GET TO KNOW: Paul Briggs, sales manager, Topro

Paul Briggs, sales manager, Topro

How long have you worked for your current employer and how did you get into the industry?
I have been with Topro for six years now. I initially got into the industry with a company called PDQ, which gave me a unique insight to the industry.

What’s the hardest part of your job?
Working for a company in another country has its demands. I have learnt a great deal about the Norwegian culture and temperament in the last six years.

Which other company (inside or outside the industry) do you most admire and why?
Toppings Book Shop. It’s a small independent shop that offers a friendly welcome, book reviews and a cup of coffee when you go in. Books are always at full RRP and there is fierce competition from Amazon and the internet but they offer a unique, friendly service. It’s not dissimilar to several mobility retailers in the UK.

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What’s the first thing you do when you get into work in the morning?
Set my sat-nav up, turn the radio on and put my phone on hands-free. I’m on the road most days.

What’s your biggest achievement in the industry to date?
Seeing Topro Ltd grow from one person to four in 2017 and plans for future growth in 2018.

What do you most enjoy about working in the industry?
The diverse people within it — mobility retailers, healthcare professionals and end-users themselves. The satisfaction from making a sale to seeing someone with a product which will enhance their life is a good feeling.

If you could invite any four people (dead or alive) to a dinner party, who would they be?
My father and children. He died before they were born so I would like him to say hello to them and give them a chance to meet their grandfather.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I play a lot of sport — cricket and tennis predominantly — and enjoy reading when I get a chance. I like being outside so going to a beach is certainly something I enjoy.

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
My daughter Florence and her take on life.

If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you bought?
Plane tickets.

Tell us something about yourself that none of your colleagues know?
I once shaved my eyebrows to look like Gary Numan.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
‘Don’t turn your head away from a moving cricket ball’, as it headed towards my head.

In a word

Favourite food: Chicken
Favourite drink: Grapefruit juice
Favourite holiday destination: America
Favourite band/music artist: Jane’s Addiction
Favourite film: Leaving Las Vegas
Favourite book: Damage Done (Warren Fellows)
Favourite TV show: NFL Hard Knocks
Favourite shop: Second-hand book shop
Favourite gadget: Phone
Favourite thing you own: My memory

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