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Andrew McGee

Smokin' Guns Fitness
Wishaw, Scotland

Andrew is a bodybuilder and former boxer who is passionate about his business and giving back through his business. Always delighted to help out with Bridge 2 Business Andrew has great plans for developing his brand.

60-Second Interview

Who was your biggest hero when you were younger?
My Mother
What initially attracted you to enterprise?
The ability to create your own opportunities and the fact that I have the ability to work hard and obsessively dedicate myself to something. I was attracted to hardship, I enjoy struggling especially when starting a business as it allows me to test my true character.
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
The first £10 I ever made was when I was 16. I traded stocks in a company called Heritage Oil. I began to become obsessed with business, turning £1 into £2 and wanted to trade enough to be able to fund my first business. I saved up all my weekly wages and began trading the market. On selling Heritage Oil, I fortunately made a little bit more than £10.
What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
Funding, Exposure, Building a good reputation.
Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
The voice inside my head that tells me to keep going.
What is it that gets you out of your bed in the morning?
Opportunity, the fact that I know the more I can get done that day will allow me to get back in bed that night in a better position.
How do you define success?
Achieving heights that you never thought you could. Money never has been a huge motivator, It's more so creating a successful business that has large presence, turnover and the ability to employ many people.

I feel true success is placing yourself outside of your comfort zone and excelling in those conditions.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
I see myself being involved in several businesses. I see my current business becoming a nationwide brand that provides a cost effective service of a high quality and standard
If you could give your “teenage self” one piece of advice, what would it be?
Keep doing what you are doing and enjoy yourself as much as you can. You'll know when the time is right to start doing what YOU want to do.
If you could have any 1 person on your business contact list who would that person be and why?
Chris Dawson, Owner of The Range. His drive for growth and continual progression after being in business for so long is hugely motivating to me.