GT – What’s the most exciting thing about your job?
Developing new products and helping to create employment opportunities.
GT – Who’s inspired you most in your career?
My father, who always gave me his wholehearted support and encouragement.
GT – If you were an item in a supermarket, what would you be?
Something wholesome and top quality – maybe smoked salmon.
GT – If you had to do it all over again, what would you do different?
How long have you got? Put your trust in good people and surround yourself with the best people you possibly can.
GT – What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you at work?
Being grabbed by a lady employee at the Christmas party – in front of my wife!
GT – Who or what makes you laugh?
Morecambe and Wise, Les Dawson, Tommy Cooper – any of the great classic comedians of old.
GT – Do you have any hidden talents?
Any talents I have are already well known, nothing’s hidden.
GT – Who would be your favourite party guest?
Norman Prince, a compere and comedian from Bolton, who used to be in the Houghton Weavers folk group.
GT – What is the greatest luxury in your life?
My wife Elizabeth.
GT – What is your favourite guilty pleasure?
Chocolate and smoked salmon, not necessarily at the same time.
GT – Do you have any secret ambitions?
To see my grandchildren grow up and be happy and successful.
GT – What’s your dream holiday destination?
Barbados – I love it there.
GT – What are your three favourite movies of all time?
The Magnificent Seven, Where Eagles Dare and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
GT – What is your favourite book of all time?
Anything by Alistair MacLean.
GT – What’s your favourite pastime?
Playing golf and squash.
GT – If you won the Lottery, what would you do?
Buy a villa in Spain and retire there.
GT – What would be your advice to someone thinking about coming into this industry (apart from “don’t do it”)?
Never compromise on product quality and make sure you have an accounting qualification.