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Sukhi Ghuman

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Name: Sukhi Ghuman 

Age: 33 

Company: Nottingham based security company Octavian Security.  

Turnover: £13m

First job: My first professional job was as a trainee solicitor, but as a student I was also a nighttime security guard. I am ashamed to say I sometimes slept in the site cabin when I should have been keeping guard! I would never stand for any unprofessional actions in the industry now.  

Dream job: That would have to be running a country! 

Car: Jaguar XJ Supersports and Porsche 911. 

Economy, business or first class: Business and first class. Although premium economy on BA and Virgin is excellent. 

Most extravagant purchase: My house.

Most played song on iPod: “Happier Times” by Joe Bonamassa. 

Best business book: Good to Great by Jim Collins. 

Worst business moment: Being told by my former bankers in 2009 that my ideologies were delusional – followed by one of my best business moments of proving them wrong! 

Proudest business moment: I have two. Exporting alcohol-sniffing dogs to Dubai to prevent the smuggling of alcohol into GCC countries. And coming 27th in the 2008/9 Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100

Business mentor: I have a number of them, but the late Michael Burrows, former Octavian director was like a father figure to me. I am proud to say that I still live by many of his principles. 

Next big thing: I’m starting to manage musicians!

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