Donegaldaily.com: What is your career and what do you do?
Gareth: Sports Shop Proprietor, retail sports shop
Donegaldaily.com: Tell us about your first job and how much were you paid?
Gareth: First job would have been in a bag factory earning £5.00 an hour.
Donegaldaily.com:What was your first success in business?
Gareth: Moving from our first location on Main St. to a bigger shop on Quay St. and increasing our stock levels and a better product offering for our customers.
Donegaldaily.com: What has been your biggest mistake in business?
Gareth: When a competitor opened up in town I panicked and over-bought and ended up clearing the stock off at a loss!
Donegaldaily.com: What advice would you give to someone starting out in business today?
Gareth: Start off small and gradually move up the scale and grow the business gradually.
Donegaldaily.com: What item can you not do without?
Donegaldaily.com: What item would you prefer to do without?
Donegaldaily.com: What do you do in your spare time (if you have any)?
Donegaldaily.com: When will you retire?
Gareth: 55 years
Donegaldaily.com: What’s your tip to surviving the recession?
Gareth: Keep costs to a minimum, diversify, and keep the head down and work hard.
Donegaldaily.com: What one thing would you do if you were Finance Minister to help business?
Gareth: Do whatever is possible to try and get more money into the Irish economy as people cannot spend much at the moment due to wages/budget cuts. This is going to affect businesses, and in the circle its going to affect the revenue that the government will generate.