George Dennison is the owner and manager of The Traveller in Lancaster, which recently celebrated thirty years of trading.
What was your first job?
My first full time job was working as a junior clerk in the planning department at Storeys of Lancaster’s Moor Lane Mills.
I have many happy memories of my time there.
The offices are still situated in the same location but sadly Storeys of Lancaster are no longer in existence.
How do you relax after a hard day’s work?
After a hard day’s work, I enjoy spending quality time with my new grandson Hector.
I’m also a big fan of cricket and cannot wait for the start of the cricket world cup.
What is your proudest moment in business to date?
This has got to be celebrating our 30th year in the travel business, after opening our first shop in 1985 (the week my eldest daughter was born).
We have traded through economic highs and lows, wars and ash clouds and have booked over 250,000 holidays in this time.
We are looking forward to the next 250,000.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
My most embarrassing moment is hard to choose (according to family and work colleagues there have been a few).
The one that stands out for me is when I was on a corporate trip to the Open Golf at Troon.
I embarrassingly mistook the Scottish first Minister as a waiter and proceeded to place my drinks order with him. He still very kindly obliged.
My colleagues informed me later who he was!
5. What is your biggest vice?
Chocolate biscuits, crunchies, malteasers……basically anything chocolate and containing too many calories.
6. Who is the biggest influence in your life?
I will have to go with the obvious my father, he taught me to have a strong work ethic and preached if you invest the time and effort you will reap the rewards, this is very true.
7. Word of business advice.
Embrace technology and move with the times, even if you have to be dragged along kicking and screaming…like me!