Seven Questions...with Anthony Mark Cutter

Mark Cutter in the newly opened Sun Street Bottle Shop.
Mark Cutter in the newly opened Sun Street Bottle Shop.

Anthony Mark Cutter is a lawyer and social scientist by training, a publican and wine merchant of Lancaster by accident and a consultant researcher and freelance lecturer in his not so spare time.

What was your first job?

I think technically, I was illegally running a pet sitting service from the age of 11, but I can’t remember precisely.

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

Do I ever relax? I’m a bit of a workaholic … but my hobbies include drinking fine wine, craft beer and rare spirits, alongside eating nice meals. Fortunately, my job seems to involve those things. I also really enjoy giving lectures, learning new things, teaching new things, and coming up with new ideas.

When I do get to relax properly, I like to watch films and TV Series (in one box-set or on demand TV fuelled block) with a glass of one of the above named work related relaxants.

I especially like biopics and science-fiction.

Proudest moment in business?

It’s any moment when you realise that in some small way you’re doing a good job. Whether it’s because someone tells you that you are, or because you just know you’ve done it well. I try to see my businesses as part of the community, and it is good to know when that works.

Most embarrassing moment at work?

Giving a lecture a group of high school students about the ethics of science, referring to Jurassic Park, and then realising none of them had seen the film. Then realising I was old. That was quite embarrassing.

Luckily I had a clip on my laptop to save the day.

Your biggest vice?

I refuse to give up on ideas that I believe in.

Who is the biggest influence on your life?

My children.

Word of business advice?

Believe in your ideas, stick to your guns and try to remember three things:

Everyone has to eat.

Always do interesting work.

Make the world better today than it was yesterday.