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Under the spotlight: Sam Edwards, regional business manager, Certas Energy

01 Career history: I recently returned to the Gulf network after three years as a territory manager with Essar. I'd previously spent nine years with Certas Energy working in distribution, lubricants, commercial and retail. My various roles included depot manager, business manager for alternative fuels and retail area manager.

02 Dream job if you weren't doing this: Professional ironman.

03 What do you drive: Whatever I can get away with on the company car list.

04 Where did you grow up: Hereford in South West England.

05 Perfect day: On holiday with my wife and daughter.

06 Holiday wish list: Beer and sunglasses.

07 Favourite read: Mostly Peppa Pig, with some Winne the Pooh thrown in for good measure.

08 Three words to describe yourself: Hard working, humble, ambitious.

09 Possessions you couldn't do without: My trainers.

10 Most admire: People that get knocked down but get back up and try again.

11 Best news this year: Being back in the Gulf team.

12 Biggest fear: Heights closely followed by 'the look' from my wife.

13 Most important qualities in the workplace: Hard working, hungry, can-do attitude

14 Best holiday: Visiting the Maldives.

15 What motivates you: To be the best at what I do.

16 Best thing about the job: Every day is different, different people, different environments it's an ever- changing landscape which really excites me.

17 Best bit of business advice you've ever received: Listen and don't judge everyone by the same book.

18 Most recent business achievements of note: Returning to the Gulf family. It's a great team, a really dynamic brand and we have some big things on the horizon. I can't wait to play my part as we grow the Gulf network across the UK.

19 Best thing about forecourt retailing: Nothing ever stands still, there is always evolution.

20 Anything new in forecourt retailing: Two things immediately come to mind: the impressive new Gulf forecourt image and fantastic new Oomph loyalty scheme, which is definitely going to light up the sector within the next 12 months.


As the smaller/family owned independent forecourt businesses continue to be acquired by the big operators, do you think now could be the right time for you to sell up?