and would have liked to do it for a living
Paul Devlin enjoys watching Ireland play rugby

Q&A: Paul Devlin, Abbey Upholsterers

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

A: Work hard and know your market and competition.

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

A: Understand your business thoroughly, and learn the grassroots to understand what your employees are doing. Your staff are the biggest asset you will ever have.

Q: What was your best business decision?

A: Following difficult times around the recession I'm delighted that we decided to continue with the move to our new 100,000 sq ft premises here in Carrick.

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

A: I would love to have been a showjumper.

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

A: My last holiday was in Italy and my next holiday is planned for Belgium.

Q: What are your hobbies/interest?

A: Showjumping is my main passion.

Q: What is your favourite sport and team?

A: I love sports, however my two favourites are showjumping and watching Ireland (below) play rugby. I'm looking forward to this weekend's Ireland game in Japan.

Q: And have you ever played any sports?

A: I have grown up showjumping, it's a huge part of our family.

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

A: Usually I like to read business-focused magazines and business books.

Q: How would you describe your early life?

A: Thankfully it was very happy and always busy with daddy running the business, so we were always stuck in between 'helping' in business, or riding horses and enjoying time with family and friends. Simple pleasures really.

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