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Wednesday 3 September 2014

How's business?

Published 25/12/2013 | 05:22

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Business is good at the moment in the lead up to Christmas. It's always a good time of the year and thankfully people are continuing to show support for local traders. It's been a tough couple of years, but hopefully things are turning around.

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Work/life balance.

At this stage of the business, I think I've just about managed to find the balance - although it's taken a while! Work is not like work for me though because it's something I've always loved doing so that's half the battle.

Alan Sugar, Donald Trump or Bill Cullen?

None. Although I always liked Tony Ryan, the founder of Ryanair. He said that we are all in the gutter but some of us reach for the stars. That strikes a chord with me.

Best piece of advice you have ever received?

Don't be a slave to someone else, try to stand on your own two feet.

Where/how did it all begin?

It began for me as a butcher in the 1970s, serving my time with the late Pat Byrne and then in Fitzpatrick's. I opened my own shop near to where I am now in 1982, in the old arcade, but moved to my current location in Christmas 1983 - so this year is my 30th anniversary there, which is hard to believe!

How many hours do you work in an average week?

Too many!

Pen and paper or iPad?

The old fashioned way, although I'm slowly getting to grips with technology.

Favourite book?

Anything by James Patterson

The toughest lesson you've learned in life.

Always keep your fishing tackle tidy - drives me mad trying to untangle it

What's the best way to win friends and influence people?

Just be yourself, and don't try to influence people, let them be themselves and be humble.

Cats or dogs?

Neither. I do like cows and sheep though.

Movie you've watched more than once

Schindler's List

Holiday destination?

France

Keep fit?

Haven't the time. New Year's resolution though!

The last song to stick in your head was...

Jingle Bells - because I hear it on the street all day!

You learn more from failure than success. Agree or disagree?

Disagree.

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