18 May, 2007



The Drinkstop,



Your shop is burning down, what three things do you grab as you leg it out the door?

The takings, my laptop and the insurance policy. Actually I might leave the laptop behind and grab a bottle of vodka instead.

If you had an extra hour in the day, what would you do with it?

Tidy up the stockroom; it's always in a mess. It would probably take me an hour to get into it, though.

Does money motivate you?

In a nutshell, yes. I would love to support my family financially and be mortgage free. At the moment, I'm dreaming about sipping piņa coladas with Richard Branson on Necker Island.

After a hard day's work, what drink do you kick back and relax with?

I'm a Guinness man through and through. Sometimes I'll have a Baileys and Malibu over ice. I'm also a big fan of Strawberry Fruli; I know its a girls' drink, but who cares?

If you could choose anyone in the world to be prime minister, who would it be?

I would choose my three-year-old son Ryan. He amazes me all the time .

What one thing or person is guaranteed to make your blood boil?

It's that customer that decides to make his or her purchase having raided the piggy bank. They always decide to pop in at the busiest time of day. However, I just grit my teeth and keep on smiling; after all, every penny counts.

Which drinks retailer do you most admire?

It's got to be Majestic; they win hands down. Definitely the most friendly, helpful and down-to-earth people I've met to date.

What's the best age to be?

Probably when I was young, free and single . Just kidding; I'm 32, happily married and have two wonderful kids - it's got to be right now.

If you could change one thing about the drinks industry, what would it be?

Price-fix alcohol for the supermarkets. Most of the time they seem to be giving it away. Something needs to be done.

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