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Name: Michael Hayman

Age: 41

Company: Seven Hills, a campaigning public relations business specialising in entrepreneurs and enterprise

Company turnover: £1m-plus

First job: Parliamentary research assistant

Dream job: Got it – being my own boss

Car: Jaguar XK8 and Range Rover Sport

Economy, business or first class: Business whenever possible

Most extravagant purchase: Bought a ridiculously overpriced Aston Martin DB7 on my credit card in my early thirties to boost my romantic prospects. Proves why Thomas Hobbes said that man is a creature of passion first and reason second.

Most-played song on your iPod: Mr Blue Sky by ELO 

Best business book: Purple Cow by Seth Godin

Worst business moment: Feeling trapped working for somebody else –  a specific board meeting where I thought I might not have the guts to go for it on my own.

Proudest business moment: First day at Seven Hills. I had the sense that the biggest journey of my life was beginning…

Your business mentor: My brilliant friend Peter de Haan has provided the wisest advice. He successfully exited Saga; built a new business services brand, OTM; and is a very effective philanthropist. 

Next big thing: I am a co-founder of StartUp Britain, which we launched with the Prime Minister, Chancellor and Business Secretary. We have great ambitions for it as a major campaign for entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses.

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