andy-mcdonald.jpgWhat’s the most exciting thing about your job?
Running a small but growing entrepreneurial software business, where all team members have input into decisions that shape the future of the company.

What time do you get to work, and how long do you work each day?
It varies, we work flexibly as there tends to be a lot of “home work” to do before big meetings and presentations, but typically from 8.30am to 5.30pm with an hour communute each way.

If you were an item in a warehouse, what would you be?
A Barcode scanner or PDA as I would be the most useful tool in the warehouse. I would be pretty much unbreakable as well as vital to the business. I would also keep my job for at least 3 years before my useful life expired.

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do different?
Probably not worry so much about things, like exams and the future. I would maybe get more trades under my belt so I was not just a general manager. I would also like to have understood how money and finances work earlier in life.

What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you at work?
I would have to say that I was green in a presentation with a major hangover, and had to rush off stage during a major presentation to over 50 Russian bankers. They clapped thinking I had finished and was exiting in true British style.

What would be your advice to someone thinking about coming into the industry (apart from “don’t do it”)?
Try and bring some value to the industry, new ideas and better ways of doing things. Understand consumer requirements as this will open your mind up to how the job you are entering impacts the consumer experience.

Who or what makes you laugh?
Good comedy, Monty Python. Wind ups are also good fun as long as they are in good spirit and not pushed too far. Business should be fun and and if you smile whilst at work, others will behave positively towards you.

Do you have any hidden talents?
Squash and racket sports in general. I have also been known to handle my beer pretty well.

Who would be your favourite party guest?
Ricky Gervais or Jonathan Ross.

What is the greatest luxury in your life?
Holidays with my wife and 2 kids.

What was your favourite hospitality jolly?
Going to the races with the team dressed in Hawain outfits as we had all qualified for a trip to Maui as a business incentive.

What’s your dream holiday destination?
Portugal with the family, great weather, food, golf and beaches.

What are your three favourite movies of all time?
The Holy Grail, The Life of Brian and Football Factory.

What’s your favourite pastime?

If you won the Lottery, what would you do?
Take time off and chill out, not go mad with the money, well, maybe get an Audi RS4 Quattro.

Knowledge Online supplies handheld auditing solutions to the logistics and warehousing industry removing paper based processes from any compliance or quality inspection.
The software is called E-SAFE 100 and allows companies to analyse management information that is captured in real time which allows the business to be proactive and demonstrate best practice.

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