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Under the Spotlight: Mahmood Saleem
13 December, 2017

Name:Mahmood Saleem

Job title:Owner

Company:Jet Ardeer Services

01 Career history: I bought my first (tiny) newsagents in 2001 and turned it into a c-store, buying the store next door to expand the business. I then bought Ardeer in 2005 as a completely run-down business, but over the years have transformed it into a state-of-the-art 18-nozzle Jet forecourt and double-storey Nisa store.

02 Dream job: Farmer. When I was 13 and living in Pakistan my father died, so I stepped in to run my family's farming business.

03 What do you drive: Range Rover.

04 What would you like to drive: Lamborghini.

05 Perfect day: The day my daughter was born. She's 11 and the boss in our house!

06 Favourite team: Tennis is the only sport I really enjoy watching I'm a huge fan of Andy Murray.

07 Favourite read: I rarely find the time to read, but Ian Rankin's Watchman is one of my favourites.

08 Favourite film: Notting Hill a classic romcom!

09 Best holiday: Orlando with my family it was an unforgettable experience!

10 Possessions you couldn't do without: My mobile it keeps me connected 24/7 if my staff need to get hold of me!

11 Most admire: Nelson Mandela he was inspirational and the ultimate people's champion.

12 Most likely to say: "Hurry up!"

13 Least likely to say: "That's okay you've done enough."

14 Greatest achievement: Being crowned Scotland's Local Retailer of the Year.

15 Greatest fear: Being lonely.

16 Tips for business success: Never give up hard work always pays off.

17 Best business advice you've received: Not direct advice as such, but Richard Branson once said "Take care of your employees and they'll take care of your business". I couldn't agree more!

18 Best thing about your job: Being supported by fantastic staff and very loyal customers. I'm very fortunate that my staff are just as passionate as I am about Ardeer's success.

19 Most recent business achievement/s of note: Winning the 'Scotland up to 4mlpa' category in this year's Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards.

20 Three words to describe yourself: Persistent, innovative and quick-thinking.


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