'You'll get what you need if not what you want; every negative has a positive'
Q&A: Paul McDermott
Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?
A: You don't always get what you want, but you get what you need and every negative has a positive.
Q: What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?
A: To be 90% positive and 10% realistic. That way, if things don't work out the way you planned, then you will be able to deal with it better and also always see the bigger picture.
Q: What was your best business decision?
A: To become a McDonald's franchisee.
Q: If you weren't doing this job, what would be your other career?
A: I'm a people person so definitely something to do with people
Q: What was your last holiday? Where are you going next?
A: I'm just back from five days in Spain playing tennis. I haven't booked my next trip, as I tend to book a little bit last minute.
Q: What are your hobbies/interests?
A: Tennis, golf, yoga, holidays, good box sets and the cinema.
Q: What is your favourite sport and team?
A: Football. I just enjoy teams that play exciting attacking football.
Q: And have you ever played any sports?
A: Football, cricket and hockey at a good school level
Q: If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?
A: The Inner Game Of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey. I like autobiographies and recently read John McEnroe's.
Q: How would you describe your early life?
A: Active - full of sport
Q: Have you any economic predictions?
A: It's hard to tell which way the economy will pan out with Brexit.
Q: How would you assess your time in business with your McDonald's?
A: It has been a great journey watching the brand evolve over the last 17 years. I started with 35 staff in my first restaurant and now have 135 working there, some of which have been with me from the start. My other restaurant has 120 staff.
Q: How do you sum up working in the hospitality industry?
A: I have been working in hospitality for 40 years now and, to be honest, I couldn't see myself in any other industry.