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Gordon Whiteford

Highland Eggs
Ardersier, United Kingdom

After studying Agricultural Business Management at SAC and working on a local dairy farm Gordon saw a niche in the market for organic eggs. In June 2010 Gordon moved to packing his own eggs and continues to build his local market.

60-Second Interview

Who was your biggest hero when you were younger?
I can't say I really had a hero, but I have looked up to several people.
What initially attracted you to enterprise?
Drive to one day have my own farm, as a teenager loved making money, as an adult hated working for other people to make them money!
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
Did several paper rounds, used to get up at 6AM and was earning about £40/week in the mid '90s' although probably earned a few pounds when I was younger from guests at my parents B&B as a waiter.
What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
Working in a capital intensive industry, funding has been a major challenge to continue to fund growth. Been very successful with attracting grant funding but banks have been very difficult to deal with.
Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
My wife is very supportive to me and understands my goals and ambition.
What is it that gets you out of your bed in the morning?
Can't afford not too! And it's the best part of the day.
How do you define success?
Enjoying what you do and achieving your own goals in life.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
Ask me in five years time! I set myself goals and continually develop and improve my business and grab what opportunities come along. Take one step at a time.
If you could give your “teenage self” one piece of advice, what would it be?
Believe in yourself more, don't be scared of making mistakes just learn from them.
If you could have any 1 person on your business contact list who would that person be and why?
Duncan Bannatyne, read his autobiography once and it was very inspirational. A good example of how someone can succeed, coming from a poor background but willing to work hard and take a few risks.