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Neil Lloyd

Sales Director, FBC Manby Bowdler

  1. IN A NUTSHELL, WHAT DOES YOUR COMPANY DO?

We provide legal services, for both individuals and businesses.

  1. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN YOUR CURRENT JOB?

2.5 years.

  1. EXPLAIN A TYPICAL WEEK IN YOUR WORKING LIFE:

Typical week contains a mix of performance reviews, internal meetings with marketing / finance, client meetings

  1. WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FACING YOUR INDUSTRY RIGHT NOW?

Solicitors need to ensure they deliver stellar service to all of their clients, all of the time. 

  1. AND WHAT ARE THE BIG OPPORTUNITIES?

There are always opportunities!! Maximising the use of new technology would be the biggest one at the moment

  1. HOW DO YOU GET THE BEST OUT OF YOUR STAFF?

We provide our staff with a great working environment, reward them well and have a great overall package including unlimited holiday

  1. WHAT WAS YOUR LAST MEETING ABOUT, HOW LONG DID IT LAST, AND WAS IT PRODUCTIVE?

We’re Patrons of Made in the Midlands, a membership organisation that works with manufacturers. This morning I was at one member’s premises explaining the services we provide and getting a better idea of their products.  It lasted 2 hours and was very productive.

  1. HOW MANY EMAILS DO YOU GET IN A DAY, AND HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU HAVE TO READ THEM?

I get about a 100 a day.  I read them all to one level or another.  Delete the spam, read those I’m CC’d into next, then organise the others into Action or Information

  1. DO YOU ANSWER WORK CALLS OR EMAILS AT HOME? WHAT’S THE RIGHT WORK-LIFE BALANCE?

I spend a couple of nights a week out at functions and on the others tend to work long hours, not returning home until 7:30-8 each night, so I try and keep working at home to a minimum. The balance works for my family, but they are very understanding. 

  1. HOW DO YOU HOPE YOUR COLLEAGUES WOULD DESCRIBE YOU?

Firm but fair.  I have high expectations of the people that work around me.

  1. BREXIT – WHAT’S YOUR VIEW OF WHAT IT’S ALL GOING TO MEAN?

Change for everyone and definitely costly for those in business

  1. HIGHLIGHTS OR LOWLIGHTS OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR?

No lowlights, highlights have to be the two national awards we won at Xmas.  One for being the Best Employer of the Year and the other for our Outstanding Commitment to Training & Development.

  1. PET HATES?

Inboxes with thousands of emails in. Organise them!!

  1. IF YOU COULD GO BACK AND GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF SOME WISE ADVICE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I run with Birchfield Harriers. I’d tell myself to take running more seriously I could have been good at it!!

  1. HOW DO YOU RELAX AWAY FROM WORK?

Running, bass guitar and time with the family.

  1. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS SPECIAL ABOUT THE SHROPSHIRE BUSINESS COMMUNITY?

I think what’s special is the support the business community gives each other.  When people ask for advice there always seems plenty willing to offer it.

  1. TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT MOST PEOPLE PROBABLY WOULDN’T KNOW.

I ran the 1500m against Steve Cram. He won . . . by quite a bit.

  1. YOU CAN TAKE ONE BOOK, ONE FILM AND ONE CD ONTO A DESERT ISLAND – WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

A Lee Child book, a film called Sahara adapted from a book by Clive Cussler and Pete Tong’s latest album.

  1. YOUR FIVE DREAM DINNER PARTY GUESTS, DEAD OR ALIVE?

Chris Martin (Coldplay), Richard Reed (Innocent Drinks), Jo Malone (Jo Loves), Tim Peake and Victoria Wood.

  1. WHAT WOULD YOU COOK FOR THEM?

I do a mean Mexican.

 

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