Whereabouts do you sit within the organisation? Who do you report to?
I founded the company, so in a traditional sense I would have a role reporting into the Board and the other shareholders. However, it is safe to say we are not particularly traditional, and on a day-to-day basis I report into every person who works inside the business.
What kind of skills do you need to be effective in your role?
To take input from others on what the best direction for a task would be and to heed that advice. A deep understanding of the technology that underpins our services is also hugely important.
Tell us about a typical working day?
Unfortunately, it all starts when I am in bed, checking from my phone how many new orders have come in overnight and any feedback we are getting from our social media channels.
Luckily, the office is next to my home so getting in of a morning could not be easier.
As we are constantly trying to grow, we usually have a new initiative on the go at any one time, so this will be coordinated with production, finance and sales.
Often, I cook lunch for everyone and am on standby afterwards to assist with any of the orders that are being processed.
Our day usually ends after Royal Mail has been to collect the day’s orders, and that is a good time to catch up with Stephen Hargreaves, a partner who looks after the finance, as well as Craig Watson (our first employee) who looks after production and customer enquiries.
That’s the day in a nutshell, but if my phone is with me, I’m never not thinking about the business.
What do you love about your job? What sucks?
Where can I start? We make fantastic bacon; we send it in the post to thousands of customers throughout the UK. Customer feedback is what I love.
1; What is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?
I use Flight Aware Mobile App to track flight plans flying over my house.
2; Do you have any strange phobias?
I am petrified of the foam you get in cushions, the texture the squeakiness of it, drives me absolutely nuts.
3; What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? and by whom.
Make sure you are “tucked in” when doing you flies up. Dad
4; If you could choose an age to remain forever what would it be? why
17 total lack of responsibility and getting to know girls properly for the first time
5; If you could be invisible or read minds which would you chose? why
Read Minds, you can learn more from being able to read a mind than to be in a room unseen.
6; What is 1 thing on your bucket list?
To go and see the Orange monkeys in the wild.
7; What is your favourite TV program?
8; What is your most annoying habit?
Impatience, I want instant satisfaction.
9; What would be your last meal request?
Rib Eye Steak, with grilled mushrooms and peas, (no chips)