Dr Graeme Philp – In the Hot seat

NAME: Dr Graeme Philp POSITION: Chief Executive COMPANY: GAMBICA – the Association for UK Instrumentation, Automation and Lab Tech industries Likes:  Technology, visionaries, sailing, playing guitar Dislikes:  Leaders without vision or courage 1 BEST & WORST BUSINESS DECISIONS YOU HAVE MADE: BEST: Joining The MTL Instruments Group, the UK public company that I led as CEO for 13 years WORST:Choosing a […]

Wayne Baxter – In the Hot Seat

NAME: Wayne Baxter POSITION: Managing Director COMPANY: Haden Freeman Ltd Likes:  Dislikes:  1 BEST & WORST BUSINESS DECISIONS YOU HAVE MADE: BEST: Several years ago I was approached by a friend with a great idea! “How about funding a start up company in a sector you know absolutely nothing about? It’s certain to be a success but I don’t want to […]

Steve Mackay PhD

NAME: Steve Mackay PhD POSITION: Dean COMPANY: Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) and CEO to sister company, IDC Technologies Pty Ltd Likes:  My family is my raison d’etre. My work too is a part of the family; like a demanding teenage child whose long upbringing has proved challenging, but rewarding. My love for history is satisfied through reading and, whenever possible, […]

Paul Barritt

NAME: Paul Barritt POSITION: Managing Director COMPANY: EOGB Energy Products Ltd Likes:  Motor Sport, Squash, a good challenge and a good pint Dislikes:  Celery, PPI calls, people that borrow things but never return them 1 BEST & WORST BUSINESS DECISIONS YOU HAVE MADE: BEST: The best decision I have made was persuading my employer to let me do a part-time engineering […]

Andrew Clarke

NAME: Andrew Clarke POSITION: Commercial Director COMPANY: MWS Weighing Solutions Likes:  Honesty, Hardwork, Integrity, People willing to always learn and take initiative Dislikes:  Tardiness, People telling me what they think I want to hear 1 BEST & WORST BUSINESS DECISIONS YOU HAVE MADE: BEST: Choosing to work with a scheme called Growth Accelerator, it changed my mindset away from being the […]

Simon Rogers

NAME: Simon Rogers POSITION: Managing Director COMPANY: Yokogawa UK Ltd Likes:  Squash, motorbikes, golf, football, music Dislikes:  Marmite 1 BEST & WORST BUSINESS DECISIONS YOU HAVE MADE: BEST: My best business decisions have been hiring or assigning the right people. These are the most important business decisions I ever make WORST:Hiring or assigning the wrong people have been the most costly […]

Ian Osborne

NAME: Ian Osborne POSITION: Chairman COMPANY: Transmission Developments Likes:  Real Ale, Old Cars, Sprinting and Hillclimbing, Home-built gas turbine vehicles Dislikes:  The Metropolitan Elite, The Department of Timidity & Inaction (BIS) and politicians generally 1 BEST & WORST BUSINESS DECISIONS YOU HAVE MADE: BEST: Expanding in-house manufacturing in the face of low cost Far Eastern competition WORST:Assuming what customers want is […]

Kevin Brown

NAME: Kevin Brown POSITION: Managing Director, Owner COMPANY: Quantum Controls Ltd Likes:  Winning Dislikes:  Losing 1 BEST & WORST BUSINESS DECISIONS YOU HAVE MADE: BEST: Buying Quantum Controls outright in 2009, I am now sole owner WORST:Employing un motivated staff members in the past  2 WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST IMPORTANT ADVANCEMENT IN TECHNOLOGY FOR YOUR BUSINESS? The internet and the […]

Angus Fosten

NAME: Angus Fosten POSITION: Director COMPANY: Partech Instruments Likes:  Travelling with my family, cricket and of course water quality instrumentation Dislikes:  Bureaucracy, Dishonesty 1 BEST & WORST BUSINESS DECISIONS YOU HAVE MADE: BEST: Management buyout of Partech in 2000 WORST:Allowing one of our salesmen to choose an Alfa Romeo as his company car, it looked great but was impractical and unreliable  […]

Craig Such

NAME: Craig Such POSITION: Managing Director and Founder COMPANY: Azzure IT Likes:  Azzure Curry Nights with the team, new challenges and motorsports Dislikes:  Negative thinking and watching golf 1 BEST & WORST BUSINESS DECISIONS YOU HAVE MADE: BEST: To set up Azzure IT with the objective of forming a customer focused ERP business – to achieve this and become the fastest […]