Say hello to our new Business Development Consultant, Mike Barnes. Mike joined the team a month ago and is our sixth member of staff.
Mike brings with him 30 years of sales experience working for a number of market-leading global organisations. We’re delighted to have Mike as part of the team.
Let’s find out what makes Mike tick:
What was your first job?
My first job was a Saturday job, I must have been mid teens, working on a farm. 5 hours on a Saturday morning. They employed 3 of us, all the same age and we became good friends (I’m still in touch with one of them – who was my best man). I hated everything about it apart from the fun we had and the money I earnt. I had to stop when it interfered with my sporting life. How dare work get in the way of fun things.
If you weren’t in your current position what would you be doing?
How to answer this when you’ve just started… in an ideal world, a sports commentator/journalist because you get the chance to talk about and watch sports that you love and get paid for it. Other than that, I do enjoy helping other people/businesses.
What is your favourite holiday location?
A slightly off the wall choice as I’ve been to some great places and whilst I love France, my overall favourite would be Syria. Obviously before the civil war. This was not an organised holiday (clean and sanitised) but one that we arranged ourselves from the flights from Istanbul and a full 24 hour train journey through Turkey to Syria that didn’t work out when the train stopped before the border and we had to make our own way into Syria. We may have been some of the last British tourists to have seen the Citadel in Aleppo (never mind the Al-Madina Souk, which has since been devastated) or the full majesty of the oasis and temples at Palmyra.
However, what saddens us the most is the impact on the people. Some of the warmest, genuine, funny people that we have ever met (and not just on holiday). We felt that we were trailblazers for one of the next great holiday destinations but instead we might be some of the last tourists ever to see the beauty and splendour of this once great country.
What is your favourite restaurant?
Once again I’ve been lucky to go to some really nice restaurants in my time. Some Michelin starred and I was treated to The Tasting Menu option at Baslow Hall in Derbyshire but my overall favourite has to be Relais de la Poste in South West France. So good we went the next night (leaving a sizeable hole in our holiday money). And if we had had more money we would have gone the night after that as well. Only negative is that it’s not that easy to pop into when you fancy a good meal out.
What is your ideal day away from the office?
If wet, mountain bike. If dry, road bike. Do this first thing and that allows me to spend the rest of the day doing what I want and that will vary. It could be as menial as tidying the cellar (which always seems to need doing) to visiting friends or maybe a few crafty hours at “The Big 6”
What are your hobbies?
After the last question, you probably already know the answer to this – though it’s not been that easy to get out as much as I would like over the last 6 months and, as you get older, it takes a bit longer to get the endurance levels back up. And I’ve started to brew my own beer and very very recently wine. Starting off gently with kits but looking to progress to more technical and challenging brews. At the moment it does seem to keep my 19 yr. old daughter very happy!!!!!
What would you do if you won the lottery?
“Do something meaningful” – by that I mean work in the community in some ways. Over the last couple of years I’ve become friends with people who have put a lot back into the local community. Charity work, volunteering and the like. I’ve started to help out but not to the extent that I would like to.