Martin Thomas is a field sales representative for the Lancaster Guardian and Morecambe Visitor
What was your first job?
I was a Saturday boy for a travel agent when I was 14. This involved answering to phone and making cups of tea for everyone. It turned into a apprenticeship when I reached 16 and gained me NVQ in travel and retail. i would always encourage people to get the best qualifications possible at school but it is not for everyone and if that’s the case with you a apprenticeship is a excellent route to gain further qualifications as well as on the job experience
How do you relax after a hard day’s work?
By going home and spending time with my family until the weekend and then it would be a few drinks with my mates down the Royal Morecambe to totally unwind.
Proudest moment in business?
My proudest moment would be seeing a advertising campaign that I have worked on from start to finish have a real positive impact for our customers.
Most embarrassing moment at work?
When running a childcare feature in one of our magazine I was asked to contact the local nursery’s to discuss them featuring in there, this was all going smoothly until I call Beetham Nursery asking them to advertise in there. I was greeted with a round of laughter and then they explained that they were a nursery of the garden variety and not child care
What is your biggest vice?
Mine is Gadgets and wires I have to have all the latest gadgets from phones & tablets to the latest wireless HDMI and Chromecast (I dont know how I ever lived without my Chromecast).
Who is the biggest influence on your life?
My dad was probably the largest influence he taught me that never to let things get you down because if you work hard enough anything is achievable.
Word of business advice?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help or to make a mistake. Asking for help is never a sign of failure and can only help and its the same with mistakes, the important thing to remember with mistakes is you have to learn from them and as long as you do that your a better person for it.