Seven Questions...with Jonathan Eighteen

Jonny Eighteen
Jonny Eighteen

Jonathan Eighteen is a territory manager for Lancaster and Morecambe Newspapers

What was your first job?

I had both a morning and evening paper round all the way through school but my first job was washing neighbours’ cars from around the age of eight. I built up quite a healthy business until my mate started undercutting my rates.

How do you relax after a hard day’s work?

I go to the gym three times 
a week, play squash and 
enjoy downhill mountain biking. We are so lucky to have The Lakes on our doorstep, it’s some of the most stunning scenery in the world and it’s less than an hour from my house. I also enjoy music producing, making house and drum and bass.

Proudest moment in business?

I’ve always been proud of working for The Guardian. We have loyal readers who I know enjoy reading the paper each week. From a personal point of view, I think my proudest moment was when a local MP highlighted my feature for ‘Save Chipping Post Office’ in a speech on the same subject in the Houses of Parliament.

Most embarrassing moment at work?

I think winning a Salsa dance competition at work is up there as one of my most embarrassing moments. Anyone who knows me will know that I cannot dance so to win was a bit of a shock. It only became really embarrassing when I saw the video on people’s Facebook timelines!

What is your biggest vice?

I’m a coffee addict! I don’t know how people can leave the house in the morning without a nice strong coffee. I spend a lot of time on wifi catching up on emails so I make the most of the coffee shops in Lancaster, in particular Diggles.

Who is the biggest influence on your life?

My dad was always a grafter and instilled a work attitude in me from an early age, hence the car washing empire I started!

He always said that if I could leave work knowing I’d worked to my full potential, everything else would fall into place.

Word of business advice?

​Don’t ignore online! I know many businesses think it’s not for them but the world has changed significantly over the past few years.