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    Day in the Life: Peter Brooks


    T hey say that only a minority of people are in the right job well I consider myself one of the fortunate few. Of course, it would be wrong to say that every day is perfect, but overall I enjoy my work and often describe it as an addiction in ...

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    Day in the Life: Lee Papper


    I founded TLM Group Technology in 2011, having worked in the forecourt industry for nearly 20 years for various companies including LSL, Gilbarco and Torex. I started my career as a trainee and worked my way up to service engineer. I wanted to start my own company because I felt ...

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    Day in the Life: George Watson


    A 3.15am alarm signals the start of my day as I aim to be through the gates of the Grangemouth depot by 4am. To avoid the queues that build towards Ineos Grangemouth, all of us tanker drivers arrive before 4.45am and, as we start our day, one thing is guaranteed; ...

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    Day in the Life: George Field


    I know lots of people say no two days are the same for them but for me that really is true. And that’s because I don’t work nine-to-five. I live in Comrie in Perthshire and clock up about 45,000 miles a year working for Air-serv covering Scotland, the North East, ...

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    Day in the Life: Jerry Marwood


    Like most of us, for me the typical day doesn’t exist which is, I guess, why we are attracted to this industry, however one common component is an early start! Wherever I’m heading that day, I like to get on with it. This means dressing in the dark to avoid ...

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    Day in the Life: Ray Blake


    Since leaving my 35-year career in the enforcement of petroleum legislation, just over a year ago, I don’t have a typical day and I’m very happy with this situation. Gone are the frustrating car journeys into and around London, and not having the daily commute alone has given me an ...

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    Day in the Life: Hemant Tandon


    I start most days at 6.30am with a spinning class at my local gym. I often question why I allow myself to be screamed at by my spinning instructor but, by the end of the 45-minute class, the exhilarating feeling convinces me otherwise. Spinning is definitely the best way to ...

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    Day in the Life: Ian Taylor


    Just as no two Spar stores are the same, no two days in my job are the same, either! As head of retail at Spar, my role isn’t office based. In any given week, I could have to travel from Manchester to Northern Ireland, to Scotland to Exeter, then a ...

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    Day in the Life: SB Prasad


    A fter 35 years in business, the one thing I can say with some certainty is that although no two days are the same, they are always interesting. I’ll wake at 6am and spend 20 minutes doing some yoga, to set me up for the challenges ahead, before reviewing my ...

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    Day in the Life: Bob Etchingham


    As a long-time reader of Forecourt Trader, I have read many descriptions of ’A day in the Life’ of various oil industry executives. Most rise with the sun and endure a gruelling day before ’replacing the nozzle’ late in the evening! I am not going to try and persuade you ...

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    Day in the Life: Chris Murphy and Niki Cooknell


    Chris says: We formed the ’dream team’ two years ago with me as territory manager and Niki as account co-ordinator, looking after our customers in the South. We catch up by phone first thing, when we share our plans for the day and talk about yesterday’s activities as well as ...

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    Day in the Life: Laurence King


    My working day begins at 6.30am, with a shower, a bowl of trill (old age) and then I drop my youngest son at the school bus for 7.30am. My office is in Tebay Services (M6) in Cumbria so I might normally travel there, but we now have Gloucester Services (M5) ...

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    Day in the Life: Nick Lowe


    My alarm on my i-watch goes off at 4.45am - technology has moved on a lot in the 25 years I have been working in retail. Breakfast is an almond milk and fruit smoothie, and then I’m ready for the day. I check off any urgent emails or messages that ...

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    Day in the Life: Graham Clout


    I am not a huge fan of early starts and am definitely one of those people who needs three cups of coffee before I feel ready to tackle the day. I live fairly close to our UK headquarters in Warwick but, thanks to the increasing traffic, what used to be ...

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    Day in the Life: Colin Levy


    My day usually starts at 6.30am, when I get dressed then take our two spaniels for their morning workout. I live close to a country park which is a blessing as both dogs are young with plenty of energy to burn. I use the time to think through the day ...

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    Day in the Life: Darren Briggs


    I usually wake up just before 6am. My iPhone automatically receives financial reports each morning from the previous trading day, which I then usually go through in bed, much to the annoyance of my partner Claire. Then it’s time to get up. I take my two step children, Freya and ...

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    Day in the Life: Mark Barnard


    For 30 years of my working life I have worked in much larger corporate focused organisations which, in the main, were very much results driven. Over those 30 years, I have gained a wealth of knowledge, gathered buckets of skills and attended more class room workshops than I ever did ...

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    Day in the Life: Graham Tissiman


    I’m an early riser and set my alarm for 5.10am. I head off to the gym as soon as it opens for around an hour’s work out. Over the past few years the gym has become part of my daily routine and I find it sets me up for the ...

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    Day in the Life: Chris Loach


    A typical working day starts at 6.30am with an espresso to kick start the day. This is followed by a brisk walk with the dog, making sure we avoid the postman! It’s a great time to gather my thoughts for the day ahead. I then spend an hour or so ...

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    Day in the Life: Martin Steggles


    The start of my working day varies depending on where I wake up! On Mondays I generally drive from my home in the south to the office in Doncaster, a journey of some three hours. The alarm wakes me at around 4.45am but I don’t leave the house until an ...