Name: Martyn Dawes Age: 43 Company: Coffee Nation Company turnover: ?20m when I exited in 2008; the company has just been sold again, this time to Whitbread/Costa. First job: Management trainee in an aerospace components supplier.?Dream job: When I was a child I wanted to be an airline pilot. Sadly I am colour blind so that stayed a dream! Leading Coffee Nation was (at least most days) a dream job; it never felt like work! Car: Aston Martin DBS Economy, business or first class: Economy always on short haul, business on really long flights? and if I have enough air miles. Most extravagant purchase: See car, above! Most-played song on your iPod: Matt Monro’s “On Days Like These”, when driving the car on fast roads on a sunny day. Watch the opening scene of The Italian Job to see why. Also, “Chase the Sun” by Planet Funk. Very inspirational. Best business book: How Life ImitatesChess by Garry Kasparov; Think Big by Donald Trump and an early nineties biography of Tiny Rowland by Tom Bower called Rebel Tycoon.Worst business moment: Not paying down redeemable cumulative preference shares when we had the cash and instead investing in long-term company development. Proudest business moment: The two successful exits for the company in 2008 and again this year. That?s what it?s all about! Your business mentor: There has not been one single individual ? I have been fortunate to be helped by various successful people along the way. That continues to this day. Next big thing: I am now working on my next business venture. I am following the classic “serial entrepreneur” route: a different sector to before, get in early, play to a long-term trend, follow your instincts and don?t over analyse.
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