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Eddy Ankrett

Name: Eddy Ankrett

Age: 67

Company: I’m a non-exec at creative agency WAA

Turnover:  £3m. We employ more than 30 staff. I also run Dateline.

First job: Hepworth’s the Tailors

Dream job: Helping to set up and develop Comet Discount Warehouses.

Car: XK8 now replaced with Range Rover (I’ve gone from boy racer to aged driver!).

Economy, business or first class: First class  

Most extravagant purchase: My wife

Most played song on iPod: “You lift me up” by Josh Groban

Best business bookThe Google Boys

Worst Business Moment: When Stephanie Slater was kidnapped in 1992. I was the managing director of Shipways Estate Agents and Stephanie was working for me at the time. It changed my life forever. 

Proudest business moment: Setting up Dixons Estate Agents

Your business mentor: My wife (again)

Next big thing: I am now a “street-fighting entrepreneur” and a mentor to young people with ideas, passion and energy. This is how I spend 80 per cent of my time and I love it.  


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