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Daniel Gillespie

Tiree, United Kingdom

Skerryvore first formed on the tiny lsle of Tiree in 2005. Back then, the band consisted of Tiree-born brothers Daniel Gillespie and Martin Gillespie, Fraser West and Alec Dalgliesh

60-Second Interview

Who was your biggest hero when you were younger?
Roberto Baggio and Paul Gascoigne
What initially attracted you to enterprise?
I was involved in Enterprise before I actually realised I was! It has just snowballed since - with a few bumps along the way!
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
Performing in the Scarinish Hotel when Archie 'Bear' MacArthur hired me for my first 'paid' gig
What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
Trying to switch off from business and spend more time with family
Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
The legacy of my late father - he still managed to succeed in business despite two bankruptcies along the way.
What is it that gets you out of your bed in the morning?
My 11 month wee boy! Seriously, the feeling that there is just not enough hours in a day to do all the things I need to do and would like to do.
How do you define success?
Feeling happy with what you do and what it brings to others.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
SKERRYVORE - continued growth in new markets such as USA, Germany, Denmark, etc. New opportunities in Australia, Asia and Canada.

TIREE MUSIC FESTIVAL - celebrating 10 years and operating as a sustainable event that generates a huge economic impact for Tiree.

RINGINGSTONE - creation/management of a new event or festival...
If you could give your “teenage self” one piece of advice, what would it be?
The days lost with alcohol are days you will never get back or get a chance to do again.
If you could have any 1 person on your business contact list who would that person be and why?
My Father.

He is the person who drives me on the most yet has not been with us since 1996. I would love to speak to him more about business as this was something I never had the opportunity to do when he was alive as I was just a child.