Name: Paul Lindley Age: 44 Company: Ella?s KitchenTurnover: ?31m First job: Trainee chartered accountant Dream job: Chairman of Virgin Group Car: Jaguar XKR Economy, business or first class: I’ve travelled all three (and Concorde!) Most extravagant purchase: My Panarai watch. I love, love, love it. Most-played song on your iPod: Mary J Blige?s version of “One”. Best business book:Marketing Judo by Richard Richardson of Harry Ramsden fame. Worst business moment: Effecting a product recall Proudest business moment: The launch of Ella’s Kitchen ? ?January 22, 2006. I’ll never forget seeing my daughter?s face on each of our products, stocked on the shelves of 350 Sainsbury stores.?The dream was now a reality. Your business mentor: Richard Branson would be true but too obvious. I would love to have met George Cadbury or John Spedan Lewis ? both sons of founders who transformed their businesses into unique companies 100 years ahead of their time. Next big thing: Electric cars, alternative fuels, solar panels. Paul Lindley is a speaker at the?MADE?Entrepreneur FestivalElla’s Kitchen scooped the Customer Excellence gong at our Growing Business Awards in 2009. Want to enter this year’s event? Visit the Growing Business Awards website.
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