Twenty questions with Rachael Hockmeyer
Job title Director
Company Hockmeyer Motors Ltd
01 Career history: My family bought our current site in 1972, and I worked there as a teenager. After University I worked as a branch manager for Stead and Simpson and then as a store manager for Argos before returning to the business in 1999 with my husband Christian.
02 Dream job: I would love to be a milliner.
03 What do you drive: I have just bought a Toyota CHR Hybrid.
04 What would you like to drive: It would have to be the DB9 Bond Edition.
05 Possessions you couldn’t live without: I have three antique sewing machines that I have inherited which hold a lot of sentimental value for me.
06 Perfect day: Anything with good food and wine, good music and good company.
07 Favourite read: My favourite book of all time is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, but I enjoy a good thriller.
08 Favourite team: I am patriotic so I like to support our national teams.
09 Thing you most admire: It would have to be Audrey Hepburn’s style.
10 Best holiday: Florida.
11 Most likely to say: I’ll have a Prosecco please.
12 Least likely to say: No, I don’t want to dance.
13 Greatest achievement: Keeping my sanity while running a business, looking after a family, performing in musicals, being a schools trustee and serving on the Spar Guild.
14 Greatest fear: Snakes, I am terrified of them.
15 Tip for business success: Go big or go home winners take the greatest risks.
16 Best business advice you’ve received: Don’t be afraid to walk away. If you take risks, sometimes they don’t work and you need to cut your losses.
17 Best thing about your job: My staff and customers, but they are the worst things too!
18 Most recent business achievement: We have been delighted with the response we’ve had from leaving a bag of Spar goodies and a welcome letter as a house-warming gift to new residents of the housing estate being built across the road.
19 Thoughts on the forecourt sector: I was very impressed with the quality of forecourt services in Ireland when I visited last year.
20 Three words to describe yourself: My staff did this one for me. They decided on: ambitious, fair and family-orientated. I was just pleased that ’alcoholic’ was not on the list!