“My first job”

1. Doug Richard, founder of School for Startups

“I was a short-order cook in a diner where I grew up in Buffalo, New York – in other words I was flipping burgers and cooking fries.”

2. Jos White, founder of Notion Capital

“I was a waiter in the Dome restaurant in Oxford. I actually started behind the bar but worked my way up!”

3. Fred Turok, founder of LA Fitness

“When I was 11, I worked at the residence of the President of Tanzania looking after his horses.”

4. Rob Law, founder of Magmatic

“I was a dog’s body on a reclamation brick yard.”

5. Dragon Duncan Bannatyne

“I had wanted a bicycle, but was told by my mother that she couldn’t afford to buy me one. So I asked the local newsagent if I could start my own paper round; but was told that I would need a list of 100 potential customers. I painstakingly knocked on many doors and eventually drew up a list of 100 names and addresses. I got the job, bought the bike, and never looked back.”

6. Tim Mead, founder of Yeo Valley

“Working on the farm at home.”

7. Mark Pearson, founder of MyVoucherCodes

“I worked for my parents’ fruit and veg and flower shop.”

8. Fraser Doherty, founder of SuperJam

“Selling bacon door to door for an eccentric bacon entrepreneur.”

9. Margaret Manning, founder of Reading Room

“Office junior at Worcester Boilers, an old family firm which built and sold boilers, when I was 18. I was the most junior person in the office and did lots of filing and making tea for the boss.”

10. Charlie Mullins, founder of Pimlico Plumbers

“Bunking off school to help a local plumber before becoming an apprentice at age 15.”

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