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Sam Eccles

Sam Eccles
Ferness, United Kingdom

Cultural sector specialist delivering solutions for this market. Offering project management, business development, funding support and facilitation to cultural organisations and bodies as well as individual artists.

60-Second Interview

Who was your biggest hero when you were younger?
I can’t remember having one. Perhaps, Flo-Jo when I was a teenager as she seemed to overcome so many barriers and retaining herself whilst she achieved all of that.
What initially attracted you to enterprise?
A desire to follow my own path - to create my own destiny and respond to opportunities in an entreprenuerial manner.
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
Friend’s father had an office near to Manchester Football clubs ground. She and I turned its parking area into a match day parking lot charging £5 for every car. Each fortnight, we would feel like millionaires, and make quite a few £100.
What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
Trying to keep self and others feeling positive during times of difficulty and complication. Sometimes feel like I am saying to myself ’just keep swimming, just keep swimming’.
Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
The adrenaline that arises out of pressure and the adrenaline that flows with every challenge.
What is it that gets you out of your bed in the morning?
The fact I have a vocation rather than a job.
How do you define success?
Personal gratification. For me it is about true to self, being honest and open and being respected for this approach.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
I’d like to be working across nations and internationally on policy and cultural sector support/advice.
If you could give your “teenage self” one piece of advice, what would it be?
Be what you would wish to be - and not what others wish you to be.
If you could have any one person on your business contact list, who would that person be and why?
Chris Torch