Name: John Griffin
Company: Addison Lee
First job: Articled to an accountant.
Dream job: Manager of Arsenal FC.
Car: Bentley Continental GT
Economy, business or first-class: Business
Most extravagant purchase: My Bentley Continental GT.
Most played song on your iPod: “Caledonia” by Celtic Woman.
Business book: I don’t do business books. I think they’re too simplistic – there are no shortcuts in business, success is down to hard work.
Worst business moment: A few years ago I had to sack a long-serving employee who couldn’t make the transition to the new technology-driven business. It was a hard decision but necessary for the business to continue to grow.
Proudest business moment: When my two sons both chose to join the company.
Business mentor: I admire Richard Branson – people speak highly of him as a person and he’s got a great gift for generating free publicity which is an important skill.
Next big thing: I have a lot of outside interests including property, iron ore, a puncture repair kit that will make spare tires obsolete, as well as a virtual world learning website for kids. I expect all of these to be very successful in the next 12 months!
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