Jan Cavelle, founder of the eponymous furniture company, on her beginnings in PR and her hunt for a mentor.
Name: Jan Cavelle
Age: Mature, like a good wine
Company: The Jan Cavelle Furniture Company
Company turnover: £1.5m
First job: Junior secretary in PR agency, who sadly parted company with me very promptly
Dream job: Write a blockbuster novel
Car: Porsche Boxter
First, business or economy: Hate flying and avoid it if I can
Most extravagant purchase: My porsche
Most-played song on your iPod: "Crazy Man Michael"
Best business book: Nigel Risner's It's a zoo around here
Worst business moment: Loads but usually involve putting right hiring errors I have made, which always leaves me gutted.
Best business moment: Winning National Sales Decade of Excellence Award
Your business mentor: Currently need a new one – any takers?
Next big thing: On a massive re-expansion programme and planning to double our turnover in next two years