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Company Name: Ashwood Scotland
Name: Archie Meikle
Position: Managing Director
What are the main activities of the business?
Construction, development and property.
Are you enjoying what you do every day?
Each day has a new or unexpected challenge. However, I am in the office before 7 am, fully refreshed and relishing the day ahead.
As a business person, describe your three main qualities.
That’s a difficult question, you would need to ask my colleagues and customers. However, I believe in a strong team ethos both with our staff, customers and stakeholders to ensure that what we do produces the required outcome.
What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
There have been several, as I have been involved in selling my first business and management buy-outs. However, Ashwood Scotland was a new-start business which has grown to a multi-million pound turnover, employing more than 50 staff, operatives an sub-contractors, many of whom have been with us for several years and are West Lothian based.
What do you see as your job’s biggest challenge?
After the financial crash in 2008 and the deep recession that followed, we had to respond proactively and identify new markets to ensure that we maintained our position, which I am glad to report that we did and did not have to make any of our loyal staff redundant.
If you could turn the clock back, what would you have changed about your business career?
Nothing really. There have been some downsides, which is part and partial of running a business. However, it is how you deal with those challenges and turn them into positives.
What is your favourite way to unwind?
Playing golf and I have also in the past eight years developed a passion (some say an obsession) for cooking.
If you could choose anyone, who would be your fantasy dinner party guests and why?
Lord Alan Sugar (fantastic business brain and his vision is second to none). Nelson Mandela (what a contribution to humanity and peace) and Robert Burns (for the rich legacy he not only left the people of Scotland, but his impact is still felt to this day the world over).
What advice would you give to others who are trying to be a success in business?
You have to have a dogged determination and face any challenges head-on, but equally importantly never cut corners and run and manage your business in an exemplary manner.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Difficult to say. I am 53 and starting working for myself at 21 and I am self-motivated, so, if not directly running Ashwood, most certainly involved in some challenge.