Seven Questions...with Ian Simpson

Ian Simpson
Ian Simpson

Ian is a director of Lancaster based Knight Training (UK) Ltd.

What was your first job?

Working in the café at Forton Motorway services during the summer holidays.

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

I love listening to music, but generally I watch television with a glass of wine, catching up on my recorded programmes.

3. Proudest moment in business?

Taking my business to where it is today. Starting seven years ago and working in an office at home on my own, to today in our newly expanded offices with nine staff working with me in Lancaster on White Cross Business Park.

Most embarrassing moment at work?

I had just got my new car which was automatic; I was about to drive out of the White Cross Car Park late one evening, waving at the security guard and forgetting that the car no longer has a clutch, but only a brake; As I stamped on the clutch, which was really the brake, the wheels locked! I nearly went through the windscreen and the security guard looked on, trying to figure out why this man had slammed his brakes on when there was not another car in the car park!

What is your biggest vice?

My iPhone, definitely. I’m addicted to it.

I have all the staff e mails come in on it, I am on Linked in, Facebook, I watch Sky News from it in a morning whilst I’m shaving and getting ready for work. I download all my music on to it and play it on my music systems, I listen to radio programmes which I’ve missed, I don’t know what I’d do without it.

Who is the biggest influence on your life?

I would say it has to be my wife, Lesley.

Without her original support, agreement, patience and acceptance of my business ideas seven years ago, I would not have been able to achieve the success I have today.

Word of business advice?

Be brave. Make the leap of faith and take risks. It’s all about seeing and taking any opportunities.

Also, a big one for me is, don’t try to “get rich quick”. Most sustainable businesses need to be built up over a period of time, slowly and carefully, to allow a solid base to work from.