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Simon Lee

Spirit of Scotland Tours
Dunbar, Scotland

Simon Lee first began tour guiding in Scotland back in 2005, taking small groups of young and old independent travelers to the Isle of Skye. Spirit of Scotland have become specialists in creating fully customised, guided and escorted tours of Scotland

60-Second Interview

Who was your biggest hero when you were younger?
Superman!
What initially attracted you to enterprise?
The ability to work for myself, choose my own path.
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
When I was young I was always looking for ways to make a buck as a kid, so probably from washing cars, although I probably had to wash 3 or 4 to make that much money! But as a business I think it was for a Tour Package to in 2008.
What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
Adapting to changing circumstances. Always need to keep changing as things develop. You may even change industry, work for someone for a while to gain more experience but it the entrepreneurial spirit that counts.
Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
Friends and family are always there but the support and encouragement received from PSYBT and Business Gateway.
Find a mentor to share ideas and problems with.
What is it that gets you out of your bed in the morning?
Coffee
How do you define success?
Doing what makes you happy.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
No idea
If you could give your “teenage self” one piece of advice, what would it be?
Take experience from every situation whether is seems like a positive or negative one, you can always learn from experience. Learn as though you will live forever, but live as though each day is your last.
If you could have any 1 person on your business contact list who would that person be and why?
Richard Branson