Name: Duane Jackson

Age: 31


Turnover: On track to hit ?2m this year.

First job: Door-to-door sales, flogging special paint to protect brickwork. Commission only!

Dream job: Running a second-hand book shop.

Car: None. I?ve not had the time to get my licence so my wife is my chauffeur.

Economy, business or first class: Always business class ? until I see the price and I change my mind and go economy.

Most extravagant purchase: A watch with 12 diamonds for the numbers.

Most-played song on your iPod: ?Witness the Fitness? by Roots Manuva.

Best business bookHow to Get Rich by Felix Dennis.

Worst business moment: Realising I?d just wasted six months on a fruitless fund-raising exercise that we didn?t even need to do.

Proudest business moment: Meeting Bill Gates and asking him why he wasn?t following the web-based software model. He wasn?t impressed ? but Microsoft is now following the model. I like to think I inspired him. 

Your business mentor: Lord Young. He?s been amazing at guiding me through growing the business and avoiding pitfalls. He?s a very wise old man!

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