What’s the most exciting thing about your job?

I get to meet and speak to new customers every day. No project is ever the same and brings new challenges each time. The beauty of our temporary building product is that we can arrive at our clients premises with a bare site and by day five we have installed a fully functioning temporary building.

Andy Gates, Area Sales Manager, Lauralu UK

Who has inspired you most in your career?

I played professional rugby for the Doncaster Knights and Leicester Tigers between 2007 and 2011 so I could name a few big figureheads from my rugby career that have inspired me over the years however my elder brother has a very successful sales career in San Diego, California and is a great source of inspiration and competition to me!

If you were an item in a warehouse, what would you be?

I would definetly be the racking – I provide support for my customers and colleagues and help maximise the potential within a given area by bringing the positive energy to the workplace – a smile goes a long way.

If you had your time again, what would you do different?

I would have listened more in my french lessons. Here at Lauralu we manufacture our own temporary buildings in a factory in Toulouse, France and it would be nice to speak to our engineers in their own language.

What’s your favourite pastime?

Catching the train to Leicester to watch the Tigers with my mates and a few cheeky beers. Lets hope spectators are allowed back in the stadiums some time soon… Plus drinking a beer on the train with a face mask would seem quite a challenge!

Do you play a sport, follow a sport or support a team?

Yes, rugby is my sport but I’ve just taken up tennis which is a little more forgiving on your body. Leicester Tigers is my team.

What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened in your career?

I had a very important presentation to make to several regional mangers – as I stepped out of my car my trousers split right the way down the back – its safe to say it was a great ice breaker.

Do you have any hidden talents?

Not really, but I can almost do the splits.

Who would be your favourite party guest?

Dwayne Johnson or Lee Evans.

What is the greatest luxury in your life?

To enjoy plenty of food and drink with family and friends over the festive period.

If you won the Lottery, what would you do?

Buy a villa and a small yacht in the South of France or Cyprus, however I would like to carry on working. This would hopefully then give me and my wife-to-be the luxury of her being a stay at home mum when the time comes.

Who or what makes you laugh?

My best mate makes my cry with laughter – I’m not sure if he’s actually funny or that we are both as strange as each other.

What’s your dream holiday?

I would love to get away to Bali or the Philippines.

What’s your favourite music album?

Well, I’m not embarrassed to say that I’ve been to watch Ed Sheeren 5 times so it would have to be his Multiply album from 2014.

What’s your favourite movie or Netflix series?

I don’t watch any TV really and I very rarely sit through a film but the last film I stayed awake throughout was Bohemian Rhapsody so it must have been good.

What would be your advice to someone thinking about coming into the industry?

The industry is very diverse and the products that we offer can fit into any scenario; so be prepared to travel the country and meet a vast amount of people from a wide range of businesses – it’s great!

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