What inspired you to enterprise and the industry?
I’ve always loved working with customers. And craft beer has always been an enjoyable hobby of mine. By combining the two, I’ve found a career that excites me, and happily drives me out of bed every morning.
Who was your biggest hero when you were young?
I always looked up to my big sister. She has easily been my number one supporter through thick and thin-- but even more importantly, I admire the fact that she makes her own opportunities in life. It’s the single most important attribute to have. No one is going to do it for you.
How do you define success?
Success to me is always measured in terms of effort. Have I done everything possible to move things forward, and maximise my potential? Most of the time the answer is yes. But sometimes- regardless of my effort- I still fail in meeting my objective. That’s what I like to call a successful fail.
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
I put it right back into my business. Always remember that setting up a business isn’t a license to make money. It’s an opportunity to bring added value to your consumer, and make a difference in your sector. If you are solely in it to become rich then be prepared to fail.
What has been the biggest challenge so far with your business?
The biggest challenge is learning to step outside of your comfort zone, and embrace the fear of the unknown.
What is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
I’m a glass half full kind of guy. Keeping a positive mind set regardless of the situation has, without a doubt, kept me afloat longer than I should have been. I always find the silver lining in a bad situation. And they’re always thereâ€”sometimes you just need to search a bit harder to find them.
What is it that gets you out of bed in the mornings?
I’ve briefly mentioned it earlier, but it’s because I love what I do, and I truly believe that I am making a difference in my sector. Find a career that you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
Yes, I have a business plan. And yes, it’s planned out for the next 5 years, but it’s really difficult to say. The business world is so volatile. What I can tell you is that I will always listen to what my customer has to say, and they will ulitimately decide what my business looks 5 years from now.
If you could give your “teenage self” one piece of advice, what would it be?
Throw out all the negative thoughts. Distance yourself from all the disbelievers. And don’t wait for the right opportunity to come your way. Be a go-getter.