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Chris Gilchrist

Hit Reach
Dundee, United Kingdom

Before most people had personal computers, when the Internet was in its infancy, Chris got involved in web design. He has worked hard to build his business beyond web design and development, developing specialisms in e-commerce, SEO, and online marketing.

60-Second Interview

Who was your biggest hero when you were younger?
Spider-Man and Batman! Ironically one had tons of money the other had none.
What initially attracted you to enterprise?
Being able to make, and being responsible for, the decisions which would determine my own success or failure. Building my own business has allowed me a lot more flexibility than employment would have in how I make money, live, help people and achieve my personal and professional goals.
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
Me and a friend painted fences during the school holidays when we were 12. I think we made about £250 between us during the summer which seemed like a fortune.
What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
Letting go of the reigns. I'm very detail orientated so I like to know every little thing that's going on but I've learned to trust in the amazing team that I've built to keep an eye on the day to day for me and focus that attention into other areas that are helping us grow.
Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
My Dad. He died when I was 19 but he worked very hard, both professionally and personally, to make sure we had a great quality of life. I want my kids to have the same great experience we did.
What is it that gets you out of bed in the morning?
The excitement of what's ahead. It's an amazing time to be involved in digital: things move so fast and there's incredible opportunities everywhere.
How do you define success?
Finding the balancing point: being content with what's been achieved in a period of time vs the desire of what you want to achieve in the future. I guess you could call it 'happiness'. Too much one way and you're never happy, too much the other and you become complacent. Still working on this one...
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
I'd like to expand our reach and see our brand synonymous with the verticals we operate in. We've already set up offices in London and Chicago and we're constantly expanding our Dundee office so it will be interesting to see how it unfolds.
If you could give your ‘teenage self’ one piece of advice, what would it be?
Buy shares in Google with every penny you can get your hands on and believe in yourself. Ok that's 2, I cheated.
If you could have any one person on your business contact list, who would that person be and why?
Probably Richard Branson. He's got experience across lots of verticals, doesn't take himself too seriously, very smart, unorthodox and down to earth. I could imagine having a great laugh with him alongside the invaluable advice.