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Murray Carmichael-Smith

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Name: Murray Carmichael-Smith

Age: 44

Company: bcsAgency

Turnover: £2m (2010)

First job: I started a leather jacket shop in York while I was at Art College. Each Sunday (this was pre-Sunday shop opening), I used to hire hotel rooms across the North of England and hold leather jackets sales. I once got chased out of North Shields by a gang trying to rob all my stock, with an undercover police squad hiding in the back of our van…

Dream job: Headline writer for the Sun.

Car: Used to be the fastest thing BMW could offer (m3) but with all the speed cameras around and being more environmentally friendly, it’s now a BMW 5 series.

Economy, business or first class: On my own, economy. Being Scottish, every penny is a prisoner. With my wife, it’s another story.

Most extravagant purchase: Nothing amazing springs to mind, I’m afraid (see Scottish reference above).

Most played song on iPod: Anything by Jamiroquai.

Best business book: Art of War. Cliché, I know, but true.

Worst business moment: We had to let a few of the team go after we lost a major account (big credit card company).

Proudest business moment: Setting up this business with little more than some magic markers pens, a DOS word processor, a printer and a potted plant.

Business mentor: I avidly follow Martin Sorrell from WPP.

Your next big thing: bcsAgency is 100 per cent my focus. We’ve some exciting plans we want to enjoy executing. I’m in no rush to get to the end of this great journey.

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