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Mentor

Andrew Dobbie

Made Brave
Glasgow, United Kingdom

MadeBrave® was founded in 2012 by Andrew, a designer and photographer who had talent, experience, a Mac and a vision. Having grown a multi-skilled team, MadeBrave is now a full-service digital creative agency serving national & international brands.

60-Second Interview

Please give your name and then say who was your biggest hero when you were younger?
My name's Andrew Dobbie, and my childhood hero was Marty McFly (unless him and Doc are styling flying around, which would mean he's still my hero, right?)
What initially attracted you to enterprise?
Well, I left my job when my son, Finlay was born (I got the Dad-fear) to make a living as a Freelance Designer. From there, it just grew! I never really intended to build a business.
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
My first job was a paper round (one bag during the week and three on a Sunday). Wind, rain, snow - I was out there.
What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
I think, like a lot of businesses, we've had a few growing pains. It's part of the package.
Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
It's so important to surround yourself with the right people - my team, my family, my friends, everyone contributes.
What is it that gets you out of your bed in the morning?
Other than my alarm, I'm excited to get up and be creative every day.
How do you define success?
There's a great quote, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life" and I think that sums it up pretty well.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
I see a real future in social media. We launched MadeSocial this year and have had some amazing projects. I'm really excited to see that part of the business grow.
If you could give your “teenage self” one piece of advice, what would it be?
Stop looking to Hanson for hair inspiration.
If you could have any 1 person on your business contact list who would that person be and why?
Simon Sinek - if I could give you any piece of advice, it would be to read his books.