Our MD, Paul Cooney, was recently interviewed by the Chester Chronicle on what a typical day looks like for the Managing Director of a successful invoice finance company. Here is a round up of Paul’s interview.
How does your day begin?
I will start my day at around 6:30am usually, have my breakfast of a banana and bottle of water and then occasionally I will take my kids to school if my wife, Debbie, is working. I leave for work early enough that my drive in from Liverpool is relatively easy, usually getting to the office at around 8am.
What do you typically wear?
I wear a suit every day for work, but the shoes come first in my eyes! I am a huge fan of classic English shoes, such as Oliver Sweeney. You’ll always catch me looking at people’s shoes.
How do you organise your work?
With such a busy work schedule my tasks for each day could easily be missed if I didn’t organise my workload properly, so I am known to make detailed lists of my tasks for each day. This keeps me on track to know where I am up to and what I have on my plate so I don’t lie awake at night worrying that I have forgotten something.
Where are you usually based?
My work will often start in the office and I am usually there 50% of the time, but the nature of my role means I am often out and about at meetings with clients and prospective clients for a large proportion of my day.
What’s for lunch?
It’s difficult to say where I’ll be at lunch time so I am never too organised when it comes to bringing lunch into work, I usually nip to Marks & Spencer for a sandwich.
What time does your working day usually end?
The end to my day will differ from day to day depending on how far I am with work to be completed or if my daughter Aimie has her dancing class or my son, Jack has football.
What is your favourite part of being MD for Zodeq?
I love that my job is about helping businesses achieve their potential and to grow. Building relationships with businesses is a fantastic part of my job, and from this I get to learn so much about different industries that I would never have known otherwise.
What is your least favourite part?
I receive a lot of emails, so many that at times it can feel like it’s taking over my day! I try and set specific times each day where I will check my emails as I find this leads me to be more productive when I’m not constantly checking them.
Aside from what you do now, what would be your dream job?
That would be a tie between a sommelier in Italy so I can sample all of the fantastic wines, or a luxury hotel suite tester so that I can visit all of the luxurious hotels in locations across the world.
How do you like to wind down when not working?
I love to cook, I am my family’s chef at the weekend; my favourite dish to make is Salmon linguine.
Take a look at Paul’s full interview with the Chester Chronicle below.