'Never give up or take no for an answer'
Q&A: Alan Foreman, B-Secur
Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?
A: "Better to be liked than right." Ultimately, we spend a lot of time at work so you'd better like the people/customers you work with, and vice versa, or you're in for a long ride.
Q: What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?
A: Never give up or take no for an answer. Someone has had to do everything for the first time, so be brave and ask until you get what you want.
Q: What was your best business decision?
A: To grow B-Secur in Northern Ireland. Best talent and spirit of collaboration anywhere that I have seen.
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Q: If you weren't doing this job, what would be your other career?
A: Travel writer … staying in great places and great hotels and being paid for the privilege.
Q: What was your last holiday? Where are you going next?
A: I live in England with my wife and three young children. Our last holiday was to Northern Ireland. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't so good. We are off to Italy next year.
Q: What are your hobbies/interest?
A: Any downtime I have I spend at home so little time for hobbies. However, I have promised myself (New Year's resolution) to get back into sport this year plus pursue my childhood interest in cars/motor racing.
Q: What is your favourite sport and team?
A: For watching, it has to be rugby union, and obviously I'm an Ireland supporter.
Q: And have you ever played any sports?
A: You may not think it if you meet me now but I hold a AAA medal for Northern Ireland cross country/athletics and I was a rower at uni.
Q: How would you describe your early life?
A: I grew up in the country in Co Down. Wonderful times playing in fields, on bikes and the like. Free to roam. I think life is different for children these days with much more controls and too much electronics.
Q: Have you any economic predictions?
A: The world will go on after Brexit.
Q: How would you assess your time in business with your company B-Secur?
A: Growing a company from scratch is an amazing experience. And an emotional roller-coaster of mainly big highs. I think we've now earned the respect of customers and investors such that we can really grow B-Secur into a substantial international business that Northern Ireland will be proud of.
Q: How do you sum up working in the tech?
A: We're developing some truly unique and ground-breaking tech from Northern Ireland. The best thing is that the world needs our tech for many real-life applications from diagnosing critical health conditions to keeping people safe in their cars. It's classic supply-and-demand on a global scale so time to grab this opportunity and create something special.